Tito Vuolo

Highest Rated: 100% Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Lowest Rated: 33% The Racket (1951)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Very few people remember Tito Vuolo's name, but in more than 40 movies and dozens of television shows -- ranging from comedy to film noir -- the Italian-born actor graced audiences with his presence. With his thick accent, short stature, and open, honest features, Vuolo was for many years the epitome of the ethnically identifiable, usually genial Italian, at a time when such portrayals were routine and encouraged in cinema. He could play excitable or nervous in a way that stole a scene, or move through a scene so smoothly that you scarcely noticed him. Vuolo's movie career began in 1946 with an uncredited appearance as a waiter in Shadow of the Thin Man, and he quickly chalked up roles in two further crime movies, the film noir classics Michael Gordon's The Web and Henry Hathaway's Kiss of Death. He was also part of the cast of Dudley Nichols' Mourning Becomes Electra, RKO's disastrous attempt to bring serious theater to the screen, but much of Vuolo's work turned up in films of a grittier nature, such as Anthony Mann's T-Men and The Enforcer, directed by Bretaigne Windust and Raoul Walsh -- the latter film afforded Vuolo one of his most prominent roles in a plot, as the hapless cab driver whose witnessing (with his little girl) of a murder sets in motion a series of events that brings about a dozen murders and ultimately destroys an entire criminal organization. Vuolo's short, squat appearance could also be used to comical effect in a specifically non-ethnic context, as in King Vidor's The Fountainhead, when he turns up at the home of Dominique Francon (Patricia Neal), in place of the expected arrival of tall, lean Howard Roarke (Gary Cooper), in response to her calculated request for repairs to the stone-work in her home. And sometimes he just stole a scene with his finely nuanced use of his accent and an agitated manner, as in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House -- his character goes into an excruciatingly funny explanation to Cary Grant about why he has to blast part of the proposed building site ("Thas-a no rock -- thas-a ledge"). Baby boomers may also remember Vuolo from his role in the 1953 Adventures of Superman episode "My Friend Superman," in which he portrayed a well-meaning luncheonette owner whose claim that Superman is a personal friend of his sets in motion a plot to kidnap Lois Lane. Vuolo's final film appearance was in the Ray Harryhausen science fiction thriller 20 Million Miles to Earth, playing the police commissioner. The beloved character actor died of cancer in 1962. Published dates of birth on Vuolo vary by as much as 19 years (1873 or 1892), so he was either 70 years old or 89 years old at the time of his death.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Appointment with a Shadow Grocer 1957
80% 20 Million Miles to Earth Comisario of Police 1957
No Score Yet Dragstrip Girl Papa 1957
97% The Killing Actor 1956
No Score Yet Six Bridges to Cross Angie 1955
33% The Racket Tony 1951
No Score Yet The Raging Tide Barney Schriona 1951
No Score Yet The Great Caruso Pietro Toscano 1951
No Score Yet Up Front (Up Front with Mauldin) Tarantino 1951
88% The Enforcer Tony Vetto 1951
No Score Yet The Mating Season Industrialist 1951
No Score Yet The Man Who Cheated Himself Pietro Capa 1950
No Score Yet Between Midnight and Dawn Romano 1950
No Score Yet The Red Danube Italian Billposter 1949
38% The Great Gatsby Mavromichaelis 1949
83% The Fountainhead Worker 1949
80% House of Strangers Lucca 1949
No Score Yet Flamingo Road Pete Ladas 1949
No Score Yet The Luck of the Irish Greek Vendor 1948
86% Sorry, Wrong Number Albert 1948
82% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Mr. Zucca 1948
83% The Bishop's Wife Maggenti 1948
92% Cry of the City Papa Roma 1948
No Score Yet I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes Grocer 1948
100% Daisy Kenyon Dino 1947
100% T-Men Pasquale 1947
88% Kiss of Death Luigi 1947
No Score Yet The Web Emilio Canepa 1947
83% Shadow of the Thin Man Luis 1941

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Tony
  • 1953
  • 1952

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