Vito Scotti

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Vito G. Scotti (January 26, 1918 – June 5, 1996) was a veteran character actor who played many roles, primarily from the late-1940s to the mid-1990s. He was known as a man of a thousand faces, for his ability to assume so many divergent roles in more than 200 screen roles, in a nearly 50 year career. He was known for his resourceful portrayals of various ethnic types. Born of Italian heritage, he was seen playing everything from a Mexican bandit and Russian doctor, to a Japanese sailor. Though born in San Francisco in 1918, the Scotti family spent Vito's early years in Naples, Italy. By 1925, when the Scotti family returned to the U.S., his mother was a diva in the stage theatre in New York. It was in the Italian theatre, that Scotti developed his gift for farce, which was modeled after the Commedia dell'arte style of the Italian theatre. He worked the night club circuit as a stand-up magician and performed pantomime, finally breaking into movies and television by the early 1950s. His screen debut came in an uncredited role, playing a 'Mexican youth' in Illegal Entry (1949), with Howard Duff and George Brent.
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