1919 – 2006
The flame-haired comedian and Oscar-winning actor of 1957 film "Sayonara," died on Thursday at his Los Angeles-area home at the age of 87 of vascular disease.
Buttons, who started his 60-year career as a kid singing for pennies on New York’s street corners, had been ill for some time. His family was with him when he died, publicist Warren Cowan said.
Buttons’ career spanned film, Broadway, television, comedy clubs and Las Vegas. He won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role as a U.S. soldier involved in an ill-fated interracial marriage in post-World War Two Japan in "Sayonara."