Henry Armetta

Henry Armetta

  • Highest Rated: 100% Imitation of Life (1934)
  • Lowest Rated: 56% In Old Arizona (1928)
  • Birthday: Jul 4, 1888
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in Italy, Henry Armetta stowed away on an American-bound boat in 1902. While employed as a pants-presser at New York's Lambs Club, Armetta befriended Broadway star Raymond Hitchcock, who secured Armetta a small role in his stage play A Yankee Consul. A resident of Hollywood from 1923, the hunch-shouldered, mustachioed Armetta gained fame in the 1930s in innumerable roles as excited, gesticulating Italians. Often cast as barbers or restaurateurs, Armetta was so popular that he was frequently awarded with extraneous bit roles that were specially written for him (vide 1933's Lady for a Day). Laurel and Hardy fans will remember Armetta as the flustered innkeeper who is kept awake nights trying to emulate Laurel's "kneesie-earsie-nosie" game in The Devil's Brother (1933). In the late 1930s, Armetta was briefly starred in a series of auto-racing films, bearing titles like Road Demon and Speed to Burn. He also headlined several short-subject series, notably RKO's "Nick and Tony" comedies of the early 1930s. Henry Armetta died of a sudden heart attack shortly after completing his scenes in 20th Century-Fox's A Bell for Adano (1945).

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No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour) Jimmy Economy 1946
No Score Yet A Bell for Adano Errante 1945
62% Anchors Aweigh Hamburger Man 1945
No Score Yet Penthouse Rhythm Joe 1945
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Barber 1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Angelo 1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
67% The Big Store Giuseppe 1941
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish Tony 1940
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny Nick 1939
No Score Yet I Stole A Million Actor 1939
No Score Yet Fisherman's Wharf Beppo 1939
No Score Yet Boss Foreman Actor 1939
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol Luigi 1938
No Score Yet Everybody Sing Signor Vittorino 1938
No Score Yet Manhattan Merry-Go-Round Spadoni 1937
No Score Yet Make a Wish Moreta 1937
No Score Yet The Crime of Dr. Forbes Luigi 1937
No Score Yet Top of the Town Maestro Bacciagalluppi 1937
No Score Yet The Show Goes On Actor 1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven Actor 1937
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl Tony, Organ Grinder 1936
No Score Yet Let's Sing Again Joe Pasquale 1936
No Score Yet Magnificent Obsession Tony 1935
No Score Yet Night Life of the Gods Roigi 1935
No Score Yet After Office Hours Italian 1935
No Score Yet Three Kids and a Queen Tony Orsatti 1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Reclaimed His Head Laurent 1934
100% Imitation of Life Painter 1934
78% The Merry Widow Turk 1934
No Score Yet Wake Up and Dream Cellini 1934
71% One Night of Love Cafe Proprietor 1934
No Score Yet Gift of Gab Janitor 1934
No Score Yet Hideout Louis Shuman 1934
No Score Yet Kiss and Make-Up Chairman of Banquet 1934
63% Viva Villa! Mendoza Brother 1934
88% The Black Cat Sergeant 1934
No Score Yet The Cat and the Fiddle Taxi driver 1934
No Score Yet Laughing at Life Fruit Vendor 1933
No Score Yet The Devil's Brother Matteo 1933
No Score Yet The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble Captain Silva 1933
No Score Yet What! No Beer? Tony 1933
No Score Yet So This Is Africa Street Cleaner 1933
No Score Yet They Just Had to Get Married Tony 1932
93% A Farewell to Arms Bonello 1932
No Score Yet Uptown New York Restaurant Keeper 1932
No Score Yet Speak Easily Tony 1932
No Score Yet Week-Ends Only Washroom Attendant 1932
No Score Yet The Doomed Battalion Angelo 1932
No Score Yet Huddle Mr. Armatto 1932
100% Scarface Pietro 1932
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Sheriff's Man 1932
No Score Yet The Passionate Plumber Bouncer 1932
No Score Yet Forbidden Actor 1932
No Score Yet Prosperity Barber 1932
No Score Yet Hat Check Girl Water Wagon Driver 1932
No Score Yet The Unholy Garden Nick the Goose 1931
No Score Yet New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford Henry - Barber (uncredited) 1931
No Score Yet Five and Ten Taxi Driver 1931
No Score Yet Strangers May Kiss Waiter 1931
No Score Yet Laughing Sinners Tony the Chef 1931
No Score Yet Romance Beppo 1930
No Score Yet The Sins of the Children Tony 1930
No Score Yet The Trespasser Barber 1929
No Score Yet Jazz Heaven Tony 1929
56% In Old Arizona Barber 1928
No Score Yet Street Angel Mascetto 1928
100% Seventh Heaven (1927) Actor 1927


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