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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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Won an amateur night entertainment contest at age 12 (date approximate)
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
Performed in the Catskills at resorts along the famous "Borscht Belt"; also played in burlesque at Minsky's, among other places
Made Broadway acting debut in a supporting role in "Vickie"
Served during WWII; acted onstage in "Winged Victory"
Made feature film debut in "Winged Victory"
Acted on Broadway after WWII in "Barefoot Boy with Cheek"
Starred in the CBS sketch comedy and variety show, "The Red Buttons Show"
"The Red Buttons Show" moved to NBC; format revamped into more of a sitcom style
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
Was a regular on the NBC comic tribute series, "Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast"
Played the White Rabbit on the CBS musical miniseries, "Alice in Wonderland"
Played recurring role of Al Baker on the CBS primetime soap, "Knot's Landing"
Returned to feature films after an eight-year absence in "18 Again!"
Appeared in the feature "It Could Happen to You"
Made cameo appearance in the Rob Reiner-directed comedy-drama "The Story of Us"
Had regular role on the Showtime series "Street Time"
Emmy nominated guest-starring role on the drama series "ER" (NBC)
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