Actor and Comedian Red Buttons Dies at 87
Comedian and actor Red Buttons has died of vascular disease in Los Angeles at the age of 87. His most lauded role, for which he won the best supporting actor Oscar, was his portrayal of Airman Joe Kelly in the Marlon Brando film, Sayonara. This opened the door for other comedians to take on dramatic roles. Buttons did it all, working not only in television and movies, but on Broadway as well.
His movie credits include They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Harlow, Hatari!, Stagecoach, and the Poseidon Adventure. He was nominated for Golden Globes in the best supporting actor category for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Harlow.
In the past 30 years, he has appeared on tv shows such as The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Knots Landing, 227, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Vega$, and Little House on the Prairie: A New Beginning. His most recent role was a series of five appearances on the television drama ER as Ruby Rubadoux.