Vincent Gardenia (1920–1992)


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He was honored twice off-Broadway with Distinguished Performance OBIE Award, first in 1960 for "Machinal" and again in 1969 for "Passing Through From Exotic Places." In 1972 he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a play for "Prisoner on 2nd Avenue." In 1979 he was nominated for Best Actor in a musical for "Ballroom." Gardenia was twice ... See full bio »

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Moonstruck Cosmo Castorini
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 1991 The Super
Big Lou Kritski
 1990 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Murray Melman
- God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman (1990) ... Murray Melman
- New Kidney on the Block (1990) ... Murray Melman
- Smoke Gets in Your Thighs (1990) ... Murray Melman
- Happy Trails (1990) ... Murray Melman
- The Bitch Is Back (1990) ... Murray Melman
 1990 The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story (TV Movie documentary)
Harry Pizer
 1990 The Ray Bradbury Theater (TV Series)
Mr. Terle
- The Day It Rained Forever (1990) ... Mr. Terle
 1989 Quattro piccole donne (TV Series)
 1989 Age-Old Friends (TV Movie)
Michael Aylott
 1989 Skin Deep
Barney
 1989 Cavalli si nasce
Il Principe
 1988 Cheeeese
Bonjour
 1987 Un siciliano in Sicilia (TV Mini Series)
Zio Nino
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Zio Nino
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Zio Nino
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Zio Nino
 1987 Moonstruck
Cosmo Castorini
 1987 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Stephen Spettigue
- Charley's Aunt (1987) ... Stephen Spettigue
 1986 Honor Thy Father (TV Movie)
Tassi, the Commissioner
 1986 Little Shop of Horrors
Mushnik
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Harry Faulk (segment "Healer")
- Healer/Children's Zoo/Kentucky Rye (1985) ... Harry Faulk (segment "Healer")
 1985 Brass (TV Movie)
Chief Mike Maldonato
 1985 Movers & Shakers
Saul Gritz
 1984 Dark Mirror (TV Movie)
Detective Al Church
 1983 Kennedy (TV Mini Series)
J. Edgar Hoover
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... J. Edgar Hoover
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... J. Edgar Hoover
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... J. Edgar Hoover
 1983 Charley's Aunt (TV Movie)
Stephen Spettigue
 1982 Muggable Mary, Street Cop (TV Movie)
Maggio
 1982 Ciao nemico
General Brigg
 1982 Death Wish II
Det. Frank Ochoa
 1981 Thornwell (TV Movie)
Traeger
 1980-1981 Breaking Away (TV Series)
Ray Stoller
- La Strada (1981) ... Ray Stoller
- Rainy Night in Georgia (1981) ... Ray Stoller
- Grand Illusion (1980) ... Ray Stoller
- Heart Like a Wheel (1980) ... Ray Stoller
- King of the Quarry (1980) ... Ray Stoller
 1980 The Dream Merchants (TV Mini Series)
Peter Kessler
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Peter Kessler
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Peter Kessler
 1979 That's Life (rumored)
 1979 Goldie and the Boxer (TV Movie)
Diamond
 1979 Marciano (TV Movie)
Al Weill
 1979 Home Movies
Doctor Byrd
 1979 Insight (TV Series)
Moses
- Holy Moses (1979) ... Moses
 1979 Firepower
Frank Hull
 1978 Heaven Can Wait
Krim
 1977 Greased Lightning
Sheriff Cotton
 1977 Fire Sale
Benny Fikus
 1977 The Mary Tyler Moore Show (TV Series)
Frank Coleman
- The Last Show (1977) ... Frank Coleman
 1976 Luna di miele in tre
Frankie, the Journalist
 1976 The Big Racket
Pepe
 1976 La banca di Monate
Santino Paleari
 1976 House of Pleasure for Women
Mr. Chips
 1976 Dean's Place (TV Special)
Vincenzo - Chef
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Det. Vince LaGuardia
- A House of Prayer, a Den of Thieves (1975) ... Det. Vince LaGuardia
 1975 Dean's Place (TV Special)
Vincenzo - Chef
 1975 The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery
Big Daddy Jessup
 1974 The Front Page
Sheriff
 1974 Death Wish
Frank Ochoa
 1971-1973 All in the Family (TV Series)
Frank Lorenzo / Curtis Rempley / Jim Bowman
- Edith's Christmas Story (1973) ... Frank Lorenzo
- Archie Is Cursed (1973) ... Frank Lorenzo
- Black Is the Color of My True Love's Wig (1973) ... Frank Lorenzo
- The Games Bunkers Play (1973) ... Frank Lorenzo
- Henry's Farewell (1973) ... Frank Lorenzo
 1973 The Carpenters (TV Movie)
Father
 1973 Lucky Luciano
Colonel Charles Poletti
 1973 Bang the Drum Slowly
Dutch
 1973 Cops (TV Movie)
Captain Sonny Miglio
 1973 Screaming Skull (TV Movie)
Dr. Ollie Pratt
 1972 The Rookies (TV Series)
Saul
- Dirge for Sunday (1972) ... Saul
 1972 Maude (TV Series)
Judge Motorman
- The Ticket (1972) ... Judge Motorman
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mr. Cooperman (segment "Love and the Girlish Groom")
- Love and the Girlish Groom/Love and the New You/Love and the Oldlyweds/Love and the Wishing Star (1972) ... Mr. Cooperman (segment "Love and the Girlish Groom")
 1972 Hickey & Boggs
Papadakis
 1971 McCloud (TV Series)
Barney Sweetwater
- Top of the World, Ma! (1971) ... Barney Sweetwater
 1971 Sarge (TV Series)
Arnold Bates
- Psst! Wanna Buy a Dirty Picture? (1971) ... Arnold Bates
 1971 Cold Turkey
Mayor Quincey L. Wappler
 1971 Little Murders
Carol Newquist
 1970 Where's Poppa?
Coach Williams
 1970 Jenny
Mr. Marsh
 1969 This Town Will Never Be the Same (TV Movie)
Paul Rourke
 1967-1968 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Vito Lugana / Lewis George Parma
