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Red Button Dies
MSN.com

Posted on 07/13/2006 7:25:31 PM PDT by proudofthesouth

Just read on MSN.com that actor/comic Red Button has died at age 87.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: actor; comic; obituary; redbutton
He was a funny man. Doesn't that make him the third celebrity that has recently died?
1 posted on 07/13/2006 7:25:34 PM PDT by proudofthesouth
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To: proudofthesouth

He made me laugh, Rest in Peace!!!


2 posted on 07/13/2006 7:26:08 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: proudofthesouth

I thought he'd died years ago. RIP.


3 posted on 07/13/2006 7:29:08 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: proudofthesouth

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1665173/posts


4 posted on 07/13/2006 7:31:03 PM PDT by JennysCool (Roll out the Canarble Wagon!)
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To: skeeter

I wonder if he ever had a dinner?


5 posted on 07/13/2006 7:35:20 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: JennysCool

I searched on his name and nothing came up.


6 posted on 07/13/2006 7:41:26 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: proudofthesouth
Had an Uncle that used to "rent" Red for parties. He made his living for a while as a house party guest. Worked cheaply as I remember only a couple of hundred bucks in the 70's.
7 posted on 07/13/2006 7:43:13 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: proudofthesouth

It's Red Buttons (with an "s" at the end.)


8 posted on 07/13/2006 7:46:58 PM PDT by cydcharisse
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To: proudofthesouth
I'm glad I saw Buttons on Broadway about 10 years ago. He was a funny, funny guy. And you should have held him tell his "blue" joke, the one that sent them all running from the vaudeville theater straight into the paddy wagon outside -- and you had to run there because you wanted to make sure you had a seat in the wagon for the trip Downtown. After the long (and funny) story of all the problems cause by the blue humor, he told the joke. One of the most innocuous things you could imagine. But risque 50 or 60 years ago.

TS

9 posted on 07/13/2006 7:48:20 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Yes, I used this same joke on Flag Day. So sue me. It's America.)
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To: o-n-money

Nope. He neva had a dinner! :-)

Rest In Peace Red, We miss you already!


10 posted on 07/13/2006 7:48:37 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: o-n-money
I wonder if he ever had a dinner?

I don't know. Why don't you ask Ben Hur or his sister Ben Him, who once tried to switch but then they'd be Ben Gay, if he ever had a dinner.

TS
(yeah, I'm gonna miss him.)

11 posted on 07/13/2006 7:49:42 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Yes, I used this same joke on Flag Day. So sue me. It's America.)
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To: proudofthesouth
Doesn't that make him the third celebrity that has recently died?

I think so.

12 posted on 07/13/2006 7:51:36 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: proudofthesouth

"Hey hey, ho ho, strange things are happening."

That was the ditty Red sang on his TV show in the fifties.


13 posted on 07/13/2006 7:52:51 PM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com)
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To: Tanniker Smith

"In 1982, Red Buttons finally had a dinner. The Friars Club honored him with a star-filled roast and a life-achievement award."

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/07/13/entertainment/e123313D08.DTL


14 posted on 07/13/2006 7:54:32 PM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: ncountylee

Red Buttons made a dozen movies in the 1970's, and appeared in scores of TV shows, like Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Jackie Gleason, Disneyland, and many, many more, all in the '70's.

He was also an Academy Awards presenter sometime in the '70's.

Methinks you're thinking the wrong "Red". :)


15 posted on 07/13/2006 7:56:40 PM PDT by cydcharisse
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To: proudofthesouth

Loved Buttons....your spelling is wrong. He played in a number of John Wayne films. I'll never forget some of his roles. He wasn't a heavy weight or well known actor, but did a good job in his roles. Did a lot of TV spots. Probably more than movies.


16 posted on 07/13/2006 8:02:25 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: proudofthesouth

My favorite Red Buttons Movie was Hatari and the scene with the monkey capture rocket.(Not the scene shown)

17 posted on 07/13/2006 8:03:41 PM PDT by usmcobra (How many ICBM tests does it take before Kim Jung Il is consider a threat? let's find out 1,2,3...)
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To: cydcharisse
Methinks you're thinking the wrong "Red". :)

Possible, but I realy am 95% sure that it was Red Buttons.

18 posted on 07/13/2006 8:04:27 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: COEXERJ145

June Allison, Aaron Spelling


19 posted on 07/13/2006 8:06:13 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Tanniker Smith

Attilla the Hun....who once said "Sure I rape..sure I pillage...at least I gotta job"...never had a dinner.


20 posted on 07/13/2006 8:07:27 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

Spelling was too long ago. June Allison and someone else died within the last few days. I'm still trying to remember who it was.


21 posted on 07/13/2006 8:08:06 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: TheLion

He was certainly a fine actor.


22 posted on 07/13/2006 8:09:00 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: proudofthesouth

Red Buttons Biography

23 posted on 07/13/2006 8:10:45 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: proudofthesouth

Red Buttons was such a talented man. My favorite role he played was that of Kelly, in Sayonara. He won an Academy Award for best supporting actor. I cry everytime I watch the scene when he and Katsumi (played by Miyoshi Umeki) die rather than be parted.


