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re: Harold Prince talks about working with Zero Mostel.
Last Edit: MarjorieMae 04:03 pm EDT 07/14/17
Posted by: MarjorieMae 03:52 pm EDT 07/14/17
In reply to: re: Harold Prince talks about working with Zero Mostel. - BroadwayTonyJ 12:45 pm EDT 07/14/17

I vaguely recall Buttons being a funny guy on early 50's TV, but I was only 5 and probably laughed at a lot of things back then. He also had an extensive film career, but with the exception of Sayonara his film performances are pretty unwatchable today.

He was in some other hits like The Poseidon Adventure, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Pete's Dragon. Did a lot of guest appearances on TV shows like The Love Boat. He even had a (failed) sitcom in the 60's called The Double Life of Henry Phyfe where he played a nebbishy undercover spy, as I recall. But I think of him primarily as a Borscht Belt/Friar's Club roast comic and a foul mouthed one at that. I remember my parents seeing him at a Catskills hotel and remarking afterwards, "Funny! By filthy!" His one-man show on Broadway in '95 was supposed to be pretty good (see Variety review below). I don't know if you recall the Mike Tyson/Robin Givens divorce to do but Button's said, "And in the words of Robin Givens, 'You keep the belt and I'll keep the wallet!'"

But all in all, he might well be the boy most unlikely to win an acting Oscar (but not undeserved).
Link Buttons on Broadway review
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