Red Buttons

Red Buttons, the elfin Borscht Belt comedian whose talent found outlets on Broadway and in television, film and nightclubs, died July 13, 2006, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87. Mr. Buttons' stage persona was as endearing and unthreatening as his name (which he picked up while wearing a many-buttoned outfit as a bellhop and singer at a bar in City Island, The Bronx). Small, bright-eyed and vulnerable seeming, his brand of comedy played on the foibles and worries of the "little guy," as he put it.

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  • Also known as: Pvt. Red Buttons
  • Born: Feb 5, 1919 in New York, New York
  • Death: Jul 13, 2006 in Century City, California