Character actor, Vincent Gardenia, was born Vincenzo Scognamiglio on Jan 7, 1920 in Naples, Italy. Gardenia died at the age of 72 on Dec 9, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania .
Vincent Gardenia was a bulky, full-faced Italian-born actor, usually seen as the forehead-mopping police chief, Mafia boss or city official. He started acting at five years old with his father's Italian theatre in Manhattan, but didn't get a foothold in films until he was nearly 50, around the same time as he received a Tony for "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" on stage. He is probably best known as the detective trying to keep tabs on Charles Bronson in the "Death Wish" film.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Although Gardenia was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.
|1973||Best Supporting Actor||Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)||Dutch Schnell||Nominated|
|1987||Best Supporting Actor||Moonstruck (1987)||Cosmo Castorini||Nominated|