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Vito Scotti

Highest Rated:   100% Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
86% Get Shorty
  • Manager At Vesuvio's
1995
15% 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
19% 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
99% The Godfather
  • Nazorine
1972
66% The Aristocats
  • Italian Cat
1970
No Score Yet The Boatniks
  • Pepe Galindo
1970
87% 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
40% 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
86% 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

Quotes from Vito Scotti's Characters