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Red Buttons

An American actor, singer.

Acted in films from an early age, actor, singer.

A very pleasant actor as it seems to show in his character
in the films he appeared in.

At sixteen years old, Buttons got a job as an entertaining bellhop at Ryan's Tavern in City Island, Bronx.

The combination of his red hair and the shiny buttoned bellhop uniform inspired orchestra leader Charles "Dinty" Moore to call him Red Buttons.

In September 1942, Buttons at last got his Broadway debut in Vickie with Ferrer and Uta Hagen.

Won best supporting actor in 'Sayonara' in 1957 as Airman Joe Kelly along side of Marlon Brando.

Even though a noted actor he is also known for being a stand up comedian.

Buttons had his own variety show "The Red Button Show" in 1952.

His role in Sayonara was a dramatic departure from his previous work. In that film, he played Joe Kelly, an American airman stationed in Kobe, Japan during the Korean War.

Also appeared in many TV series such as Knots Landing in 1987 as Al Baker.

Buttons died of vascular disease in 2006 at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles. He was 87 years old.

Films include

1947 Winged Victory
1947 13 Rue Madeleine
1951 Footlight Varieties
1957 Sayonara
1958 Imitation General
1959 The Big Circus
1961 One, Two, Three
1962 Hatari!
1962 Five Weeks in a Balloon
1962 The Longest Day
1962 Gay Purr-ee
1963 A Ticklish Affair
1964 Your Cheatin' Heart
1965 Up from the Beach
1965 Harlow
1966 Stagecoach
1969 The Moviemakers
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
1971 Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name?
1972 The Poseidon Adventure
1976 Gable and Lombard
1977 Viva Knievel!
1977 Pete's Dragon
1978 Movie Movie
1979 C.H.O.M.P.S.
1980 When Time Ran Out
1985 Alice in Wonderland
1988 18 Again!
1990 The Ambulance
1994 It Could Happen to You
1999 The Story of Us
2001 Odessa or Bust
2004 Goodnight, We Love You
2005 Sid Bernstein Presents

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