Red Buttons Biography (1919-)

Original name, Aaron Chwatt; born February 5, 1919, in New York, NY; son of Michael and Sophie (maiden name, Baker) Chwatt; married Roxanne, 1947 (divorced); married Helayne McNorton, December 8, 1949 (divorced January, 1963); married Alicia Pratt, January 27, 1964 (marriage ended); married Sean Morgress, 1999; children: Amy. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775.; Contact: 778 Tortuoso Way, Los Angeles, CA.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, comedian
Birth Details
February 5, 1919
New York, New York

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut; as Corporal Red Buttons) Whitey and Andrews Sister, Winged Victory, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1944
  • Dispatcher, 13 Rue Madeleine, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1946
  • Himself, Footlight Varieties of 1951, 1951
  • Joe Kelly, Sayonara, Warner Bros., 1957
  • Corporal Chan Derby, Imitation General, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1958
  • Randy Sherman, The Big Circus, Allied Artists, 1959
  • Pockets, Hatari! (also known as The African Story), Paramount, 1961
  • (Uncredited) Military police sergeant, One Two Three, United Artists, 1961
  • Private John Steele, The Longest Day, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962
  • Donald O'Shay, Five Weeks in a Balloon, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962
  • Voice of Robespierre, Gay Purr-ee (animated), Warner Bros., 1962
  • Flight Officer Simon Shelley, A Ticklish Affair, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Arthur Landau, Harlow, Paramount, 1965
  • Private First Class Harry Devine, Up from the Beach, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965
  • Shorty Younger, Your Cheatin' Heart, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965
  • Mr. Peacock, Stagecoach, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1966
  • Sailor, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Cinerama, 1969
  • Mickey, Who Killed Mary What's 'er Name? (also known as Death of a Hooker), Cannon, 1971
  • James Martin, The Poseidon Adventure, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972
  • Ivan Cooper, Gable and Lombard, Universal, 1976
  • Hoagy, Pete's Dragon, Buena Vista, 1977
  • Ben Andrews, Viva Knievel! (also known as Seconds to Live),Warner Bros., 1977
  • Peanuts, "Dynamite Hands," and Jinks Murphy, "Baxter's Beauties of 1933,"Movie Movie, Warner Bros., 1979
  • Bracken, C.H.O.M.P.S., American International, 1979
  • Francis Fendly, When Time Ran Out (also known as The Day the World Ended and Earth's Final Fury), Warner Bros., 1980
  • Charlie, 18 Again, New World, 1988
  • Charlie, 18 Again!, 1988
  • Himself, George Burns--His Wit and Wisdom, 1989
  • Elias Zacharai, The Ambulance, 1990
  • Walter Zakuto, It Could Happen to You, TriStar, 1994
  • Arnie Jordan, The Story of Us, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, The Red Buttons Show, CBS, 1952-1954 then NBC, 1954-1955
  • Henry Wadsworth Phyfe (title role), The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, ABC, 1966
  • Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast, NBC, 1974-1979
  • Al Baker, Knots Landing, CBS, 1987-1988
  • Movies
  • Pipes, Breakout, NBC, 1970
  • Red Cleveland, Louis Armstrong--Chicago Style, ABC, 1976
  • Marty Rand, Telethon, ABC, 1977
  • Warren Ambrose, The Users, ABC, 1978
  • Bruce Benson, The Dream Merchants, syndicated, 1980
  • Solly Weiss, Power, NBC, 1980
  • Harry Hubbell, Side Show, NBC, 1981
  • Roland Green, Leave 'em Laughing, CBS, 1981
  • Seymour Saltz, Off Your Rocker, 1982
  • White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland (also known as Alice throughthe Looking Glass), CBS, 1985
  • Jiggs Quealy, Reunion at Fairborough, HBO, 1985
  • Pilots
  • Ashley Norman, The New, Original Wonder Woman, ABC, 1975
  • Luke Flannery, Flannery and Quilt, NBC, 1976
  • Willie Clark, The Sunshine Boys, NBC, 1977
  • Tommy Cirko, Vega$ (also known as High Roller), ABC, 1978
  • Specials
  • Hansel, Hansel and Gretel, NBC, 1958
  • Murder at NBC (A Bob Hope Special), NBC, 1966
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1969
  • Sam Harris, George M!, NBC, 1970
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1973
