Angelo Rossitto

Angelo Rossitto

Highest Rated: 95% Freaks (1932)

Lowest Rated: 0% Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)

Birthday: Feb 18, 1908

Birthplace: Not Available

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



No Score Yet Fairy Tales Actor 2008
No Score Yet From a Whisper to a Scream Carny Barker 1987
80% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome The Master 1985
60% 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
0% Dracula vs. Frankenstein Actor 1971
No Score Yet Alex in Wonderland Fellini #1 1970
No Score Yet Pufnstuf Seymore Spider / Clang 1970
39% The Trip Dwarf in Forest Fantasy 1967
No Score Yet Terrified Actor 1963
29% The Magic Sword Dwarf 1962
56% 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
60% 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
95% Freaks Angeleno 1932
43% 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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