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Zero Mostel, American actor. Recipient Tony award for best actor, 1961, 62, 64; Best Actor award Theatre of All Nations, Paris, 1959; Einstein medal of art.


Mostel, Zero was born on February 28, 1915 in Brooklyn. Son of Israel and Celia (Druchs) Mostel.


Graduated from College City New York, 1935. Postgraduate New York University, 1935-1936.


Traveled and painted, Louisiana and New Mexico, 1936. Various positions factories, also work as longshoreman. Lecturer art various museums for World Pet Association.

Debut as comedian Cafe Society Downtown, 1942. Appeared radio program Chamber Music Society of Lower Bush Street. On Broadway in Keep ’em Laughing.

Motion pictures DuBarry Was a Lady, 1942, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Producers, The Great Catherine, The Angel Levine, Hot Rock, Marco Polo, Rhinoceros. Appeared in Ulysses in Nightown, New York City, 1958, London, 1959, revival Winter Garden Theatre, 1974. Performed role in play Rhinoceros, 1961.

On Broadway in Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1962, musical Fiddler on the Roof, 1964. One man art show A.C.A. Galleries, 1973.


Married Kathryn Harkin. Children: Joshua, Tobias.

Israel Mostel

Celia (Druchs) Mostel

Kathryn Harkin

Joshua Mostel

Tobias Mostel