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Red Buttons

Highest Rated:   93% Sayonara (1957)
Lowest Rated:   0% When Time Ran Out (1980)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York, USA
American actor Red Buttons, born Aaron Schwatt and raised on New York's Lower East Side, won an amateur night contest at age 12. By age 16 he was working in a Bronx tavern as a bellboy-singer; here he took the name "Red Buttons", in reference to his uniform. He went on to work the Catskills Mountains "Borscht Belt" and to perform as a burlesque comedian. He debuted on Broadway as a supporting player in Vickie in 1942. He served in the Army during World War II, appearing in the play Winged Victory; he played the same role in the film version (1944), marking his big-screen debut. After briefly starring in his own TV show in 1953 he had a weak career until he landed the role of Sargeant Joe Kelly in the film Sayonara (1957), his second movie role; for his work in that film he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, going on from there to appear frequently in films, usually as a comedy actor.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Goodnight, We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller
  • Actor
2004
26% The Story of Us
  • Arnie
1999
No Score Yet Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House
  • Actor
1995
71% It Could Happen to You
  • Walter Zakuto
1994
No Score Yet The Ambulance
  • Elias
1990
29% 18 Again!
  • Charlie
1988
No Score Yet George Burns: His Wit and Wisdom
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Reunion at Fairborough
  • Jiggs
1985
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • White Rabbit
1985
No Score Yet The Power
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Leave 'em Laughing
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Side Show
  • Actor
1981
0% When Time Ran Out
  • Francis Fendly
1980
No Score Yet C.H.O.M.P.S.
  • Bracken
1979
14% Rudolph and Frosty: Christmas in July
  • Milton
1979
No Score Yet Movie Movie
  • Peanuts/Jinks Murphy
1978
No Score Yet Vega$
  • Actor
1978
54% Pete's Dragon
  • Hoagy
1977
17% Viva Knievel!
  • Ben Andrews
1977
No Score Yet Louis Armstrong---Chicago Style
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Gable and Lombard
  • Ivan Cooper
1976
80% The Poseidon Adventure
  • James Martin
1972
No Score Yet Who Killed Mary Whats'ername?
  • Mickey
1971
83% They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • Sailor
1969
No Score Yet Stagecoach
  • Peacock
1966
No Score Yet Harlow
  • Arthur Landau
1965
No Score Yet Your Cheatin' Heart
  • Shorty Younger
1964
No Score Yet A Ticklish Affair
  • Flight Officer Simon Shelley
1963
80% Gay Purr-ee
  • Robespierre
1962
No Score Yet Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • Donald O'Shay
1962
87% The Longest Day
  • Private John Steele
1962
63% Hatari!
  • Pockets
1962
91% One, Two, Three
  • Military Police Sergeant
1961
No Score Yet The Big Circus
  • Randy Sherman
1959
No Score Yet Imitation General
  • Cpl. Chan Derby
1958
93% Sayonara
  • Joe Kelly
1957
83% 13 Rue Madeleine
  • Dispatcher
1947

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Ruby Rubadoux Mr. Rubadoux
  • 2005
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
29% Presidio Med
2002-2003
  • Chick Schenck
  • 2002
No Score Yet Early Edition
1996-2000
  • Walter Stites
  • 1999
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
  • Jake
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
  • Jake Bennett
  • 1991
No Score Yet Knots Landing
1979-1993
  • Al Baker
  • 1987
  • 1983
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • William 'Willie' O'Hara
  • 1975
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Norman
  • 1975
58% Street Time
2003
  • Actor

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