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Red Buttons

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Red Buttons
Birth name Aaron Chwatt
Born February 5, 1919 in New York, New York, USA
Died July 13, 2006 in Century City, California, USA from vascular disease
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
Awards star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Red Buttons Show Host 1952–1955
The Double Life of Henry Phyfe Henry Phyfe 1966 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
General Electric Theater Lt. George Poole 8x05 - The Tallest Marine October 18, 1959
General Electric Theater Tippy-Top 10x13 - Tippy-Top December 17, 1961
Frontier Circus Earl Youngblood 1x21 - Never Won Fair Lady April 12, 1962
Ben Casey Bill Jacoby 4x27 - Journeys End in Lovers Meeting April 19, 1965
Little House on the Prairie Jovial Willie O'Hara 1x19 - Circus Man January 29, 1975
227 Toots 2x16 - The Audit February 21, 1987
The Cosby Show Jake Bennett 7x24 - Cliff and Jake April 11, 1991
Roseanne Jake 5x21 - Playing with Matches March 23, 1993
Roseanne Jake 6x23 - Body by Jake May 10, 1994
ER Mr. Rubadoux 2x10 - A Miracle Happens Here December 14, 1995
ER Mr. Rubadoux 2x11 - Dead of Winter January 4, 1996
ER Mr. Rubadoux 2x12 - True Lies January 25, 1996
ER Mr. Rubadoux 2x14 - The Right Thing February 8, 1996
Cosby Mr. Tibbles 1x23 - My Dinner with Methuselah May 5, 1997
Early Edition Walter Stites 3x20 - Pinch Hitters April 17, 1999
Family Law Carl Porter 1x21 - Second Chance April 24, 2000
Presidio Med Chick 1x06 - Milagros October 23, 2002
ER Mr. Rubadoux 11x19 - Ruby Redux April 28, 2005

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Alexander Alexander April 4, 1973 ABC Afterschool Specials
Joys Himself March 5, 1976

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares April 13-17, 1970
The Hollywood Squares April 27-May 1, 1970
The Hollywood Squares August 20-24, 1973

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

(1 Win in 3 Nominations)

  • Won: Best Supporting Actor (1958)

Academy Awards

  • Won: Best Supporting Actor (1958)