  • Sam Harris, George M!, CBS, 1976
  • Joys (also known as Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys"),NBC, 1976
  • Voice, Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (animated), ABC, 1979
  • George Burns Celebrates Eighty Years in Show Business, NBC, 1983
  • Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Super Birthday Special, NBC, 1984
  • The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, NBC, 1984
  • The World's Funniest Commercial Goofs, ABC, 1985
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985
  • The Thirty-Eighth Annual Emmy Awards, NBC, 1986
  • NBC's Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986
  • Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 4, ABC, 1986
  • Funny, ABC, 1986
  • George Burns' Ninetieth Birthday Special, CBS, 1986
  • Las Vegas: An All Star Seventy-Fifth Anniversary, ABC, 1987
  • The First Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1987
  • Jackie Gleason: The Great One (also known as How Sweet It Is: AWake for Jackie Gleason), CBS, 1988
  • The 11th Annual ACE Awards, syndicated, 1990
  • George Burns' Ninety-Fifth Birthday Party, CBS, 1991
  • Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2, HBO, 1992
  • Himself, Let Me In, I Hear Laughter (documentary), Cinemax, 1999
  • Episodic
  • "The Tale of St. Emergency," Studio One, CBS, 1956
  • "A Marriage of Strangers, Playhouse 90, CBS, 1959
  • "The Tallest Marine," General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1959
  • "Something Special," Ford Star Time, NBC, 1959
  • "The Case of the Missing Wife," U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1960
  • "Tippy-Top," General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1961
  • "Never Won Fair Lady," Frontier Circus, CBS, 1962
  • "All the Hard Young Men," Saints and Sinners, NBC, 1962
  • "Sunday Father," Eleventh Hour, NBC, 1964
  • "The Last of the Strongmen," Greatest Show on Earth, ABC, 1964
  • The Andy Williams Show, 1965
  • "Journeys End in Lovers Meeting," Ben Casey, ABC, 1965
  • "The Zero Man," Danny Thomas Hour, NBC, 1967
  • "Love and the Geisha," Love, American Style, ABC, 1969
  • Alexander Foster, "Alexander," ABC Afterschool Special, ABC, 1973
  • O'Hara, "The Circus Man," Little House on the Prairie, NBC, 1975
  • Ashley Norman, "The New Original Wonder Woman," Wonder Woman, ABC,1975
  • Vaudeville, syndicated, 1975
  • Uncle Cyrus, "Julie's Aunt," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978
  • The Comedy Shop, syndicated, 1978
  • "Toughest Man Alive," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978
  • "The Gift," The Love Boat, ABC, 1979
  • "Happing Ending," The Love Boat, ABC, 1979
  • "Cornelius and Alphonse," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1979
  • Aloha Paradise, ABC, 1981
  • "Discount Romance," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983
  • "King of Burlesque," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1983
  • Toots, "The Audit," 227, NBC, 1987
  • Himself, "Force Boxman," It's Gary Shandling's Show, Showtime, 1987
  • Jake, "Cliff and Jake," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1991
  • Jake, "Playing with Matches," Roseanne, ABC, 1993
  • Jake, "Body by Jake," Roseanne, ABC, 1994
  • Jules "Ruby" Rubadoux, "A Miracle Happens Here," ER, NBC, 1995
  • Jules "Ruby" Rubadoux, "Dead of Winter," ER, NBC, 1996
  • Jules "Ruby" Rubadoux, "True Lies," ER, NBC, 1996
  • Jules "Ruby" Rubadoux, "The Right Thing," ER, NBC, 1996
  • Mr. Tibbles, "My Dinner with Methuseleh," Cosby, CBS, 1997
  • Walter Stiets, "Pinch Hitters," Early Edition, CBS, 1999
  • Carl Porter, "Second Chance," Family Law, CBS, 2000
  • Also appeared in Suspense, CBS.
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Admiral Had a Wife, 1941
  • (Broadway debut) Vicki, Plymouth Theatre, 1942
  • Wine, Women, and Song, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1942
  • Winged Victory, 44th Street Theatre, New York City, 1943
  • Barefoot Boy with Cheek, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1947
  • Hold It, National Theatre, New York City, 1948
  • Buttons on Broadway, Ambassador Theatre, 1995
  • Also appeared in Tender Trap; Play It Again, Sam; and The Teahouse of the August Moon.

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