Josh Mostel in "Stoogemania" (1986)
Actor Josh Mostel is
the son of Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen Zero Mostel.
Josh has more than 50 screen credits to his name, and he is known for his roles
in Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), City Slickers (1991)
and Adam Sandler flicks Billy Madison (1995) and Big
Daddy (1999). In 1948, when Josh was two years old, his father had one
of the earliest comedy shows on television, Off the Record. Zero
was then blacklisted during the Red Scare of the 1950s. (In 1976, he played a
blacklisted character in Woody Allen's The Front). His career
rebounded in the 1960s when he starred on Broadway in Fiddler on the
Roof and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,
then reprised the latter role on screen in 1966. Two years later he starred in
the original movie version of The Producers, creating the role
played by Nathan Lane in the 2005 revival. Josh's mother, Kate
Mostel, was a Broadway actress and former dancer with the Radio City Music
Hall Rockettes. She was also an author, co-writing the book 170 Years
of Show Business, which was published in 1978.
Josh's dad, Zero Mostel, as "Max Bialystock" in the original version of "The Producers" (1968), a role played more recently by Nathan Lane.
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