Red Buttons (born Aaron Chwatt, February 5, 1919--July 13, 2006) was an Academy Award-winning American comedian and actor. Red Buttons was born Aaron Chwatt on February 5, 1919 in New York City to Jewish immigrants Sophie (nee Baker) and Michael Chwatt. At sixteen years old, Chwatt got a job as an entertaining bellhop at Ryan's Tavern in City Island, Bronx. The combination of his red hair and the large, shiny buttons on the bellhop uniforms inspired orchestra leader Charles 'Dinty' Moore to call him 'Red Buttons,' the name under which he would later perform. Later that same summer, Buttons worked on the Borscht Belt; his straight man was Robert Alda.
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