Death of Red Buttons

February 5, 1919 - July 13, 2006
Santa Monica, California | Age 87

Comic and Oscar winner, dies in Los Angeles at 87
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Red Buttons, the carrot-topped burlesque comedian who became a top star in early television then went dramatic to win the 1957 Oscar as best supporting actor in "Sayonara," has died. He was 87.

Buttons died of vascular disease Thursday at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles, publicist Warren Cowan said. He had been ill for some time, and was with family members when he died, Cowan said.

With his eager manner and rapid-fire wit, Buttons excelled in every phase of...

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