Vincent Schiavelli Poster


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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 11 November 1948Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 26 December 2005Polizzi Generosa, Sicily, Italy  (lung cancer)
Birth NameVincent Andrew Schiavelli
Nickname The Man with the Sad Eyes
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Vincent Schiavelli, selected in 1997 by Vanity Fair as one of the best character actors in America, had made over 120 film and television appearances. He studied acting at NYU's Theatre Program. Aside from his acting career, Vincent was the author of three cookbooks, and has written numerous articles on food for magazines and newspapers. In 2001, he received the James Beard Journalism Award.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Vincent Schiavelli

Spouse (2)

Carol Mukhalian (23 October 1992 - 26 December 2005) (his death) (1 child)
Allyce Beasley (4 August 1985 - 20 November 1988) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (6)

Large, droopy owl-like eyes
Often played Italian-American characters
Bald head
Always played memorable character roles
Towering height
Frequently cast in Milos Forman films.

Trivia (23)

Vince got his role as a TV exec in Man on the Moon (1999) from his few appearances with Andy Kaufman on Taxi (1978).
Was frequently cast in Milos Forman films
Son, Andrea Joseph Schiavelli (born 1987), with Allyce Beasley.
His grandfather, whom he grew up with, was a cook for an Italian baron before moving to the United States. Vincent spoke fluent Sicilian.
Studied at the New York University School of the Arts in 1969 and 1970.
His character Peter Panama on The Corner Bar (1972) was the first sustained gay character on American network television.
[2001] Vincent directed a theater piece in Sicily based on nine traditional fables. Six of the eight actors were Sicilian, and everything was authentic down to the local dialect. After the production, Vincent went out on stage with the actors and was met with a five-minute storm of wild flowers from the audience.
During his high school years in Brooklyn (1962 - 1966), he was the star of all the Drama Society's presentations, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Appeared in two different, completely unrelated productions in which he played a hit man targeting a character played by Teri Hatcher: the television series MacGyver (1985) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Wrote three cookbooks and many food articles for magazines and newspapers, possibly inheriting his love for cooking from his grandfather who had been a cook for an Italian baron.
Appeared in Batman Returns (1992) and Batman: The Animated Series (1992): The Animated Series.
Made many guest appearances on local Sicilian TV talk shows. Made himself very popular with the "locals," by speaking proper Sicilian during his interviews.
Owed his distinctive appearance largely to Marfan syndrome, from which he suffered. He was an honorary co-chairman of the National Marfan Foundation until his death.
He's an alumnus of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, as is former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Appeared in two different, completely unrelated productions in which he played opposite Pierce Brosnan: the television series Remington Steele (1982) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Along with Ray Walston, he is one of only two actors to appear in both Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and the subsequent television adaptation Fast Times (1986).
Is the only actor besides Christopher Walken to have played both Batman and Bond villains. Both appeared in Batman Returns (1992); Walken as Max Shreck and Schiavelli as The Organ Grinder. Walken played Max Zorin in A View to a Kill (1985) with Roger Moore and Schiavelli played Dr. Kauffman in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) with Pierce Brosnan.
Schiavelli worked with Danny DeVito in 4 different films: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Batman Returns (1992), Man on the Moon (1999), and Death to Smoochy (2002).
Schiavelli is 1 of 2 actors who were born in 1948, appeared in one of the Keaton/Burton 'Batman' films, and died in 2005. The other was William Hootkins, who appeared as Lt. Eckhardt in "Batman" (1989).
Shares his birthday with his Ghost co-star Demi Moore November 11th.
Appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), An Unmarried Woman (1978), Amadeus (1984) and Ghost (1990). Of those, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984) are winners in the category and both were directed by Milos Forman.
One of three actors from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest to play a Batman villain in the Burton/Keaton Batman movies. The others of course being Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman (1989) and Danny DeVito as The Penguin in Batman Returns. Schiavelli played The Organ Grinder in Batman Returns (a villain who was working for The Penguin).

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