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Job Actor
Years active 1945-1991
Known for Forehead-mopping police chiefs, Mafia bosses, city officials
Top Roles Bartender, Bit part, German Spy Trainee, Lazlo, Krim
Top GenresDrama, Crime, Romance, Sports, Film Noir, Mystery
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Slapstick, Gangsters
Top Collaborators , , , (Director)
Shares birthday with Adolph Zukor, Butterfly McQueen, Terry Moore  see more..

Vincent Gardenia Overview:

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).



Although Gardenia was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1973Best Supporting ActorBang the Drum Slowly (1973)Dutch SchnellNominated
1987Best Supporting ActorMoonstruck (1987)Cosmo CastoriniNominated

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Vincent Gardenia Facts
He is interred in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.

Suffered a fatal heart attack at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel in Philadelphia.

Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1989

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