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Red Buttons

Mostly Credited As: Red Buttons
Sometimes Credited As: Cpl. Red Buttons

Birth Name: Aaron Chwatt
Date Of Birth: February 05, 1919 (Age 87)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: July 13, 2006
Cause Of Death: Vascular Disease in Century City, California
Height: 5' 6" (1.67 m)

Red Buttons


Although Red Buttons is best known as a stand-up comic, he is also a successful songwriter, an Academy Award-winning actor (and has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards) and an accomplished singer. Born Aaron Chwatt in New York City's Lower East Side, Buttons (who got his name from a uniform he wore while working as a singing bellhop) started his show-business career singing on street corners as a child. At 16 he got a job as part of a comedy act playing the famed Catskills resort area in upstate New York (his partner was future actor Robert Alda). Buttons worked the burlesque circuit as a comic and even landed a role in a Broadway play, "Vicki", in 1942. He soon joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and in 1943 was picked for a role in Moss Hart's service play "Winged Victory" on Broadway, and soon afterwards journeyed to Hollywood to make the film version. After his discharge from the service he returned to Broadway, both in plays and as a comic with several big-band orchestras. He was successful enough that he got his own TV series, "The Red Buttons Show", on CBS. It lasted three years and won Buttons an Emmy for Best Comedian. He worked steadily for the next several years, and in 1957 got his big film break in the drama Sayonara with Marlon Brando, in which he played an American soldier stationed in Japan who struggled against the societal and racist pressures of both American and Japanese cultures because of his love for a Japanese woman. His performance garnered him an Academy Award, and more film roles followed. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for "Harlow" and again for "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?". He had a part in the TV series "The Double Life of Henry Phyfe" and has done pretty much every kind of TV show there is, from variety to comedy to soap operas. He gained further renown in the 1960s for his appearances on the "Dean Martin Celebrity Roast" where he performed his "Never Got a Dinner" act to great acclaim. He has played Las Vegas for years, has a star on Hollywood Boulevard (corner of Hollywood and Vine) and has appeared in numerous telethons and charitable events, for which he has been honored by such organizations as the Friars Club and the City of Hope Hospital.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Alice in Wonderland (1985)As: The White Rabbit
The Dream Merchants (1980)As: Bruce Benson
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979)As: Milton -- [Voice]
The Double Life Of Henry Phyfe (1966)As: Henry Wadsworth Phyfe
The Red Buttons Show (1952)As: Himself
Episode Cast Credits 

ER (1994) 
  Ruby Redux 11x19: (Apr/28/2005) As Mr. Rubadoux 
  The Right Thing 02x14: (Feb/08/1996) As Jules 'Ruby' Rubadoux 
  True Lies 02x12: (Jan/25/1996) As Jules 'Ruby' Rubadoux 
  Dead of Winter 02x11: (Jan/04/1996) As Jules 'Ruby' Rubadoux 

Presidio Med (2002) 
  Milagros 01x06: (Oct/23/2002) As Chick 

Street Time (2002) 
  Reversal of Fortune 01x13: (Sep/08/2002) As Sam Kahan 
  Random Act 01x03: (Jun/30/2002) As Sam Kahan 
  Pilot (2) 01x02: (Jun/23/2002) As Sam Kahan 
  Pilot (1) 01x01: (Jun/23/2002) As Sam Kahan 

Philly (2001) 
  The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds 01x12: (Jan/08/2002) As Murray Klopman 

Family Law (1999) 
  Second Chance 01x21: (Apr/24/2000) As Carl Porter 

Dennis Miller Live (1994) 
  Growing Old 06x26: (Aug/06/1999) As Himself 

Early Edition (1996) 
  Pinch Hitters 03x20: (Apr/17/1999) As Walter Stites 

Cosby (1996) 
  My Dinner with Methuselah 01x23: (May/05/1997) As Mr. Tibbles 

Roseanne (1988) 
  Body by Jake 06x23: (May/10/1994) As Jake, [Uncredited]
  Playing with Matches 05x21: (Mar/23/1993) As Jake 

The Cosby Show (1984) 
  Cliff and Jake 07x24: (Apr/11/1991) As Jake Bennett 

Knots Landing (1979) 
  Flight of the Sunbirds 09x09: (Nov/19/1987) As Al Baker 
  Love In 09x08: (Nov/12/1987) As Al Baker 
  Say Uncle 09x07: (Nov/05/1987) As Al Baker 
  There are Smiles 09x05: (Oct/22/1987) As Al Baker 

It's Garry Shandling's Show (1986) 
  Force Boxman 01x16: (Apr/10/1987) As Himself 

227 (1985) 
  The Audit 02x16: (Feb/21/1987) As Toots 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  King of Burlesque/Death Games 06x17: (Mar/12/1983) As **Unknown** 
  Cornelius and Alfonse/The Choice 02x23: (May/06/1979) As Cornelius Kelly 
  Return/The Toughest Man Alive 02x08: (Nov/11/1978) As Tony Emerson 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Vicki's Dilemma/Discount Romance/ Looser & still Champ 06x23: (Mar/05/1983) As Jimmy 
  Doc's 'Ex' Change/The Gift/Making the Grade 03x16: (Dec/15/1979) As Bud Redmond 
  Where is it Written?/Julie's Aunt/The Big Deal 02x05: (Oct/14/1978) As Uncle Cyrus 

