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RIP, Red Buttons

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Freelance Hack, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

  2. lollygagger

    lollygagger Member

    His prime was a good ways before my time, but I've seen enough to know he was funnier than most of today's comedians could ever dream of being.
  3. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    Viva Knievel!
  4. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    The man could also act, witness him in They Shoot Horses, Don't They.

    He rates an RIP.
  5. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I had no idea the fellow was still alive. But RIP.
  6. 35in44

    35in44 Member

    Great actor. Last role was a memorable one when he played an elderly gentleman on "ER."
  7. And he never got a dinner.
    (Ancient Dean Martin roast reference there.)
    He was also great in The Longest Day, as the paratrooper who got snagged in the steeple.
  8. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    John Wayne: ``Do you read me?''

    Red Buttons: ``Loud and clear, sir!''

    And you beat me to the ``never got a dinner'' line.
  9. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Mr Bastard,

    You beat me to it again.

    Incredible that he was still alive. I look at those ads for DM Roast videos ... I think everybody but Ali is dead. Hope, Berle, Ball (or as Milty introduced her at the profanity-free Friars club, Lucille Testicle), Cosell, Wilt, Gleason, Buttons, Youngman, Sammy Davis Jr, Foster Brooks, and others. P-Diller still with us I guess, ha, ha, ha. Did Joey Bishop go to the Great Talk Show Couch in the Sky?

    YHS, etc
  10. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Phyllis and Joey are still alive.

    I hate to quibble on an RIP thread, but I will anyway. I don't think you can be a former Oscar winner, can you? That would be like being a former graduate of (insert school name here).
  11. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Or a former Heisman Trophy winner.
  12. Pete Wevurski

    Pete Wevurski Member

    How funny was Red Buttons? Consider:

    He traditionally closed the show as the final "roaster" at any Friars' Club roast he attended. Inasmuch as the dais routinely included some of the funniest comics in the biz, that's quite a standing tribute by his peers.
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