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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 2 September 1929Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, Wales, UK
Date of Death 18 June 2012Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK  (pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameVittorio Georgio Andrea Spinetti
Nickname Vic

Mini Bio (1)

Comic eccentric and gifted raconteur, Victor Spinetti was born in Wales on September 2, 1929, the son of Giuseppe Spinetti and Lily (Watson) Spinetti. He was educated at Monmouth School. Initially interested in a teaching degree, he turned to acting instead and studied for the stage at the College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. A familiar stage presence in London's West End, his roles included "Expresso Bongo" with Paul Scofield and Leonard Bernstein's "Candide". He also spent six years with Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. Noticed in some of his more important theater pieces such as "The Hostage", "Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be", "Henry IV, Parts I & II", and "Every Man in His Humour", his triumph in "Oh! What a Lovely War" led to Broadway and both the Tony and Theatre World awards. In the late 1960s, Victor co-starred in "The Odd Couple" with Jack Klugman when it toured London. A noted performer with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has been equally adept in theatre musicals, providing delicious villainy as Fagin in "Oliver!" and Captain Hook in "Peter Pan". A theatre director of both legit and musical plays as well, Victor's one man show "A Very Private Diary" has played all over the world. At age 70+, Victor is still quite active on stage, more recently playing Baron Bomburst in the musical version of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in 2003, and "The Merry Widow" in 2004. In 1960s film, Victor became a vital part of the "Beatlemania" phenomenon earning international recognition as he added to the insanity of three of The Beatles' cult vehicles: A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965) and their hour-long Magical Mystery Tour (1967). A TV favorite in England, he scored in many comedy series over the years. He is an excellent conversationalist and storyteller who has often extended his talents into writing.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trivia (8)

Appeared in the first three films of The Beatles (A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965) and Magical Mystery Tour (1967)).
George Harrison asked him to be in The Beatles' first films because George's mother loved Victor's work and George said to Victor, "Me mum will only go to see them if you're in them".
Won Broadway's 1965 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "Oh, What a Lovely War."
Toured America promoting his roles in the The Beatles' films when they were released on DVD.
Hiw award-winning stage work in "Oh! What a Lovely War" was caught by The Beatles in 1963, who came back stage and asked Victor to appear in their movie A Hard Day's Night (1964).
Barry Burnett was his close friend and agent.
Lontime partner of Graham Curnow.
Elder brother of drummer Henry Spinetti, who played at the "Concert for George" tribute to George Harrison.

Personal Quotes (2)

When I started out in life I wanted to teach. I said I want to teach that this planet rises at 7:10 a.m. and it sets at 6:42 p.m., the sun doesn't move. If I can teach that, may be all these little kids growing up would realize we are one thing, there is no north and south, no Scotland, Ireland, Wales, there is one planet and we are all on it and we all have to look after that and look after each other.
A lot of actors won't do things beacause they say it is boring when you are always working. A lot of them won't go on tour, a lot won't do pantomime. I think you should do everything. People ask me what they should do about being in this business. I say, learn the three Rs: redundancy, rejection and resting.

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