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Samuel Joel “Zero” Mostel (February 28, 1915 – September 8, 1977) was an
American actor of stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of comic
characters such as Tevye onstage in Fiddler on the Roof, Pseudolus onstage and
onscreen in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Max Bialystock
in the original film version of The Producers. He was blacklisted during the
1950s, and his testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities
was well-publicized. He was a Tony Award and Obie Award winner.
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