Vincent Gardenia was born this day in Naples in 1920. He changed his name to Gardenia (why? Scognamiglio is such a cool name). He had a small role in The Hustler in 1961

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He was in a Billy Wilder classic – The Front Page

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The Front Page

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Then Death Wish made people look at him differently.

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Robert de Niro played a dying baseball star in 1973 with Gardenia and Michael Moriarty

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He starred in Enzo Castellari’s superb Great Racket in 1976. Heaven Can Wait in 78, Dath Wish II in 82. He played a very convincing J.Edgar Hoover in the TV series Kennedy in 1983 with Martin Sheen as JFK.

He was Mushnik in Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors in 1986

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Plant

A stint in LA Law , then Moonstruck in 1987

Moonstruck

Vincent Gardenia Gravestone

A great character actor. One who always enhanced the movies he was in.

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