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Red Buttons (1919–2006)

Composer, actor, comedian and author, he joined ASCAP in 1963 and wrote several popular songs (which he often personally performed), including "Strange Things Are Happening" and "The Ho-Ho Song". See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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The Longest Day
The Longest Day Pvt. John Steele
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 2002 Presidio Med (TV Series)
- Milagros (2002) ... Chick
 2002 Street Time (TV Series)
Sam Kahan
- Random Act (2002) ... Sam Kahan
- Pilot: Part 2 (2002) ... Sam Kahan
- Pilot: Part 1 (2002) ... Sam Kahan
 2002 Philly (TV Series)
Murray Klopman
- The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds (2002) ... Murray Klopman
 2001 Odessa or Bust (Short)
The Old Man
 2000 Family Law (TV Series)
Carl Porter
- Second Chance (2000) ... Carl Porter
 1999 The Story of Us
Arnie Jordan
 1999 Early Edition (TV Series)
Walter Stites
- Pinch Hitters (1999) ... Walter Stites
 1997 Cosby (TV Series)
Mr. Tibbles
- My Dinner with Methuseleh (1997) ... Mr. Tibbles
 1994 It Could Happen to You
Walter Zakuto
 1993-1994 Roseanne (TV Series)
- Body by Jake (1994) ... Jake (uncredited)
- Playing with Matches (1993) ... Jake
 1991 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Jake Bennett
- Cliff and Jake (1991) ... Jake Bennett
 1990 The Ambulance
Elias Zacharai
 1988 18 Again!
 1987 227 (TV Series)
- The Audit (1987) ... Toots
 1985 Reunion at Fairborough (TV Movie)
Jiggs Quealy
 1978-1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Marty Howard / Cornelius Kelly / Tony Emerson
- King of Burlesque/Death Games (1983) ... Marty Howard
- Cornelius and Alphonse/The Choice (1979) ... Cornelius Kelly
- Return/The Toughest Man Alive (1978) ... Tony Emerson
 1978-1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Jimmy Morrow / Buddy Redmond / Uncle Cyrus Foster
- Making the Grade/The Gift/Doc's 'Ex' Change (1979) ... Buddy Redmond
- Where Is It Written?/Julie's Aunt/The Big Deal (1978) ... Uncle Cyrus Foster
 1982 Off Your Rocker (TV Movie)
Seymour Saltz
 1981 Side Show (TV Movie)
 1981 Leave 'em Laughing (TV Movie)
 1980 When Time Ran Out...
Francis Fendly
 1980 Power (TV Movie)
Solly Weiss
 1980 The Dream Merchants (TV Series)
Bruce Benson
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Bruce Benson
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Bruce Benson
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
Tommy Cirko
- High Roller (1978) ... Tommy Cirko
 1978 Movie Movie
Peanuts / Jinks Murphy
 1978 The Users (TV Movie)
Warren Ambrose
 1977 Telethon (TV Movie)
Mart Rand
 1977 The Sunshine Boys (TV Movie)
Willie Clark
 1977 Viva Knievel!
Ben Andrews
 1976 Flannery and Quilt (TV Movie)
Luke Flannery
 1976 Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style (TV Movie)
Red Cleveland
 1975 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Ashley Norman
- The New Original Wonder Woman (1975) ... Ashley Norman
 1975 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
William 'Willie' O'Hara
- Circus Man (1975) ... William 'Willie' O'Hara
 1973 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
- Alexander (1973) ... Alexander
 1973 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
Football Player
- Energy Crisis (1973) ... Football Player
 1971 Who Killed Mary Whats'ername?
Mickey Isador
 1970 Breakout (TV Movie)
 1970 George M! (TV Movie)
Sam H. Harris
 1969-1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Norman (segment "Love and the Geisha")
- Love and the Minister/Love and the Geisha/Love and the Singles Apartment (1970) ... Norman (segment "Love and the Geisha")
- Love and Take Me Along/Love and the Advice-Givers/Love and the Geisha (1969) ... Norman (segment "Love and the Geisha")
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Al Risko
- The Zero Man (1967) ... Al Risko
 1966 The Double Life of Henry Phyfe (TV Series)
Henry Wadsworth Phyfe
- Will the Real U-31 Try to Stand Up? (1966) ... Henry Wadsworth Phyfe
- A Shot in the Dark (1966) ... Henry Wadsworth Phyfe
- Spend a Million Phyfe (1966) ... Henry Wadsworth Phyfe
- Jailbird Phyfe (1966) ... Henry Wadsworth Phyfe
 1966 Stagecoach
 1965 Up from the Beach
Pfc. Harry Devine
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Bill Jacoby
- Journeys End in Lovers Meeting (1965) ... Bill Jacoby
 1964 Your Cheatin' Heart
Shorty Younger
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Walter Wallace
- The Last of the Strongmen (1964) ... Walter Wallace
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Cody Evans
- Sunday Father (1964) ... Cody Evans
 1963 A Ticklish Affair
Flight Officer Simon 'Uncle Cy' Shelley
 1962 Gay Purr-ee
Robespierre (voice)
 1962 Saints and Sinners (TV Series)
Joe Roganyan
- All the Hard Young Men (1962) ... Joe Roganyan
 1962 Five Weeks in a Balloon
Donald O'Shay
 1962 Hatari!
 1962 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Earl Youngblood
- Never Won Fair Lady (1962) ... Earl Youngblood
 1959-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Tippy-Top / Lieutenant George Poole
- Tippy-Top (1961) ... Tippy-Top
- The Tallest Marine (1959) ... Lieutenant George Poole
 1961 One, Two, Three
MP Sergeant (uncredited)
 1960 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Inspector Plover
- The Case of the Missing Wife (1960) ... Inspector Plover
 1960 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Levi Strauss
- The Million Dollar Pants (1960) ... Levi Strauss
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Joe Henders
- Something Special (1959) ... Joe Henders
 1959 The Big Circus
Randy Sherman
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- A Marriage of Strangers (1959) ... Jerry
 1958 Imitation General
Cpl. Chan Derby
 1958 Hansel and Gretel (TV Movie)
 1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
St. Emergency
- The Tale of St. Emergency (1956) ... St. Emergency
 1951 Suspense (TV Series)
 1946 13 Rue Madeleine
Second Jump Master (uncredited)
 1944 Winged Victory
Whitey / Andrews Sister (as Cpl. Red Buttons)
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Stage Play: Barefoot Boy With Cheek. Musical comedy. Music by Sidney Lippman. Lyrics by Sylvia Dee. Book by Max Shulman. Based on the novel by Max Shulman. Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin. Music orchestrated by Philip Lang. Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock. Assistant Vocal arrangements: Buster Davis [credited as Bus Davis] (earliest ... See more »

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Cpl. Red Buttons


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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"Elizabeth Taylor has a big heart. She recently built a halfway house for girls who don't want to go all the way". See more »


Was the oldest guest to appear on Dennis Miller Live (1994). On the 6 August 1999 episode, he was 80 years, 6 months and 1 day old. See more »


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