Angelo Rossitto

Angelo Rossitto

Highest Rated: 86% The Baron of Arizona (1950)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Feb 18, 1908

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Standing only 2'11" tall, Angelo Rossitto was one of cinema's busiest dwarf actors. Yet he never gave up his Hollywood Boulevard pitch and returned to selling newspapers whenever acting work dried up. Indeed, he became such a familiar figure in Los Angeles that he ran for mayor in 1941, two years after he founded the Little People of America organization. In the silent era, Rossitto teamed with John Barrymore in "The Beloved Rogue" and Lon Chaney in "While the City Sleeps." Yet, despite playing Angeleno in Tod Browning's contentious 1932 horror, "Freaks," Rossitto often went uncredited for roles in such notable features as Cecil B. DeMille's "The Sign of the Cross," Harry Lachman's "Dante's Inferno," and William Dieterle and Max Reinhardt's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." He similarly received no on-screen notice for playing Shirley Temple's stand-in in several mid-1930s outings. Surviving further controversy after playing Angelo in Harry Revier's 1938 underage marriage saga "Child Bride," Rossitto teamed with Bela Lugosi on a trio of B movies between 1941 and 1947: "Spooks Run Wild"; "The Corpse Vanishes"; and "Scared to Death." Besides reunions with DeMille on "Samson and Delilah" and "The Greatest Show on Earth," Rossitto cropped up (mostly unbilled) over the next three decades in pictures as diverse as "Carousel," "Invasion of the Saucer Men," and "Dracula vs Frankenstein," as well as such 1970s TV shows as "H.R. Pufnstuf," "Lidsville," and "Baretta." He retired in 1986, a year after playing Master while almost blind in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome."

Highest rated movies

The Baron of Arizona
Carousel
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Scared to Death
Dracula vs. Frankenstein

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
80% 49% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome The Master (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 20% The Clones Man at Phone Booth (Character) - 1974
0% 25% Dracula vs. Frankenstein Grazbo the Evil Dwarf (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mongo's Back in Town Trembles (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 24% The Creature's Revenge Dorro (Character) - 1971
83% 61% Carousel Midget (uncredited) (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 17% The Mesa of Lost Women Dwarf Lab Assistant (Character) - 1953
86% 69% The Baron of Arizona Angie (Character) - 1950
63% 17% Scared to Death Indigo (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 29% The Corpse Vanishes Toby (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 38% Spooks Run Wild Luigi (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 38% Mr. Wong in Chinatown Mute Dwarf (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 25% Old San Francisco Chang Loo (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet 73% The Beloved Rogue Beppo - the Dwarf (Character) - 1927

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Character) 1978
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967