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Posted: 12/26/2005 10:10:40 AM EDT
from:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051226/ap_on_en_mo/obit_schiavelli

Character Actor Vincent Schiavelli Dies

By MARIA SANMINIATELLI,
Associated Press Writer
17 minutes ago



ROME - Vincent Schiavelli, the droopy-eyed character actor who appeared in scores of movies, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Ghost," died Monday at his home in Sicily. He was 57.



American actor Vincent Schiavelli listens to a question during a press conference at the Locarno film festival, Saturday, Aug.16, 2003. Schiavelli, who had movie roles in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Ghost,' died at his home in Sicily early Monday, officials said. He was 57. The New York-born actor died of lung cancer, said Salvatore Glorioso, the mayor of Polizzi Generosa, the Sicilian village where Schiavelli lived. Schiavelli, whose gloomy, droopy-eyed look made him perfect to play creepy or eccentric characters, has more than 120 film and television appearances to his name, according to the Internet Movie Database. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

He died of lung cancer, said Salvatore Glorioso, mayor of Polizzi Generosa, the Sicilian village where Schiavelli resided.


Schiavelli, whose gloomy look made him perfect to play creepy or eccentric characters, made appearances in some 150 film and television productions, according to the Internet Movie Database.

In "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," he played the science teacher Mr. Vargas, who was married to the character portrayed by Lana Clarkson. (Rock producer Phil Spector is accused of killing Clarkson at his mansion in 2003.)



Schiavelli also appeared as Salieri's valet in "Amadeus," as "Cuckoo's Nest" patient Frederickson, the subway ghost in "Ghost," the organ grinder in "Batman Returns," and as Chester in "The People vs. Larry Flynt." He was selected in 1997 by Vanity Fair as one of America's best character actors.

Schiavelli, who was born and raised in New York, studied acting at New York University's School of the Arts.

He also wrote three cookbooks and many food articles for magazines and newspapers, possibly inheriting his love for cooking from his grandfather, who had been a cook for an Italian baron before moving to the United States, according to IMDB.

"He was a great friend, a great chef and a great talker," Glorioso, who has known Schiavelli for almost four years, said in a telephone interview.

"With a smooth, witty conversation, he would make everything look more colorful. I've lost a brother," he said.

Schiavelli also had worked in Italy, including in 2001 when he directed a theater piece in Sicily based on nine fables.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday in Polizzi Generosa, Glorioso said.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:20:31 AM EDT
Man, that guy was cool. That sucks.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:23:34 AM EDT
He was funny on Barney Miller. Too bad he's gone.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:24:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:
Man, that guy was cool. That sucks.



Yeah.

I saw the name and thought "Who?" Until the first pic loaded. I always liked his characters.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:27:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bumblebee_Bob:

Originally Posted By mattja:
Man, that guy was cool. That sucks.



Yeah.

I saw the name and thought "Who?" Until the first pic loaded. I always liked his characters.



+1
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 2:23:46 PM EDT
Seems like he was in a Burt Reynolds flick too, "Sharky's Machine", perhaps????

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 2:27:00 PM EDT
Gnarley!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 2:38:53 PM EDT
And so it goes.


efxguy
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 2:39:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 2:40:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 2:50:03 PM EDT by cmjohnson]
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:26:01 PM EDT
Always liked his characters.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:39:02 PM EDT
IMDB bio:

Bio

Merlin
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 5:56:04 PM EDT
His cooking show, Chefs of Cucina Amore, was pretty cool too - sad he die so young.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 5:58:46 PM EDT
he tried to kill 007 with a P7 don't remember which movie though
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