Zero Mostel Overview:

Legendary actor, Zero Mostel, was born Samuel Joel Mostel on Feb 28, 1915 in Brooklyn, NY. Mostel died at the age of 62 on Sep 8, 1977 in Philadelphia, PA .


Dark-haired, roly-poly American comic actor with football-shaped face. At first seen in serious roles as swarthy, sweaty, ethnic types, this part of his career was halted by blacklisting at the hands of the Un-American Activities Committee in 1951. After a long sojourn performing on Broadway and in nightclubs and building a reputation as a painter, he returned as a leading comic character actor, firing on all cylinders if you liked that sort of thing. Died from cardiac arrest. Actor Josh Mostel (1946-) is his son.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).



Mostel was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Zero Mostel Quotes:

Pseudolus: Don't you know? When they start to smile, the end is near. I hear it's lovely on Crete. Everyone lying there... smiling.

Max Bialystock: Max Bialystock is launching himself into little old lady land.

Max Bialystock: That's exactly why we want to produce this play. To show the world the true Hitler, the Hitler you loved, the Hitler you knew, the Hitler with a song in his heart.

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Zero Mostel Facts
Tony Award winner 1961 for "Rhinoceros."

Blacklisted in the 1950s.

Won three Tony Award: as Best Actor (Dramatic) in1961 for "Rhinoceros," and as Best Actor (Musical) in 1963 for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and in 1965 for "Fiddler on the Roof." He was also nominated in 1974 as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Ulysses in Nighttown."

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