Victor Spinetti (1929–2012)


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Comic eccentric and gifted raconteur Victor Spinetti was born in Wales on September 2, 1929, the son of Giuseppe Spinetti and Lily (Watson) Spinetti. Educated at Monmouth School, he was initially interested in a teaching degree but turned to acting instead and studied for the stage at the College of Music and Drama in the capital city of Cardiff. A... See full bio »

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A Hard Day's Night T.V. Director
(1964)
Help! Foot
(1965)
(1967)
(1970)

Filmography

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 2006 Cosa Raccomanda Lei? (Short)
Man, Taxi Driver, Waiter, Barman, Gangster
 2006/I Wednesday (Short)
Mr. Pomeroy
 2005 High Hopes (TV Series)
Daniel Gold
- Every Picture Tells a Story (2005) ... Daniel Gold
 2005 New Tricks (TV Series)
Binky
- Old and Cold (2005) ... Binky
 2002 First Degree (TV Series)
Founder
 2000 In the Beginning (TV Mini Series)
Happatezoah, Pharaoh's Magician
- Part II (2000) ... Happatezoah, Pharaoh's Magician
- Part I (2000) ... Happatezoah, Pharaoh's Magician
 1999-2000 Dragon Tales (TV Series)
Narrator (Audiobooks)
- Don't Bug Me/Over and Over (2000) ... Narrator (Audiobooks)
- To Do or Not to Do/Much Ado About Nodlings (2000) ... Narrator (Audiobooks)
- Bully for You/The Great White Cloud Whale (2000) ... Narrator (Audiobooks)
- Out with the Garbage/Lights, Camera, Dragon (2000) ... Narrator (Audiobooks)
- Ord Sees the Light/The Ugly Dragling (2000) ... Narrator (Audiobooks)
 1999 Boobs in the Wood (Video)
Friar Tuck
 1999 Harry and the Wrinklies (TV Series)
Max
 1999 Julie and the Cadillacs
Cyril Wise
 1997 The Prince of Atlantis (TV Series)
- Checkmate (1997) ... (voice)
 1997 The Puzzle Club Christmas Mystery (Video short) (voice)
 1995 Bottom (TV Series)
Maitre 'd
- Finger (1995) ... Maitre 'd
 1994 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series short)
Dr. Craven
- The Secret Garden (1994) ... Dr. Craven (voice)
 1992 Secrets (TV Mini Series)
Sigmund Vandenhoff
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Sigmund Vandenhoff
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Sigmund Vandenhoff
 1992 Take Off with T. Bag (TV Series)
Darren Katz
- The Red Shoes (1992) ... Darren Katz
 1991 The Princess and the Goblin
Glump (voice)
 1991 An Actor's Life for Me (TV Series)
Desmond Shaw
- Not Suitable for Parents (1991) ... Desmond Shaw
- Night of the Living Dead (1991) ... Desmond Shaw
- May the Farce Be with You (1991) ... Desmond Shaw
- Fathers and Sons (1991) ... Desmond Shaw
- I Can Do That (1991) ... Desmond Shaw
 1991 Paul Merton: The Series (TV Series)
Soldier
- Episode #1.6 (1991) ... Soldier
 1991 Singles (TV Series)
Louie
- To Russia with Love (1991) ... Louie
 1990 Romeo.Juliet
Tybalt / Benvolio (voice)
 1990 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Dr. Gachet
- Van Gogh (1990) ... Dr. Gachet
 1990 The Krays
Mr. Lawson
 1989 Mike + the Mechanics: A Closer Look (Video)
Club Owner (video 'All I Need Is A Miracle')
 1989 The Paradise Club (TV Series)
Elliot Rossini
- Family Favours (1989) ... Elliot Rossini
 1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTed (TV Series)
Texas Pete
- Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere (1989) ... Texas Pete (voice)
- We Got Nutninkhamun (1989) ... Texas Pete (voice)
- Texas Is Mine (1989) ... Texas Pete (voice)
- The Mysticetae Mystery (1989) ... Texas Pete (voice)
- Knox Knox, Who's There? (1989) ... Texas Pete (voice)
 1988 Bad Boyes (TV Series)
Inspector Oiseau
- Boulogne - Part 2 (1988) ... Inspector Oiseau
- Boulogne - Part 1 (1988) ... Inspector Oiseau
 1988 The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (TV Movie)
Herman Van Daan
 1986 Under the Cherry Moon
The Jaded Three #1
 1986 Mike + the Mechanics: All I Need Is a Miracle (Music Video)
Restaurant Owner
 1986 Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show (TV Series)
Captain Squint
- Episode #3.4 (1986) ... Captain Squint
- Episode #3.3 (1986) ... Captain Squint
- Episode #3.2 (1986) ... Captain Squint
- Episode #3.1 (1986) ... Captain Squint
 1983-1986 SuperTed (TV Series)
Texas Pete
- SuperTed Goes Round the Bend (1986) ... Texas Pete (voice)
- SuperTed in Chinatown (1986) ... Texas Pete (voice)
- SuperTed and the Rattlesnake (1986) ... Texas Pete (voice)
- SuperTed and Tex's Magic Spell (1986) ... Texas Pete (voice)
- SuperTed and Mother Nature (1986) ... Texas Pete (voice)
 1986 Sins (TV Mini Series)
Susumu
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Susumu
 1979-1984 Kelly Monteith (TV Series)
- Episode #6.4 (1984)
- Episode #5.3 (1983)
- Episode #4.5 (1982)
- Episode #3.3 (1981)
- Episode #2.4 (1980)
 1984 Mistral's Daughter (TV Mini Series)
