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Zero Mostel
Biographical Information
Born February 28th, 1915
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died September 8th, 1977
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Productions Keep 'em Laughing (original Broadway cast)
Top-Notchers (original Broadway cast)
DuBarry Was a Lady as Rami the Swami
Concert Varieties
Beggar's Holiday as Hamilton Peachum (original Broadway cast)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Pseudolus/Prologus
Fiddler on the Roof as Tevye
The Producers as Max Bialystock
The Front as Hecky Brown
The Little Drummer Boy Book II as Brutus
The Muppet Show
Recordings DuBarry Was a Lady (film soundtrack)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (original cast recording)
Fiddler on the Roof (original cast recording)
The Producers (1968 film soundtrack)
Vocal Type Baritone

Zero Mostel was an American actor.

BiographyEdit

Born Samuel Joel Mostel in Brooklyn, New York, he was a highly intellectual young man who began as a painter and comic before gaining recognition for his appearances on stage and radio. However, his career downturned when he was accused of being a Communist by the House UnAmerican Committee, and despite notoriously ridiculing the judges in his trial, was blacklisted and found it difficult to find work for some time.

However Mostel won an Obie Award for his role in Ulysses and became a star once again, becoming particularly memorable for his musical roles. He made several film appearances in his later life, notably as Max Bialystock in The Producers, before passing away in 1977, largely as the result of a diet he had taken up to prepare him for the role of Shylock in Shakespeare reimagining The Merchant.

SingingEdit

Having a lengthy and influential musical career, Mostel began in the ensemble of numerous shows before making his film singing debut in DuBarry Was a Lady. After this, he began to appear more frequently in musicals, most notably A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Pseudolus, and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.

Mostel also sang in several films and television programmes, including The Muppet Show, his final screen appearance aired after his death, where he duetted with "What Do the Simple Folk Do?" from Camelot.

FilmEdit

DuBarry Was a Lady (1943)Edit

  • Friendship

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

  • Comedy Tonight (contains solo lines)
  • Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (contains solo lines)
  • Bring Me My Bride (contains solo lines)
  • Lovely (reprise)(duet)
  • The Dirge (contains solo lines)
  • Comedy Tonight (reprise)(contains solo lines)

The Producers (1968)Edit

  • Flying Down to Rio (solo)
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon (contains solo lines)

The Front (1976)Edit

  • Anything for a Laugh (solo)

TelevisionEdit

The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976)Edit

  • Money, Money, Money (contains solo lines)

The Muppet Show (1977)Edit

  • What Do the Simple Folk Do? (duet)

StageEdit

Keep 'em Laughing (1942)(originated the role)Edit

Top-Notchers (1942)(originated the role)Edit

Concert Varieties (1945)(originated the role)Edit

Beggar's Holiday (1946)(originated the role)Edit

  • The Scrimmage of Life (contains xolo lines)
  • Ore from a Gold Mine (duet)
  • Tooth and Claw (reprise)(contains solo lines)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962)(originated the role)Edit

  • Comedy Tonight (contains solo lines)
  • Free (duet)
  • Pretty Little Picture (contains solo lines)
  • Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (contains solo lines)
  • Bring Me My Bride (contains solo lines)
  • Lovely (reprise)(duet)
  • The Dirge (contains solo lines)
  • Comedy Tonight (reprise)(contains solo lines)

Fiddler on the Roof (1964)(originated the role)Edit

  • Tradition
  • Sabbath Prayer
  • If I Were a Rich Man (solo)
  • To Life (contains solo lines)
  • Tevye's Monologue (solo)
  • Tevye's Dream (contains solo lines)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (contains solo lines)
  • Tevye's Rebuttal (solo)
  • Chavaleh (solo)
  • Anatevka

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