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Mostel, Zero

Mostel, Zero mŏs˝tĕl´ [key], 1915–77, American actor, b. New York City as Samuel Joel Mostel. Mostel made his Broadway debut in Keep 'Em Laughing (1942). A comic actor with an expressive face, he combined a large paunch with acrobatic grace. His major stage appearances include Ulysses in Nighttown (1958 and 1974), Rhinoceros (1961 film, 1973), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962 film, 1966), and Fiddler on the Roof (1964). Mostel's other films include The Producers (1968).

See his Zero by Mostel (1965).

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