Robert Rietti

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Robert Rietti (born 8 February 1923), usually credited as Robert Rietty, is an English actor and director of Italian heritage. Born of Italian heritage, Lucio Rietti was “discovered” at the age of 8 by his father Vittorio (Vittorio Rietti, veteran actor of the stage and screen) who noticed the boy had completely memorised a copy of a script he had given Lucio having wanted help from his son while rehearsing his lines for a play. Vittorio had Lucio join his own acting school (which turned out students such as Ida Lupino). Hollywood mogul David O. Selznick, having seen the boy perform, tried to sign him to an extended contract with his studio but, being so young, strict schooling laws of the time forced him to decline the offer. He was handpicked by Alfred Hitchcock for Secret Agent (1936), but again turned down the part. Eventually his father managed to work around these laws and under the name Bobby Rietti he became one of the most popular child actors of the 1930s, making over 22 films before having turned 10 years of age.
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