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Henry Armetta



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 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 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 The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
  • Laurent
1934
100% Imitation of Life
  • Painter
1934
88% The Merry Widow
  • Turk
1934
No Score Yet Wake Up and Dream
  • Cellini
1934
60% 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
80% Viva Villa!
  • Mendoza Brother
1934
87% 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 They Just Had to Get Married
  • Tony
1932
92% 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 The Unholy Garden
  • Nick the Goose
1931
No Score Yet New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford
  • Henry - Barber (uncredited)
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
56% In Old Arizona
  • Barber
1928
No Score Yet Street Angel
  • Mascetto
1928
100% Seventh Heaven (1927)
  • Actor
1927

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