- The Execution (1968) ... Lewis George Parma
- The Council: Part 2 (1967) ... Vito Lugana
- The Council: Part 1 (1967) ... Vito Lugana
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
Roy Faber
- Something for Nothing (1968) ... Roy Faber
 1967 Coronet Blue (TV Series)
The Man
- Where You from and What You Done? (1967) ... The Man
 1967 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Uncle Cheech
- Money Man (1967) ... Uncle Cheech
 1967 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Judge Montez
- Shadow of a Killer (1967) ... Judge Montez
 1967 Mannix (TV Series)
Eddie Cortina
- Skid Marks on a Dry Run (1967) ... Eddie Cortina
 1967 The Rat Patrol (TV Series)
Colonel Centis
- Take Me to Your Leader Raid (1967) ... Colonel Centis
 1967 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Charles Shepherd
- Noose of Gold (1967) ... Charles Shepherd
 1967 I Spy (TV Series)
Dr. Mellado
- Get Thee to a Nunnery (1967) ... Dr. Mellado
 1967 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Capt. Bill Gibbs
- There Goes the Ball Game (1967) ... Capt. Bill Gibbs
 1965-1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Briggs / John Sample
- Image of Yesterday (1967) ... Briggs
- Palms of Glory (1965) ... John Sample
 1967 The Monkees (TV Series)
Bruno
- Case of the Missing Monkee (1967) ... Bruno
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Nate Fischel
- Legacy for a Lousy Future (1966) ... Nate Fischel
 1966 Seaway (TV Series)
Bugsy Spiegel
- Over the Falls (1966) ... Bugsy Spiegel
 1965-1966 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Mr. Tevlin
- In Case of Emergency, Cry Havoc (1966) ... Mr. Tevlin
 1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Bellini
- Escape from Venice (1965) ... Bellini
 1965 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Gallows Humor (1965)
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Lester
- Over Defence Is Out (1965) ... Lester
 1965 The Third Day
Preston
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Burt Neasden
- Memorandum for a Spy: Part 2 (1965) ... Burt Neasden
- Memorandum for a Spy: Part 1 (1965) ... Burt Neasden
 1965 Memorandum for a Spy (TV Movie)
 1964-1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Inspector / Chief Inspector / Inspector Javert
- Grave Doubts (1965) ... Chief Inspector
- The Pigeons of Paris (1965) ... Inspector
- The Laughing Lady of Luxor (1965) ... Inspector (uncredited)
- Take Me in Paris (1964) ... Inspector Javert
- Viva Diaz! (1964) ... Inspector (uncredited)
 1962-1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
Mr. Kraft / Sullivan / Peter Chakris / ...
- Fires of the Mind (1965) ... Mr. Kraft
- The Star Spangled Ghetto (1963) ... Sullivan
- The Trial of Twenty-Two (1963) ... Peter Chakris
- The Broken Barrelhead (1962) ... George Morton
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Charlie Raines
- Threepersons (1964) ... Charlie Raines
 1964 The Bing Crosby Show (TV Series)
Desk Sergeant
- The Green Couch (1964) ... Desk Sergeant
 1963-1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mr. Thompson / Mr. Pulski / Mervyn Fowler
- The Bystanders (1964) ... Mr. Thompson
- The Unwanted (1963) ... Mr. Pulski
- Party Girl (1963) ... Mervyn Fowler
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Dr. Warren
- If Your Grandmother Had Wheels (1964) ... Dr. Warren
 1963 Ride with Terror (TV Movie)
Sam Beckerman
 1962-1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Samson / Defense Counsel
- Ride with Terror (1963)
- A Dozen Deadly Roses (1963) ... Samson
- The Forgery (1962) ... Defense Counsel
 1961 Tallahassee 7000 (TV Series)
Carl Gardini
- Meeting of the Mob (1961) ... Carl Gardini
 1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Jake Petrie
- The Troubleshooter (1961) ... Jake Petrie
 1961 The Hustler
Bartender
 1961 Mad Dog Coll
Dutch Schultz
 1961 Parrish
Bit part (uncredited)
 1961 A View from the Bridge
Lipari
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Nissen
- The Dybbuk (1960) ... Nissen
 1960 Murder, Inc.
Lazlo
 1959 Deadline (TV Series)
Editor
- Thesis for Murder (1959) ... Editor
 1959 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
 1959 Naked City (TV Series)
Musso / Crudelli
- The Canvas Bullet (1959) ... Musso
- Baker's Dozen (1959) ... Crudelli
 1959 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Jacques
- Night of Betrayal (1959) ... Jacques
 1958 Cop Hater
Danny the Gimp (as Vince Gardenia)
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
Bull
- The Challenger (1958) ... Bull
 1954-1957 Studio One (TV Series)
Dick / Bailiff
- The Night America Trembled (1957) ... Dick
- Twelve Angry Men (1954) ... Bailiff (uncredited)
 1956 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Bookie
- The Recruiting Sergeant (1956) ... Bookie (uncredited)
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
George Vetter (1960) / Ernie Tuttle #1 (1967)
 1945 The House on 92nd Street
German Spy Trainee (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Daughter of Silence. Comedy. See more »

Alternate Names:

Vince Gardenia

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Parents:

Scognamiglio, Gennaro Gardenia | Scognamiglio, Elisa Gardenia

Relatives:

Scognamiglio, Ralph Gardenia (sibling)
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Following his death, he was interred at Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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