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» Friday, July 14, 2006They Come In Threes :-(
Comedian Red Buttons Dead at 87
I remember those Friar's Club roasts; they were uproariously funny. It's when Dean Martin started doing them as a regular series that they lost their gleam, since they had to find people to roast that were not notables.
One of my favorite Buttons' roles was as the newspaperman in Five Weeks in a Balloon, even if it was rather a cheap Journey to the Center of the Earth-type knockoff.
He's also one of the parachutists on D-Day in The Longest Day, as the real-life soldier who became trapped in a church bell tower, tangled on his parachute cords, a target for German snipers, and did very well in the role.