Another death in the family

Posted in Other News on July, 14 2006 8:37 PM

Red Buttons, the rather wonderfully named American comedian and actor has died at the age of 87.

The name apparently came from his red hair, with the 'Buttons' part being a nickname from his teenage days as a hotel porter.

His carrer began in the 1930s on stage, and took in television and film along the way. He won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing Sgt Joe Kelly in Sayonara alongside screen legend Marlon Brando.

More recently, he had a recurring guest role in ER, for which he was nominated for an Emmy.

He was apparently ill for some time, and was with family members when he died.

Other film roles included The Longest Day, The Poseidon Adventure and a film called They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

He also worked as a singer on the Borscht Circuit, a string of resorts in New York state catering to a mostly Jewish audience. Other sucessful acts from that era include Danny Kaye and Mel Brooks.

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