Samuel Joel “Zero” Mostel was an American actor, singer and comedian of stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of comic characters such as Tevye on stage in Fiddler on the Roof, Pseudolus on stage and on screen in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Max Bialystock in the original film version of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Mostel was a student of Don Richardson, and he used an acting technique based on muscle memory. He was blacklisted during the 1950s, and his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee was well-publicized. Mostel would later star in the Hollywood Blacklist drama film The Front alongside Woody Allen, for which Mostel was nominated for the British Academy Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. Mostel was an Obie Award and three-time Tony Award winner. He is also a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, inducted posthumously in 1979.
|Born:||Samuel Joel Mostel, February 28, 1915, Brooklyn, New York City|
|Died:||September 8, 1977 (aged 62), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Alma mater:||City College of New York, New York University|
|Occupation:||Actor, comedian, singer|
|Known for:||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers, The Front|
|IMDb:||Zero Mostel’s IMDb|
About Zero Mostel
Actor and comedian who originated the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, for which he received his second Tony Award.
As a boy, he developed his talents for painting and drawing through the Educational Alliance and would go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to copy paintings.
He was blacklisted as a communist during the 1950s, which put a temporary halt to his acting career, despite admiration from those in the blacklisted community. This gave him time to focus on his passion for art.
He married Clara Sverd in 1939, though the marriage ended in 1944. He had two children with his second wife, Kathryn Celia Harkin.
Gene Wilder wrote about him in his autobiography, and he thanked Mostel for his teaching and help.
Information related to Zero Mostel
- Actors Studio alumni
- Hollywood blacklist
- Comedians from New York City
- Art Students League of New York alumni
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