Red Buttons

Actor + Comedian
Born Feb 5, 1919

Red Buttons was an Academy Award-winning American comedian and actor.

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1919 Birth Red Buttons was born Aaron Chwatt on February 5, 1919, in New York City, to Jewish immigrants Sophie (née Baker) and Michael Chwatt. … Read More


1939 20 Years Old In 1939, Buttons started working for Minsky's Burlesque; in 1941, José Ferrer chose Buttons to appear in a Broadway show The Admiral Had a Wife. … Read More
1942 23 Years Old In September 1942, Buttons made his Broadway debut in Vickie with Ferrer and Uta Hagen. … Read More
1943 24 Years Old Drafted into the United States Army Air Forces, Buttons in 1943 appeared in the Army Air Forces' Broadway show Winged Victory, along with several future stars, including Mario Lanza, John Forsythe, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. … Read More
1947 28 Years Old Buttons married actress Roxanne Arlen in 1947, but the marriage soon ended in divorce.


1949 30 Years Old He married Helayne McNorton on December 8, 1949. They divorced in 1963.


1964 45 Years Old His last marriage was to Alicia Pratts, which lasted from January 27, 1964, until her death in March 2001. … Read More


2006 87 Years Old Buttons died of complications from high blood pressure on July 13, 2006, at age 87 at his home in Century City, Los Angeles. … Read More
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