Zero Mostel

1915 - 1977

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Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel (February 28, 1915 – September 8, 1977) was an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is best known for his portrayal of comic characters such as Tevye on stage in Fiddler on the Roof, Pseudolus on stage and on screen in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Max Bialystock in the original film version of Mel Brooks' The Producers (1967). Mostel was a student of Don Richardson, and he used an acting technique based on muscle memory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zero Mostel has received more than 1,336,944 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Zero Mostel is the 3,901st most popular actor (down from 3,504th in 2019), the 6,092nd most popular biography from United States (down from 5,528th in 2019) and the 1,905th most popular American Actor.

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  • 4.29

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Among actors, Zero Mostel ranks 3,901 out of 10,030Before him are Jocelyn Brando, Jennifer Hudson, Doug Hutchison, Billy Barty, Rupert Graves, and Colin Salmon. After him are Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Josée Croze, Rachel Ticotin, Tiger Shroff, China Zorrilla, and Shawn Wayans.

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Among people born in 1915, Zero Mostel ranks 172Before him are Julio César Méndez Montenegro, Ann Sheridan, Ray Evans, David Diamond, Raquel Rastenni, and Derek Prince. After him are Vic Buckingham, Nicholas Metropolis, Margarita Aliger, Joe Fry, Mario Echandi Jiménez, and Eugène Martin. Among people deceased in 1977, Zero Mostel ranks 155Before him are Roberto Emílio da Cunha, Lūcija Garūta, Vladimir Tributs, Nellie Tayloe Ross, Alexander Galich, and Franco Albini. After him are Carlos Prío Socarrás, José Perácio, Ulises Poirier, Tafari Benti, Robert Lowell, and Gummo Marx.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Zero Mostel ranks 6,092 out of 15,968Before him are Edward Everett (1794), Lhasa de Sela (1972), Billy Barty (1924), Wiz Khalifa (1987), Eli Lilly (1838), and Edward Cook (1888). After him are Granville Woods (1856), Forrest Smithson (1884), Joe Jonas (1989), Rachel Ticotin (1958), Brian Setzer (1959), and Burt Rutan (1943).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Zero Mostel ranks 1,905Before him are Mary Alice (1941), Michael Kelly (1969), Jocelyn Brando (1919), Jennifer Hudson (1981), Doug Hutchison (1960), and Billy Barty (1924). After him are Rachel Ticotin (1958), Shawn Wayans (1971), Lassie Lou Ahern (1920), Pearl White (1889), Penny Johnson Jerald (1961), and James Shigeta (1929).

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