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Zero Mostel

Zero Mostel

Birthdate: February 28, 1915

Deathdate: August 8, 1977

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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... ...detailed bio


Best Boy (1979)

Best Boy is a 1979 documentary made by Ira Wohl. The film achieved high critical acclaim, and won many awards including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1979. The film follows Ira's mentally handicapped cousin, Philly Wohl, who at that time was 52 years old and still living with ...

Watership Down (1978)

According to Lapine culture and mythology (invented by Adams), the world was created by the god Frith, who represents the Sun. All animals lived harmoniously, but the rabbits eventually multiplied, and their appetite led to a food shortage. At the prayers of the desperate animals, Frith warned th...

The Front (1976)

In the early 1950s, in New York City, restaurant cashier and small-time bookie Howard Prince (Woody Allen) has a friend who writes for television. Because the friend, Alfred Miller (Michael Murphy) has been blacklisted, he asks Howard to sign his name to the TV scripts. Howard agrees out of frien...

Fore Play (1975)

The film is split into three segments: the first involves a man buying an animate sex doll and his many failed attempts to bed it. In the second story, a man suffering from writer's block find his muse by undressing various women. Finally, the third story involves the President of the United Stat...

Rhinoceros (1974)

The residents of a large town are inexplicably turning into rhinoceroses. Stanley (Gene Wilder), a mild-mannered office clerk, watches the bizarre transformations from a bemused distance. But soon the strange occurrences invade his personal space, as his neighbor and best friend John (Zero Mostel...

The Hot Rock (1972)

After Dortmunder (Redford) is released from his latest stint in prison, he is approached by his brother-in-law, Andy Kelp (Segal), about another job. Dr. Amusa (Gunn) seeks a valuable gem in the Brooklyn Museum that is of great significance to his people in his country in Africa, stolen during co...

The Great Bank Robbery (1969)

A motley group of phony church leaders attempts to rob a bank controlled by brothers in 1880's Texas.

The Producers (1968)

Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a washed-up, aging Broadway producer who ekes out a living romancing lascivious wealthy elderly women in exchange for money for his next play. Nebbish accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) arrives at Bialystock's office to do his books and discovers there is a two tho...

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

This film takes place in the city of Rome sometime during the reign of Emperor Nero. Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) is "the lyingest, cheatingest, sloppiest slave in all of Rome", whose only wish is to buy his freedom from his master's parents, the henpecked Senex (Michael Hordern) and his dominating wi...

The Enforcer (1951)

The action is set in an unnamed American city and is told mainly in flashback, and flashbacks within flashback.

Sirocco (1951)

In 1925 Damascus, the natives are engaged in a guerrilla war against the French rule of Syria. Harry Smith (Humphrey Bogart) is an amoral American black marketeer secretly selling them weapons. As the situation deteriorates, French General LaSalle (Everett Sloane) orders that civilians be execut...

Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)

Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell is a 1951 comedy film, the third and final one starring Clifton Webb as Lynn Belvedere. Mr. Belvedere lies about his age and lives in a senior citizens home to determine if there was any point in growing old. As a result, he inspires the residents of the senior citize...

Panic in the Streets (1950)

After brawling over a card game in the wharf area of New Orleans, a man named Kochak (Lewis Charles), suffering visibly from a flu-like illness, is killed by gangster Blackie (Jack Palance) and his two flunkies, Kochak's cousin Poldi (Guy Thomajan) and a man named Fitch (Zero Mostel). They leave ...

DuBarry Was a Lady (1943)

DuBarry Was a Lady is a 1943 American musical comedy film, starring Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, and Gene Kelly. It is based on the 1939 stage musical of the same name. Shot in Technicolor, the film was directed by Roy Del Ruth and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It used very little of the orig...