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Samuel Joel Mostel
New York, NY
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Zero Mostel Fast Facts:
Wanted to be a painter as a child and worked as an artist during the Depression (he continued painting throughout his life).
Worked as a longshoreman, a factory worker and a miner before making it in show business.
Worked as a museum tour guide, and his improvisations as a guide led to work as a nightclub comedian, which in turn led to early appearances on Broadway.
Was given the nickname Zero by a nightclub press agent, because he was a man who "started from nothing."
Briefly served in the U.S. Army in 1943.
Was blacklisted in Hollywood after he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1951.
Was hit by a bus in 1960 and severely injured his left leg.
Was the first performer to win Tonys in both the musical and dramatic acting categories.
Was known for frequently ad-libbing on stage.
Zero Mostel Relationships:
Clara Sverd - Ex-wife
Josh Mostel - Son
Kate Mostel - Wife (deceased)
Tobias Mostel - Son
Zero Mostel Awards:
1969 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
1963 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Winner
1965 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Winner
1974 Tony: Actor (Dramatic) - Nominee
1961 Tony: Actor (Dramatic) - Winner
1977 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Nominee
City University of New York, City College, New York, NY (1935); attended New York University, New York, NY
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