24 posted on 07/13/2006 8:12:54 PM PDT by voiceinthewind
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To: proudofthesouth
I loved Red Buttons...what a great old timer MOVIE STAR..now he was a TRUE STAR...he was the type that made Hollywood proud...today it's nothing but hollyweirdo with a whole bunch of disgraceful idiots.

Yes, Rest in Peace, Mr. Buttons...what a fine Gentleman. ;o)

25 posted on 07/13/2006 8:13:13 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: o-n-money

Sophia Loren who's baby once said, "Mama, is all of that for me?" never had a dinner.


26 posted on 07/13/2006 8:14:42 PM PDT by Gysmo
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To: elkfersupper

Thank you. Other comedians that were also fine actors...Ed Wynn, Jackie Gleason and Robin williams. All award winners.


27 posted on 07/13/2006 8:15:35 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: Gysmo

Thought that was dolly Parton...interchangeable


28 posted on 07/13/2006 8:16:38 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: o-n-money

I remember him in these films: The Longest Day, The Poseidon Adventure and as "Pockets" in Hatari....a John Wayne film. He left a mark!


29 posted on 07/13/2006 8:20:15 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: COEXERJ145

Ken Lay?


30 posted on 07/13/2006 8:22:12 PM PDT by Richard Kimball
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To: proudofthesouth

Hey use to do ads on tv for some hotel in the Catskills, anyone remember which one?


31 posted on 07/13/2006 8:23:17 PM PDT by StuLongIsland
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To: cydcharisse

Maybe it was Red Foxx. Now, he would be an interesting house guest. You know if you really wanted to impress the boss and especially his wife.


32 posted on 07/13/2006 8:24:44 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: StuLongIsland

The Nevellie?


33 posted on 07/13/2006 8:24:58 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: cydcharisse; ncountylee
Red Buttons started in show business at age seven, singing on street corners. He started in burlesque in 1939, working for Minskys. He also did Broadway and had a television series in the sixties, "The Double Life of Henry Phife".

Buttons made a lot of movies during the seventies, but his career spanned somewhere around fifty years.

He was born on the lower east side of Manhattan, in an area called "the miracle mile." Buttons, Fanny Brice, Jimmy Durante, Eddie Cantor, George Burns and George Gershwin all came from the same neighborhood.

Just a little Red Buttons info. Loved his work, especially Hatari, and was seriously jealous when he got Carol Linley in the Poseidon Adventure. I always thought in terms of appearance, she was as close to perfect as it gets.

34 posted on 07/13/2006 8:33:50 PM PDT by Richard Kimball
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To: proudofthesouth

I do remember his performances in "The Poseidon Adventure" and my favorite "Sayonara". Everytime I see "Sayonara" I start crying when Brando discovers the double suicide. My heart bleeds when he discovers his Japanese wife played by Myoshi Umeki is planning to slit her eyes. He so rough, tough Joe Kelly with a heart of gold.


35 posted on 07/13/2006 8:40:20 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: lilylangtree
Everytime I see "Sayonara" I start crying when Brando discovers the double suicide. My heart bleeds when he discovers his Japanese wife played by Myoshi Umeki is planning to slit her eyes. He so rough, tough Joe Kelly with a heart of gold.

I was planning on watching that movie...anything else you want to give away? :)

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Barney Frank, who was once quoted as saying, "I never met a hamster I didn't like"... Never had a dinner.

Rosie O' Donnell, who was caught at the 'biker' bars asking "Your face or mine?"... Never had a dinner. Unless you count all the times she "ate out"...

36 posted on 07/13/2006 9:04:16 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (Congress is more afraid of nail guns and illegal aliens than law abiding American citizens)
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To: Captainpaintball

You're bad, Bad, BAD! :)


37 posted on 07/13/2006 9:07:55 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: proudofthesouth
Red Buttons sign off from his 1960's TV show was "good night and may God bless". While I had heard many say "God bless", I had never heard anyone using it in this more respectful phrasing. Even as I child I was struck by how much more appropriate is this subjective form of the expression. Leaving out the "may" always seemed like a presumptive attempt to command God to do one's bidding.

Curiously, the only other public figure that I know who habitually uses this form is George W. Bush.

38 posted on 07/13/2006 9:17:13 PM PDT by Jeff F
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To: Captainpaintball
One more...

Jessica Simpson, who thinks Manual Labor is the president of Guatemala...Never had a dinner.

39 posted on 07/13/2006 9:18:53 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (Congress is more afraid of nail guns and illegal aliens than law abiding American citizens)
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To: StuLongIsland

Anyone who lived in South Florida in the late 70s remember him as the spokesperson for "Century Village", in Fort Lauderdale, which I believe was the first Adult Community in the country.


40 posted on 07/13/2006 9:19:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Jeff F

That was Red Skelton that said that


41 posted on 07/13/2006 9:23:25 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: proudofthesouth
Never gets old
42 posted on 07/13/2006 10:00:59 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Make peace with your Ann whatever you conceive Her to be -- Hairy Thunderer or Cosmic Muffin)
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To: Jeff F
"good night and may God bless".

I remember the great Red Skelton saying this at the end of every show but not Red Buttons.

43 posted on 07/14/2006 5:23:10 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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