I always loved Red Buttons. He was great in movies like "The Longest Day" (" Loud and Clear, sir!" and the Poseidon Adventure, but he was also great on all the TV shows I remember from when I was a kid. He'd be on Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, even Laugh-in. A funny, Funny guy, especially for an old guy. The Times did a nice Obit for him, and it's worth reading.
Awesome, awesome movie. This was the first movie since Signs in which I felt palpable concern for the characters as though they were real people who might die in front of me. Also, possibly the greatest opening 2 minutes in movie history.