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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 1,615,351 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Zero Mostel is the 3,945th most popular actor (down from 3,900th in 2019), the 5,984th most popular biography from United States (up from 6,088th in 2019) and the 1,858th most popular American Actor.

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Among actors, Zero Mostel ranks 3,945 out of 9,996Before him are Dylan O'Brien, Keye Luke, Ernst Deutsch, Bob Anderson, Rick Aviles, and Alice Drummond. After him are Marie-Anne Chazel, Iris Berben, Jack Gilford, Ashley Tisdale, Lana Clarkson, and Elisabeth Moss.

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Among people born in 1915, Zero Mostel ranks 176Before him are Priscilla Lane, Johannes Kotkas, Knut Nystedt, David Stirling, Georges Guétary, and Herma Bauma. After him are Alvin M. Weinberg, Edmond Leburton, O. W. Fischer, Julio César Méndez Montenegro, Margarita Aliger, and Joseph Arthur Ankrah. Among people deceased in 1977, Zero Mostel ranks 161Before him are Raymond Bernard, Rodolfo Walsh, Lūcija Garūta, Paul Bernays, Mike Parkes, and Antonino Rocca. After him are Roberto Emílio da Cunha, Tafari Benti, José Perácio, Matthew Garber, Franco Rol, and Ulises Poirier.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Zero Mostel ranks 5,984 out of 18,182Before him are Mark Milley (1958), Rick Aviles (1952), Norman Vincent Peale (1898), Michael R. Clifford (1952), Alice Drummond (1928), and Beals Wright (1879). After him are Dorothea Klumpke (1861), Martha Jefferson (1748), Rosa Ponselle (1897), Lee Cronbach (1916), Henry Augustus Rowland (1848), and Adoniram Judson (1788).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Zero Mostel ranks 1,858Before him are Richard Benjamin (1938), Barry Newman (1938), Robert Pine (1941), Dylan O'Brien (1991), Rick Aviles (1952), and Alice Drummond (1928). After him are Jack Gilford (1908), Ashley Tisdale (1985), Lana Clarkson (1962), Elisabeth Moss (1982), Rachel Bilson (1981), and Larry Fine (1902).

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