Tony Rosato

Tony Rosato

Highest Rated: 62% Switching Channels (1988)

Lowest Rated: 25% Mystery Date (1991)

Birthday: Dec 26, 1954

Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Antonio Rosato was born Dec. 26, 1954 in Naples, Italy, and grew up between several cities in Canada, predominantly Toronto. Rosato attended the University of Toronto with an initial focus on chiropractic medicine; during his time at school, Rosato discovered improvisational comedy by way of the renowned international comedy troupe The Second City. After getting involved with the organization in 1979, Rosato dropped out of school to pursue comedy full-time. He was enlisted to join the ensemble cast of the troupe's affiliated television program SCTV (Global/CBC/Superchannel 1976-1984) in 1980, and moved to New York City to join the cast of Saturday Night Live (NBC 1975-) the following year. During his time on the series, Rosato demonstrated impressions of a wide array of characters, most prominently a lampooning of Ed Asner's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS 1970-77) character Lou Grant. That said, Rosato's tenure on "Saturday Night Live" lasted only the one season, as he left the program upon the arrival of new showrunner Dick Ebersol. After "Saturday Night Live," Rosato found work in a number of films, television series, and TV movies, notably the crime drama program "Night Heat" (CTV 1985-89). In the 1990s, Rosato began finding work as a voice actor, portraying the famous Nintendo character Luigi in the animated series "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3" (NBC 1991) and "Super Mario World" (NBC 1991), and playing characters on "The Busy World of Richard Scarry" (Showtime/Nick Jr 1994-97) and "Pelswick" (CBC/Nickelodeon 2000-02), all the while continuing to play small parts in live action productions. In 2003, Rosato married Leah Murray, who accused him of harassment two years later following what would later be recognized as an episode of the mental disorder Capgras delusion. After refusing to plead insanity, Rosato was jailed for two years and then moved to a psychiatric hospital, from which he was discharged in 2009. Following this stint, Rosato returned to acting, appearing in films like "Real Gangsters" (2013), and "The Big Fat Stone" (2014), and "No Deposit" (2015). Rosato died on Jan. 10, 2017 following a heart attack.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 56% It Was You Charlie Gus (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Doctor Det. Ralph Disanti (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mafia Doctor Det. Ralph Disanti (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 57% You Belong to Me Ernie (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 20% In the Doghouse Tom Cheehak (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming Unglued Marty (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 60% The Haunting of Lisa Dr. Perry Azzaro (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kissinger and Nixon Charles Colson (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 42% Rent-a-Kid Cliff Haber (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Good Fight Philip Brown (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain N And The New Super Mario World Unknown (Character) - 1991
25% 41% Mystery Date Sharpie (Character) $6M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Defense of a Married Man Frank Ticelli (Character) - 1990
62% 32% Switching Channels Joker (Character) $8.2M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet City of Shadows Rosie (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hog Wild Bull (Character) - 1980

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pelswick Quentin Eggert (Voice) 2000-2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doc Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 54% Relic Hunter Unknown (Guest Star) 1999-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet George and Martha Unknown (Voice) 1999-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Due South Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 83% The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Luigi (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diamonds Unknown (Character) 1987-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Heat Unknown (Character) 1985-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amanda's Aldo (Character) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Unknown (Character) 1981-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Carlos Verduga (Guest Star)

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