Zero Mostel (1915–1977)


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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 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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The Producers Max Bialystock
(1967)
The Front Hecky Brown
(1976)
(1978)

Filmography

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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 The Front
Hecky Brown
 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 Rhinoceros
John
 1973 Marco
Kublai Khan
 1973 Once Upon a Scoundrel
Carlos del Refugio
 1973 Saga of Sonora (TV Movie)
Heavy Harry
 1973 Old Faithful (TV Movie)
Ranger Zeppel
 1972 The Hot Rock
Abe Greenberg
 1970 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- William F. Buckley Jr. (1970) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Guest Starring Zero Mostel (1970) ... Guest Performer
 1970 The Angel Levine
Morris Mishkin
 1969 The Great Bank Robbery
Rev. Pious Blue
 1968 Great Catherine
Potemkin
 1967 Children of the Exodus (Short)
Narrator
 1967 Ride of the Valkyrie (Short)
Hire car chauffeur
 1967 The Producers
Max Bialystock (as Zero)
 1959-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Estragon / Melamed
- Waiting for Godot (1961) ... Estragon
- World of Sholom Aleichem (1959) ... Melamed
 1959 The World of Sholom Aleichem (TV Movie)
Melamud ('A Tale of Chelm')
 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
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Banjo
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1949) ... Banjo
 1948 Off the Record (TV Series)
- Final Show (1948)
- Premiere (1948)
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
Rami - the Swami / Taliostra
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: Cafe Crown. Comedy. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Zero

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)

Spouse:

Kathryn Harkin  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »

Children:

Josh Mostel
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[Commenting on Jim Henson's Muppets:] "He has the best possible actors. If you have a disagreement with them, you can always use them to wash your car." See more »

Trivia:

In the 1950s, he bumped into Elia Kazan on the street in New York City, and the two reminisced. Kazan said Mostel chided him for putting Mostel through the paces in Panic in the Streets (1950) , forcing him to run more than he ever had. But as the drinks set in, legend has it, Mostel kept muttering, in reference to Kazan's HUAC testimony, "Ya shouldn't a done that. Ya shouldn't a done that." See more »

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