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Red Buttons, Award Winner –

Buttons in Sayonara.

Red Buttons: Best Supporting Actor, 1957:

1957: Sayonara (Drama)

Red Buttons won his Supporting Actor Oscar for playing Joe Kelly of the American Army of occupation in Japan, who chose to stay in Japan with his Japanese wife.

About Red Buttons (1919 – 2006)

Born in New York city's Lower East Side, this American vaudeville and TV comic captured strong supporting roles. Started his career working in burlesque and in the resorts in the Catskills. It was there that he got the name Red Buttons, for he had red hair and a uniform which had 48 buttons. His real name was Aaron Chwatt.

Red Buttons made his way to Broadway, and then made his film debut, in 1944, recreating his stage role in Winged Victory. In 1952, he starred in a variety show which made him an instant star, even though the show only ran for three years. Red Buttons was not only a talented comic, but he was also a composer, (having several hit songs), a writer and he proved his acting skills again and again in many supporting roles in all sorts of films.

Red Buttons was married three times. Roxanne Arlen and Helayne McNorton were his first two wives. The third marriage to Alicia Prats was the charm at age 44. They had two children, Adam and Amy. Red Buttons out-lived Alicia by five years, as he died in July 2006, at the age of 87.

Red Buttons's notable movie credits include...

Winged Victory (1944)
Imitation General (1958)
The Big Circus (1959)
One, Two, Three (1961)
Stagecoach (1961)
Up From The Beach (1965)
Hatari (1962)
The Longest Day (1962)
Harlow (1965)
They Shoot Horses Don't They? (1969)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Gable And Lombard (1976)
Pete's Dragon (1977)
When Time Ran Out (1980)
18 Again! (1988)
The Ambulance (1990)
It Could Happen To You (1994)
The Story Of Us (1999)
Odessa Or Bust (2001)

Red Buttons's television credits include...

Er (TV Series 2005) (2002)
Street Time (TV Series 2002)
Knots Landing (1987)
Breakout (1970)
Telethon (TV Movie) (1977)
Vegas (Pilot)
The Dream Merchants (TV Movie) 1980
The Red Buttons Show (Series 1952-1955)
The Double Life Of Henry Phyfe (TV Series)(1966)


Red Buttons in The Poseidon Adventure.