Aloha Paradise (1981) 
  Catching Up/ Wambling Out to Yon/ Black Day at Bad Rock 01x08: (Apr/29/1981) As Nick 

Pink Lady and Jeff (1980) 
  Episode 5 01x05: (Apr/04/1980) As Himself 
  Episode 6 01x06: (Unaired) As Himself 

Vega$ (1978) 
  Serve, Volley and Kill 01x11: (Dec/20/1978) As Tommy Cirko 
  High Roller (Apr/25/1978) As Tommy Cirko 

Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1973) 
  Angie Dickinson 01x40: (Feb/08/1977) As Himself 
  Danny Thomas 01x39: (Dec/15/1976) As Himself 
  Joe Garagiola 01x37: (May/25/1976) As Himself 
  Dennis Weaver 01x36: (Apr/19/1976) As Himself 

The Mike Douglas Show (1963) 
  Episode dated 5 January 1977 17x01: (Jan/05/1977) As Himself 

Little House on the Prairie (1974) (1974) 
  Circus Man 01x19: (Jan/29/1975) As William "Willie" O'Hara 

Love, American Style (1969) 
  Love and the Geisha 01x20: (Nov/10/1969) As Norman 

The Jackie Gleason Show (1952) 
  Season 3, Episode 11 03x11: (Jan/04/1969) As Himself 
  Season 3, Episode 9 03x09: (Nov/23/1968) As Himself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Lorne Greene / Red Buttons / Jane Morgan / Skiles & Henderson 03x22: (Feb/08/1968) As Himself 
  Ella Fitzgerald, Red Buttons, Edie Adams 02x26: (Mar/16/1967) As Himself 

The Danny Thomas Hour (1967) 
  The Zero Man 01x12: (Nov/27/1967) As Al Risko 

The Hollywood Palace (1964) 
  Host: Bing Crosby / Louis Armstrong 04x26: (Apr/01/1967) As Himself 
  Host: Dale Robertson 01x07: (Feb/15/1964) As Himself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  The Supremes, Gary Lewis & The Playboys 20x13: (Dec/04/1966) As Himself 
  Herman's Hermits, Red Buttons 20x02: (Sep/18/1966) As Himself 
  14th Anniversary Show 15x41: (Jun/24/1962) As Himself 
  Red Buttons, Jackie Wilson 15x37: (May/27/1962) As Himself 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Murder at N.B.C. 04x05: (Oct/19/1966) As Himself 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  Journeys End in Lovers Meeting 04x27: (Apr/19/1965) As Bill Jacoby 

The Greatest Show on Earth (1963) 
  The Last of the Strongmen 01x22: (Mar/03/1964) As Walter Wallace 

The Eleventh Hour (US) (1962) 
  Sunday Father 02x15: (Jan/08/1964) As Cody Evans 

Saints and Sinners (1962) 
  All the Hard Young Men 01x18: (Sep/24/1963) As Joe Roganyan 

Password (1961) 
  (PT) EPISODE #42 02x07: (Oct/28/1962) As Himself 

What's My Line? (US) (1950) 
  EPISODE #626 13x50: (Aug/12/1962) As Mystery Guest 
  EPISODE #470 10x43: (Jun/28/1959) As Mystery Guest 
  EPISODE #149 04x31: (Apr/05/1953) As Himself 

Frontier Circus (1961) 
  Never Won Fair Lady 01x21: (Apr/12/1962) As Earl Youngblood 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  Tippy-Top 10x13: (Dec/17/1961) As Tippy-Top 
  The Tallest Marine 08x05: (Oct/18/1959) As Lt. George Poole 

The United States Steel Hour (1953) 
  The Case of the Missing Wife 07x26: (Aug/10/1960) As **Unknown** 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  The Million Dollar Pants 08x28: (Apr/13/1960) As Levi Strauss 

Ford Startime (1959) 
  Something Special 01x09: (Dec/01/1959) As Joe Henders 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  A Marriage of Strangers 03x32: (May/14/1959) As Jerry Shoemaker 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 31st Annual Academy Awards 07x01: (Apr/06/1959) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 30th Annual Academy Awards 06x01: (Mar/26/1958) As Winner: Best Supporting Actor (for 'Sayonara') 

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956) 
  Season 2, Episode 31 02x31: (Jun/01/1958) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 4 02x04: (Nov/10/1957) As Himself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 15th Annual Golden Globe Awards 15x01: (Feb/22/1958) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for 'Sayonara') 

Studio One (1948) 
  The Tale of St. Emergency 08x28: (Mar/26/1956) As St. Emergency 

Suspense (US) (1949) 
  Merryman's Murder 04x03: (Sep/18/1951) As Joe E. Lewis 

The Milton Berle Show (1948) 
  Season 1, Episode 24 01x24: (Nov/16/1948) As Himself 
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