Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight is Zero Mostel:
Before there was Steve Martin and George Carlin, before there was Kevin Hart and Steve Carell, there was Zero Mostel (1915 – 1977). Mostel was one of the great comedic actors of the twentieth century. And what a performer he was. He played each role handed him like his life depended on it. Here he is with Gene Wilder in Mel Brooks’ insanely funny “The Producers”:
He originated the role of Teyve in “Fiddler on the Roof”.
And here’s another great performance in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”.
And his appearance on “The Muppet Show”.