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  • Red Buttons

    Born on February 5, 1919 in New York, New York

awards & nominations

Harlow (1965)

Red Buttons as "Arthur Landau"

In this fictionalized biopic inspired by the brief life of the 1930s screen siren Jean Harlow (Carroll Baker), Harlow arrives in Los Angeles as a teenager, pushed into showbiz by her mother (Angela Lansbury) and stepfather (Raf Vallone). Kindhearted agent Arthur Landau (Red Buttons) becomes Jean's mentor, while a devious Howard Hughes-like mogul (Leslie Nielsen) grows infatuated with the beautiful young actress. Harlow herself falls for producer Paul Bern (Peter Lawford) before tragedy strikes.

Golden Globe (1965) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Sayonara (1957)

Red Buttons as "Joe Kelly"

Stationed in Japan during the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Major Lloyd "Ace" Gruver falls for the beautiful Japanese actress Hana-ogi (Miiko Taka). However, he is hesitant to pursue the relationship due to the unfortunate example of his crew chief, Airman Joe Kelly (Red Buttons). Kelly, against official military advice and the prejudices of his commanding officers, married a Japanese woman, Katsumi (Miyoshi Umeki), and his military career has suffered ever since.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1958) Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Academy Award (1957) Won Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (1957) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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