Born Samuel Joel Mostel...Because of his leftist leanings,
Zero was blacklisted and spent most of the 1950s unemployed..
it took till 1957 for him to be cast again,
this time in the film Panic in the Streets with Jack Palance
With Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton and Jack Gilford in the film version of
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
With Estelle Winwood (Hold Me! Touch Me!) in The Producers, 1968
1961...Waiting for Godot, with Burgess Meredith
In 1943 Life magazine described him as
"just about the funniest American now living".
An art major, at the City College of New York,
with a part time "gig" as a tour guide at NYC museums...
Zero's banter was more comedic than academic.
Still, he never gave up painting.