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  • Zero Mostel

    Born on February 28, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York

awards & nominations

The Front (1976)

Zero Mostel as "Hecky Brown"

In the 1950s, restaurant cashier Howard Prince (Woody Allen) is apathetic toward the politics around him. When a blacklisted screenwriter (Michael Murphy) asks Howard to sell a script under his own name, Howard sees an opportunity to make a profit and becomes a "front" for several blacklisted writers. But after he witnesses the social destruction of a comedian (Zero Mostel), Howard sees the corruption of McCarthyism and decides to do something to make a difference.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977) Nominated Supporting Actor

The Producers (1968)

Zero Mostel as "Max Bialystock"

Down and out producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), who was once the toast of Broadway, trades sexual favors with old ladies for cash contributions. Max's new accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), offhandedly muses that if Max found investors for a new production that turned into a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. The duo begins to put together the worst play possible, titled "Springtime for Hitler", with a terrible director and a hippie-freak star.

Golden Globe (1968) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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