Vincent Gardenia

Vincent Gardenia

Highest Rated: 98% The Hustler (1961)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Super (1991)

Birthday: Jan 7, 1920

Birthplace: Not Available

Paternal, sad-faced, character actor Vincent Gardenia, born Vincent Scognamiglio in Italy, specialized in Italian-American roles. At age two he moved with his family to New York where his father established an Italian-language theater company. Gardenia performed in the company, and at age 14 he left school to devote more time to it and continued to appear with the company until 1960. Because he was very active in New York's Italian theatrical community, he did not begin his film career until he was in his mid-'30s; he debuted onscreen in Cop Hater (1958) and within a few years gained a reputation as a top-notch character actor. Gardenia went on to a busy screen career in the early '60s, but then tapered off, appearing only once until 1970 when he resumed his career. He has also had a busy and successful Broadway career, winning several Obies and a Tony Award for his work in The Prisoner of Second Avenue. Vincent Gardenia has twice received "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar nominations for Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and Moonstruck (1987).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Reading Rainbow - Man's Best Friend Actor 2006
67% 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
38% 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 Fire Sale Benny 1977
No Score Yet Greased Lightning Sheriff Cotton 1977
No Score Yet The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery Big Daddy 1975
70% The Front Page Sheriff 1974
67% Death Wish Detective Frank Ochoa 1974
No Score Yet Lucky Luciano Il Colonello americano 1973
92% Bang The Drum Slowly Dutch Schnell 1973
60% Cold Turkey Mayor Wrappler 1971
67% Little Murders Mr. Newquist 1971
90% 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
Harry 1985
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Frank Coleman 1977
No Score Yet All in the Family
Frank Lorenzo Rempley 1976
No Score Yet Kojak
Vince La Guardia 1975
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Guest 1975
No Score Yet Maude
Judge 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
Roy Faber 1968
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Parma Vito Lugana 1968
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Gibbs 1967
No Score Yet The Monkees
Bruno 1967


Loretta Castorini says: It's temporary!

Cosmo Castorini says: Everything is temporary!

Mr. Mushnik says: Listen Seymour. Just because you put a strange and interesting plant in the window doesn't mean that it'll bring customers!

1st Customer says: (Opens door) Excuse me, but I couldn't help but notice that strange and interesting plant in the window!

1st Customer says: [opens door] Excuse me, but I couldn't help but notice that strange and interesting plant in the window!

Cosmo Castorini says: Rose. Rose. Rose. Rose!

Loretta Castorini says: Who's dead?

Cosmo Castorini says: Nobody. Loretta's getting married.

Cosmo Castorini says: Nobody. Rose's getting married.

Loretta Castorini says: Again?