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Also Known As: Died: July 13, 2006
Born: February 5, 1919 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York Profession: Cast ...
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1931:
Won an amateur night entertainment contest at age 12 (date approximate)
1935:
Worked as a combination bellhop and singer at a tavern in the Bronx at age 16; supposedly acquired the nickname "Red Buttons" because of his uniform
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Performed in the Catskills at resorts along the famous "Borscht Belt"; also played in burlesque at Minsky's, among other places
1942:
Made Broadway acting debut in a supporting role in "Vickie"
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Served during WWII; acted onstage in "Winged Victory"
1944:
Made feature film debut in "Winged Victory"
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Acted on Broadway after WWII in "Barefoot Boy with Cheek"
1952:
Starred in the CBS sketch comedy and variety show, "The Red Buttons Show"
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"The Red Buttons Show" moved to NBC; format revamped into more of a sitcom style
1966:
Starred in the title role of the ABC sitcom, "The Double Life of Henry Phyfe"; also performed title theme along with series co-star Fred Clark
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Was a regular on the NBC comic tribute series, "Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast"
1985:
Played the White Rabbit on the CBS musical miniseries, "Alice in Wonderland"
1987:
Played recurring role of Al Baker on the CBS primetime soap, "Knot's Landing"
1988:
Returned to feature films after an eight-year absence in "18 Again!"
1994:
Appeared in the feature "It Could Happen to You"
1999:
Made cameo appearance in the Rob Reiner-directed comedy-drama "The Story of Us"
2002:
Had regular role on the Showtime series "Street Time"
2005:
Emmy nominated guest-starring role on the drama series "ER" (NBC)

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