Vincent Gardenia

Highest Rated: 100% Where's Poppa? (1970)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Super (1991)
Birthday: Jan 7, 1920
Birthplace: Not Available
During the '70s and '80s Vincent Gardenia was one of the most familiar character actors in film, television, and on the Broadway stage. Though viewers may not always have remembered his name, his sad eyes, hawk-nosed Italian-American face, short, stocky build, and distinctive often booming Brooklyn-accented voice and exaggerated gestures made him instantly recognizable. Gardenia was born Vincent Scognamiglio in Naples, Italy, but he was raised in New York from the age of two. Once in the Big Apple, his father founded an Italian-language theater troupe and it is with them that Gardenia learned his craft. When he was 14, Gardenia dropped out of school to become a full-time actor with the company. He was in the army during WWII; after his discharge he returned to work in his father's theater and in other Italian-American productions. Though he had played a bit part in the 1945 film The House on 92nd Street, Gardenia did not launch his real film career until he was in his mid-thirties and played his first major role in The Cop Hater (1958). Though most often cast as Italian-Americans or in simple ethnic roles, Gardenia was a versatile actor who could easily switch from comedic to dramatic roles in films of widely varying quality. Some of his best-known roles include that of a bartender in 1961 in The Hustler, and Dutch Schnell in Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) opposite Robert De Niro. The latter garnered Gardenia his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Gardenia's second nomination came in 1987 for his memorable portrayal of Cher's father in Moonstruck. The character actor was 70 when he played his final role in the Joe Pesci vehicle The Super (1991). Gardenia's considerable television work includes the soap opera Edge of Night, a regular role on All in the Family (during the 1973-1974 season), the short-lived series Breaking Away (1980-1981), and a semi-regular role on L.A. Law in 1990. He has also made numerous guest appearances. Gardenia died of heart failure in 1992 at the age of 70.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Reading Rainbow - Man's Best Friend Actor 2006
60% Hickey & Boggs Papadakis 2000
0% The Super Big Lou Kritski 1991
No Score Yet The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story Harry Pizer 1991
No Score Yet Age-Old Friends Michael Aylott 1989
33% Skin Deep Barney 1989
93% Moonstruck Cosmo Castorini 1987
90% Little Shop of Horrors Mushnik 1986
No Score Yet Odd Squad Actor 1986
No Score Yet Movers & Shakers Saul Gritz 1985
No Score Yet Brass Chief Mike Maldonato 1985
No Score Yet Dark Mirror Detective Al Church 1984
No Score Yet Kennedy: The Presidential Years Actor 1983
33% Death Wish II Det. Frank Ochoa 1982
40% The Last Flight of Noah's Ark Stoney 1980
No Score Yet Home Movies Dr. Byrd 1980
No Score Yet Firepower Frank Hull 1979
No Score Yet Marciano Al Weill 1979
89% Heaven Can Wait Lt. Krim 1978
No Score Yet The Big Racket Pepe 1977
No Score Yet Greased Lightning Sheriff Cotton 1977
No Score Yet The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery Big Daddy 1975
68% The Front Page Sheriff 1974
65% Death Wish Detective Frank Ochoa 1974
No Score Yet Lucky Luciano Il Colonello americano 1973
92% Bang The Drum Slowly Dutch Schnell 1973
50% Cold Turkey Mayor Wrappler 1971
56% Little Murders Mr. Newquist 1971
100% Where's Poppa? Coach Williams 1970
No Score Yet Jenny Mr. Marsh 1969
No Score Yet Mission Impossible Versus the Mob Actor 1968
No Score Yet The Third Day Preston 1965
No Score Yet A View from the Bridge Lipari 1962
98% The Hustler Bartender 1961
No Score Yet Parrish Gas Station Attendant 1961
No Score Yet Mad Dog Coll Dutch Schultz 1961
No Score Yet Murder, Inc. Lazlo 1960
No Score Yet Cop Hater Danny the Gimp 1958
50% The House on 92nd Street Trainee 1945


No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Frank Coleman
  • 1977
No Score Yet All in the Family
Frank Lorenzo Rempley
  • 1976
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet Kojak
Vince La Guardia
  • 1975
No Score Yet Maude
  • 1972
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Parma Vito Lugana
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet The Fugitive
  • 1967
No Score Yet The Monkees
  • 1967