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Biography of an absurdist actor


Mostel was an influential actor in the absurdist time period.  However, at one time he was blacklisted which made it very difficult for him to work in the entertainment industry.   He not only recovered from the McCarthy-era blacklist and a crippling accident, but that he soared to greater heights than ever.  Mostel tackled both farcical slapstick and serious drama with equal vigor and conviction.  He was such an influential character in this era because of his ability to bounce back.  After being blacklisted, he went on to win awards and star in plays such as:  Rhinoceros (1961), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1963), and Fiddler on the Roof (1965).