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Victor Spinetti

  • Highest Rated: 98% A Hard Day's Night (1964)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969)
  • Birthday: Sep 2, 1933
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born to an Italian father and Welsh mother, actor/writer/director Victor Spinetti attended the College of Music and Drama at Cardiff. Following his debut at a 1953 concert party in Wales, Spinetti built up a solid reputation as a surefire laugh-getter in various theatrical revues and West End plays. In 1964, he won a Tony Award for his interpretation of the Drill Sergeant Major (his favorite part) in the London/Broadway musical hit Oh, What a Lovely War! That same year, Spinetti made an auspicious film bow as the neurotic TV director in The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night. Even funnier was his portrayal of mad scientist Doctor Foot ("With a ring like that I can--dare I say it?--rule the world...with the proper government grant") in the Fab Four's follow-up feature Help! Spinetti's association with the Beatles extended to his theatrical work when, in 1969, he adapted and directed a stage version of John Lennon's book In His Own Write. Other films blessed with Spinetti's presence include Taming of the Shrew (1967), Start the Revolution Without Me (1970), Under a Cherry Moon (1986) and The Krays (1990). In addition to his many theatrical directing assignments, Spinetti has kept busy as a cartoon voiceover artist for such projects as the droll TV weekly Superted. When asked in 1980 if he had any hobbies, Victor Spinetti listed "Writing, talking and occasionally listening."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour Memories Narrator 2008
No Score Yet The Beatles: Love Me Do Actor 2003
No Score Yet In the Beginning Pharaoh's Magician 2000
86% The Krays Mr. Lawson 1990
No Score Yet The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Actor 1988
34% Under the Cherry Moon The Jaded Three 1986
No Score Yet Sex on the Run The Prefect 1977
No Score Yet Hardcore Actor 1977
89% Voyage of the Damned Dr. Strauss 1976
89% The Return of the Pink Panther Concierge 1975
No Score Yet The Great McGonagall Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Little Prince The Historian 1974
No Score Yet Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World Prof. Ribart 1973
60% Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood Mog Edwards 1973
83% Start The Revolution Without Me Duke D'Escargot 1970
33% Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? A Critic 1969
No Score Yet The Biggest Bundle of Them All Captain Giglio 1968
62% Magical Mystery Tour Actor 1967
86% The Taming of the Shrew Hortensio 1967
88% Help! Prof. Foot 1965
98% A Hard Day's Night Television Director 1964
75% Becket French Tailor 1964
No Score Yet Sparrows Can't Sing Arnold 1963

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Army Sergeant
  • 2012
No Score Yet New Tricks
2003-2013
Binky

QUOTES FROM Victor Spinetti CHARACTERS

Ahme
From this day it is the RING.
Ahme
This will make his finger shrink a little.
Themselves
Where are you Paul? This is his best suit. [Lennon] (Paul just got shrunk by a syringe shot in the leg).
Themselves
Where are you Paul? This is his best suit. [Lennon] [Paul just got shrunk by a syringe shot in the leg]
Themselves
It's ME! (Lennon being strangled by George)
Themselves
It's ME! [Lennon being strangled by George]
Prof. Foot
British you see, useless. {his gun failed to shoot}
Prof. Foot
British you see, useless. [his gun failed to shoot]
Prof. Foot
Its the brain drain, his brain is draining [the assistant does another stupid thing]
Prof. Foot
It's the brain drain, his brain is draining. [the assistant does another stupid thing]