Job Actor
Years active 1945-1991
Known for Forehead-mopping police chiefs, Mafia bosses, city officials
Top Roles Bartender, Lazlo, Bit part, German Spy Trainee, Preston
Top GenresDrama, Crime, Romance, Sports, Film Noir, Mystery
Top TopicsBook-Based, Football (American), Satire
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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 .

MINI BIO: 

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:

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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
Won the 1972 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" and was nominated for the 1979 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Ballroom".

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

In Brooklyn, NY, 16th Avenue (between Cropsey Avenue & Shore Parkway) has renamed Vincent Gardenia Blvd. to honor his memory. This is the block where he lived.

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