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Angelo Rossitto

Highest Rated:   94% Freaks (1932)
Lowest Rated:   31% The Trip (1967)
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Diminutive American actor Angelo Rossitto was a fixture in American movies for more than 50 years, usually in highly visible supporting and extra roles. Born Angelo Salvatore Rossitto, he entered movies in his teens during the height of the silent era, making his first known appearance in The Beloved Rogue, starring John Barrymore, in 1926. Standing less than four feet tall, with dark hair and a grim visage, and billed at various times as Little Angie, Little Mo, and Little Angelo, Rossitto was a natural for pygmies and circus dwarves, often of a sinister appearing nature; his presence could help "dress" a carnival set or the setting for a fantasy film. He played the dwarf Angeleno in Tod Browning's Freaks at MGM, a pygmy in Cecil B. DeMille's The Sign of the Cross at Paramount, and one of the Three Little Pigs in the Laurel & Hardy-starring vehicle Babes in Toyland. Off camera, he was also a stand-in for Shirley Temple in several of her films. Rossitto didn't become a well-known figure, even among movie cultists, until he went to work for Monogram Pictures during the early '40s, in a series of low-budget horror films and horror film spoofs starring Bela Lugosi, often cast in tandem with the Hungarian-born actor as a kind of double act. His presence added to the bizarre, threatening nature of the films and he became as well known to fans of these low-budget movies as Lugosi, George Zucco, or any of the other credited stars. His role in the first of those Monogram productions with Lugosi, Spooks Run Wild, also starring the East Side Kids, deliberately played off of Lugosi's and Rossitto's sinister seeming images. In between his Poverty Row Monogram productions, the actor fit in small parts at Universal, including Preston Sturges' The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, and he was one of the jesters tormenting the blinded Samson in DeMille's Samson and Delilah. Rossitto, along with his younger contemporaries Jerry Maren, Frank Delfino, and Billy Curtis, was one of Hollywood's busier little people in the years after World War II. Rossitto can be spotted in carnival scenes in Carousel, appeared as the smallest of the "Moon Men" in the low-budget Jungle Jim movie Jungle Moon Men, and played the leader of the aliens in the late-'50s sci-fi satire Invasion of the Saucer Men. Many of Rossitto's appearances were in roles without character names, constituting highly specialized, uncredited (but highly visible) extra work, and he may have been in as many as 200 movies.On television in the late '60s and early '70s, he portrayed a life-sized puppet in the series H.R. Pufnstuf and played a hat in Lidsville. Rossitto was a sideshow huckster in the cheap cult horror movie Dracula Vs. Frankenstein, and as late as the mid-'80s was seen in a small role in Something Wicked This Way Comes and in the featured role of the Master-Blaster in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Although work in 200 movies and television shows sounds like a lot, most of those appearances involved only a single day's or a single week's work, rather than full-time employment. He made his regular living from the 1930s through the 1960s at a newsstand in Hollywood just outside the gate of one of the studios; he joked that when he was needed for a film, they would simply pass the word directly to him on the street and he would report.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Fairy Tales
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet From a Whisper to a Scream
  • Carny Barker
1987
81% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  • The Master
1985
58% Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Little Person No. 1
1983
No Score Yet Fairy Tales
  • Otto
1979
No Score Yet The Clones
  • Emergency Room Physician
1973
No Score Yet The Creature's Revenge
  • Dorro
1972
No Score Yet Brain Damage
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Dracula vs. Frankenstein
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Alex in Wonderland
  • Fellini #1
1970
No Score Yet Pufnstuf
  • Seymore Spider / Clang
1970
31% The Trip
  • Dwarf in Forest Fantasy
1967
No Score Yet Terrified
  • Actor
1963
33% The Magic Sword
  • Dwarf
1962
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Angie
1961
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superpup
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Dwarf
1957
No Score Yet Daughter of Horror
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet Invasion of the Saucer Men
  • Saucer Man
1957
83% Carousel
  • Midget
1956
No Score Yet Dementia: Daughter of Horror
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Lost Women
  • Dwarf Lab Assistant
1953
No Score Yet Mad Wednesday
  • Midget
1951
86% The Baron of Arizona
  • Angie
1950
89% Sin of Harold Diddlebock
  • Midget
1947
63% Scared to Death
  • Indigo
1947
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman
  • Pygmy
1944
No Score Yet The Corpse Vanishes
  • Toby
1942
No Score Yet Spooks Run Wild
  • Luigi
1941
No Score Yet Doomed to Die
  • Newsboy
1940
No Score Yet Mr. Wong in Chinatown
  • Dwarf
1939
94% Freaks
  • Angeleno
1932
33% The Sign of the Cross
  • Pygmy
1932
No Score Yet Old San Francisco
  • Chang Loo
1927
No Score Yet The Beloved Rogue
  • Beppo
1927

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