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:

Leo Bloom: Let's assume, just for the moment, that you are a dishonest man.
Max Bialystock: Assume away.

[Examining a wine bottle]
Pseudolus: Was 1 a good year?

Max Bialystock: Have I ever steered you wrong?
Franz Liebkind: Always.
Max Bialystock: Never mind.

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Zero Mostel Facts
Tony Award winner 1964 for "Fiddler On The Roof."

Tony Award winner 1961 for "Rhinoceros."

He drank so much coffee that he was once hospitalized for caffeine poisoning.

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