Vito Scotti

Birthday: Jan 26, 1918
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
American character actor Vito Scotti may not be the living legend as described by his publicity packet, but he has certainly been one of the most familiar faces to bob up on small and large screens in the last five decades. Scotti's father was a vaudeville impresario, and his mother an opera singer; in fact, he was born while his mother was making a personal appearance in San Francisco. Launching his own career at seven with an Italian-language commedia del arte troupe in New York, Scotti picked up enough improvisational knowhow to develop a nightclub act. When the once-flourishing Italian theatre circuit began to fade after World War II, Scotti began auditioning for every job that came up -- whether he could do the job or not. Without his trademarked mustache, the diminuitive actor looked like a juvenile well into his thirties, and as such was cast in a supporting role as a timorous East Indian on the "Gunga Ram" segment of the '50s TV kiddie series Andy's Gang. Once the producers discovered that Scotti had mastered several foreign dialects, he was allowed to appear as a comic foil to Andy's Gang's resident puppet Froggy the Gremlin. In nighttime television, Scotti played everything from a murderous bank robber (on Steve Canyon) to a misplaced Japanese sub commander (on Gilligan's Island). He was indispensable to TV sitcoms: Scotti starred during the 1954 season of Life with Luigi (replacing J. Carroll Naish), then appeared as gesticulating Latin types in a score of comedy programs, notably The Dick Van Dyke Show (as eccentric Italian housepainter Vito Giotto) and The Flying Nun (as ever-suspicious Puerto Rican police captain Gaspar Fomento). In theatrical films, Scotti's appearances were brief but memorable. he is always greeted with appreciative audience laughter for his tiny bit as a restauranteur in The Godfather (1972); while in How Sweet it Is (1968) he is hilarious as a moonstruck chef, so overcome by the sight of bikini-clad Debbie Reynolds that he begins kissing her navel! Vito Scotti was still essaying dialect parts into the '90s.

Highest Rated Movies



87% Get Shorty Manager At Vesuvio's 1995
18% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Tailor 1993
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Brats Actor 1989
No Score Yet Columbo: Murder, A Self-Portrait Vito 1989
No Score Yet Stewardess School Carl Stromboli 1986
No Score Yet Chu Chu and the Philly Flash Vittorio 1981
18% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) Italian Delegate 1980
40% Herbie Goes Bananas Armando Moccia 1980
No Score Yet Geppetto's Music Shop Actor 1980
78% The Big Bus Barber 1976
No Score Yet The McCullochs Tony 1975
80% Herbie Rides Again Taxi Driver 1974
No Score Yet How to Seduce a Woman Bill 1974
No Score Yet The World's Greatest Athlete Sports Fan 1973
No Score Yet Napoleon and Samantha Clown Dimetri 1972
No Score Yet When the Legends Die Meo 1972
98% The Godfather Nazorine 1972
66% The Aristocats Italian Cat 1970
No Score Yet The Boatniks Pepe Galindo 1970
88% Cactus Flower Senor Sanchez 1969
75% Head I. Vitteloni 1968
No Score Yet The Secret War of Harry Frigg Col. Ferrucci 1968
No Score Yet How Sweet It Is! Cook 1968
No Score Yet The Caper of the Golden Bulls Francois Morel 1967
No Score Yet Warning Shot Designer 1967
45% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Federico 1966
No Score Yet Blindfold Michelangelo Vincenti 1965
89% Von Ryan's Express Italian Train Engineer 1965
No Score Yet The Pleasure Seekers Neighbor Man 1964
40% Rio Conchos Mexican Bandit 1964
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D. Maj. Alfredo Fortuno 1963
No Score Yet Dime With a Halo Doorman 1963
100% Two Weeks in Another Town Assistant Director 1962
No Score Yet The Explosive Generation Custodian 1961
No Score Yet Master of the World Topage 1961
No Score Yet Seventy Times Seven Actor 1961
88% Where the Boys Are Maitre D' 1960
No Score Yet Pay or Die Simonetti 1960
80% Party Girl Hotel Clerk 1958
60% Conquest of Space Sanella 1955
No Score Yet Conquest of Space Actor 1954
No Score Yet Sabaka Rama 1953
No Score Yet East Side, West Side Actor 1949
100% Criss Cross Track Usher 1949
92% Cry of the City Julio 1948


No Score Yet Mad About You
Paul's Tailor Antonio
  • 1995
No Score Yet Empty Nest
  • 1994
No Score Yet Northern Exposure
  • 1992
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
Dominic Vicenzo
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Columbo
  • 1989
  • 1975
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
Uncle Aldo Uncle Aldo Micelli
  • 1988
  • 1985
No Score Yet Happy Days
  • 1979
No Score Yet CHiPs
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
  • 1971
No Score Yet Get Smart
Prof. Dante Gino
  • 1970
  • 1965
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Indiana The Indian Torreon Savrin
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1967
  • 1965
No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
Maj. Bonacelli
  • 1969
No Score Yet The Monkees
  • 1967
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Beirut Chikhli
  • 1967
  • 1965
93% Batman
Maty Dee
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bewitched
  • 1966
  • 1965
90% Gilligan's Island
Balinkoff Japanese Sailor Dr. Boris Balinkoff
  • 1966
  • 1965
83% The Munsters
Voice of Caller Voice of Ancient Rome Reporter
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • 1966
  • 1963
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
Junkyard Manager Waiter
  • 1964
  • 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
Rudolpho Peddler
  • 1962
  • 1960
No Score Yet Bonanza
Leon Flores Pooch
  • 1961
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
Dino Firenzi