Bianchi
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Bianchi
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Bianchi
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Bianchi
 1984 Danger: Marmalade at Work (TV Series)
Chef Robo
- Marmalade and Chef Robo (1984) ... Chef Robo
 1983 Sweet Sixteen (TV Series)
Ken Green
- Episode #1.6 (1983) ... Ken Green
- Episode #1.4 (1983) ... Ken Green
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Ken Green
 1978-1983 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Trivelin / Hatch
- Infidelities (1983) ... Trivelin
- The Sea (1978) ... Hatch
 1980 Time of My Life (TV Series)
Vittorio
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Vittorio
 1980 Bernie (TV Series)
- Episode #2.5 (1980)
 1979 The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (TV Movie)
Mr. Tumnus (voice)
 1979 Take My Wife... (TV Series)
Maurie Watkins
- Episode #1.6 (1979) ... Maurie Watkins
- Episode #1.5 (1979) ... Maurie Watkins
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Maurie Watkins
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Maurie Watkins
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Maurie Watkins
 1979 Jackanory Playhouse (TV Series)
Paul T. Guest
- The Magic Poltergeist (1979) ... Paul T. Guest
 1978 Paul McCartney & Wings: London Town (Music Video short)
 1978 Welsh Triple Bill (TV Mini Series)
George
- George (1978) ... George
 1977 Fiona
Duncan
 1977 Some Like It Cool
The Prefect
 1976 Fred Basset (TV Series) (voice, as Victor Spinnetti)
 1976 When Santa Rode the Prairie (TV Movie)
The United States Cavalry Trooper
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Dr. Erich Strauss
 1976 Emily
Richard / Margaret's lover
 1975 Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done
Dick Deadeye (voice)
 1975 Cooper (TV Series)
Dr. Heindrich / Head Waiter
- Episode #1.5 (1975) ... Dr. Heindrich
- Episode 1.1 (1975) ... Head Waiter
 1975 Whodunnit? (TV Series)
Randel
- Worth Dying For (1975) ... Randel
 1975 The Return of the Pink Panther
Hotel Concierge
 1975 The Great McGonagall
Mr. Stewart / Second-Lieutenant Rotlo / Supposed John Brown / ...
 1974 The Little Prince
The Historian
 1973 Digby: The Biggest Dog in the World
Professor Ribart
 1973 Harriet's Back in Town (TV Series)
Aubrey Stokes
- Episode #1.50 (1973) ... Aubrey Stokes
- Episode #1.49 (1973) ... Aubrey Stokes
 1973 The 500 Pound Jerk (TV Movie)
Martin Bloore
 1971 Under Milk Wood
Mog Edwards
 1970 Defeat of the Mafia
Charles Agostino
 1969-1970 Two in Clover (TV Series)
Vic Evans
- Episode #2.6 (1970) ... Vic Evans
- Episode #2.5 (1970) ... Vic Evans
- Episode #2.4 (1970) ... Vic Evans
- Episode #2.2 (1970) ... Vic Evans
- Episode #2.1 (1970) ... Vic Evans
 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
Duke d'Escargot
 1969 All Star Comedy Carnival (TV Movie)
Vic Evans
 1968 The Biggest Bundle of Them All
Captain Giglio
 1967 Magical Mystery Tour (TV Movie)
Army Sergeant
 1967 The Taming of The Shrew
Hortensio
 1966 Is Paris Burning?
French priest (uncredited)
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
George
- Not for Just an Hour (1966) ... George
 1965 The Wild Affair
Quentin
 1965 Help!
Foot
 1964 Zero One (TV Series)
Roberto
- A Case of Charity (1964) ... Roberto
 1964 A Hard Day's Night
T.V. Director
 1964 Becket
French Tailor (uncredited)
 1963 Pierrots (Short)
Pierrot
 1963 Richard the Lionheart (TV Series)
Pierre
- The Heir of England (1963) ... Pierre
 1963 Stolen Hours
Freddy Cadogan - Party Guest (uncredited)
 1963 The Gentle Terror
Joe
 1963 Sparrows Can't Sing
Arnold
 1963 The Saint (TV Series)
Commissionaire
- The Romantic Matron (1963) ... Commissionaire
 1958 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Ensemble
- Expresso Bongo (1958) ... Ensemble
 1958 Behind the Mask
Minor Role (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Additional Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Self (49 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

He played Bensinger in Dick Vosburgh and Tony Macauley's musical, "Windy City" at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, England with Dennis Waterman, Anton Rodgers, Diane Langton, and Amanda Redman in the cast. Peter Wood was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Victor Spinnetti

Height:

5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Relatives:

Spinetti, Henry (sibling)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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. See more »

Trivia:

Appeared in the first three films of The Beatles (A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965) and Magical Mystery Tour (1967)). See more »

Nickname:

Vic

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