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Zero Mostel (1915–1977)


Zero Mostel was born Samuel Joel Mostel on February 28, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, one of eight children of an Orthodox Jewish family. Raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the young Zero, known as Sammy, developed his talent for painting and drawing at art classes provided by the Educational Alliance, an institution serving Jewish ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 1978 Watership Down
Kehaar (voice)
 1972-1977 The Electric Company (TV Series)
Spell Binder
- 130B (1977) ... Spell Binder (voice)
- 129B (1977) ... Spell Binder (voice)
- 128B (1977) ... Spell Binder (voice)
- 127B (1977) ... Spell Binder (voice)
- 126B (1977) ... Spell Binder (voice)
 1976 The Little Drummer Boy Book II (TV Short)
Brutus (voice)
 1976 Mastermind
Inspector Hoku Ichihara
 1975 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (TV Series)
Gianni Schicchi
- Gianni Schicchi (1975) ... Gianni Schicchi
 1975 Journey Into Fear
Kopelkin
 1975 Foreplay
President / Don Pasquale
 1974 Once Upon a Scoundrel
Carlos del Refugio
 1974 Rhinoceros
John
 1973 Old Faithful (TV Movie)
Ranger Zeppel
 1973 Saga of Sonora (TV Movie)
Heavy Harry
 1972 The Hot Rock
Abe Greenberg
 1970 The Angel Levine
Morris Mishkin
 1969 The Great Bank Robbery
Rev. Pious Blue
 1967 Children of the Exodus (Short)
Narrator
 1967 Monsieur Lecoq
Monsieur Gaston Lecoq / Monsieur Max Lecoq
 1967 Ride of the Valkyrie (Short)
 1967 The Producers
Max Bialystock (as Zero in closing credits)
 1959-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Estragon / Melamed
- World of Sholom Aleichem (1959) ... Melamed
 1959 The World of Sholom Aleichem (TV Movie)
 1959 Zero Mostel (TV Movie)
Various Characters
 1951 The Model and the Marriage Broker
George Wixted
 1951 The Guy Who Came Back
Boots Mullins
 1951 Sirocco
Balukjiaan
 1951 The Enforcer
Big Babe Lazick
 1950 Panic in the Streets
Raymond Fitch
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
Rami - the Swami / Taliostra
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Fiddler on the Roof. Musical comedy/drama. Book by Joseph Stein. Based on stories by Sholom Aleichem. Music by Jerry Bock. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Music orchestrated by Don Walker. Musical Director: Milton Greene. Vocal arrangements by Milton Greene. Dance arrangements by Betty Walberg. Choreographed by Jerome Robbins. ... See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Zero in closing credits

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Jerome Robbins may be a talented choreographer, but he is no mensch. It's thanks to him and people like him that Jack Gilford and I and countless others were blacklisted during the McCarthy era. I never thought, during the 1950s, that someday I'd ever work with Jerome Robbins. I also never thought I'd work again, period. See more »

Trivia:

One of the "12" blacklisted by the house of Un-American activities commitee in the 1950s. See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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