Red Buttons, Best Supporting Actor 1957: MovieMonday.com

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Red Buttons won his Supporting Oscar for playing Joe Kelly of the American Army of Occupation in Japan, who chose to stay in Japan with his Japanese wife.


Red Buttons (1919 - )

Born in New York, this American vaudeville and TV comic captured strong supporting roles.Started his carrer working in burlesque and in the resorts in the catskills. It was there that he got the name Red Buttons, for he had red hair and a uniform which had 48 buttons.His real name was Aaron Chwatt.

Red Buttons made his way to broadway and then made his film debut in 1944 recreating his stage role in Winged Victory. In 1952 he starred in a variety show which made him an instant star even though the show only ran for three years. Red Buttons was not only a talented comic, but he was also a composer, ( having several hit songs), a writer and he proved his acting skills again and again in many supporting roles in all sorts of films.

Red Buttons' other films include:

WINGED VICTORY
IMITATION GENERAL
THE BIG CIRCUS
ONE, TWO, THREE
STAGECOACH
UP FROM THE BEACH
HATARI
THE LONGEST DAY
HARLOW
THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY?
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
GABLE AND LOMBARD
PETE'S DRAGON
WHEN TIME RAN OUT

His television credits include:

BREAKOUT
TELETHON
VEGAS (pilot)
THE DREAM MERCHANTS
THE RED BUTTONS SHOW (series)
THE DOUBLE LIFE OF HENRY PHYFE (series)

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