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Victor Spinetti

Victor Sinetti (born Vittorio Giorgio Andre Spinetti) was a Welsh comedy actor, author and poet. He appeared in dozens of films and stage plays throughout his 50-year career, including the three 1960s Beatles films "A Hard Day's Night", "Help!" and "Magical Mystery Tour". Born in Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Wales, Spinetti was educated at Monmouth School and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, of which he became a Fellow. After various menial jobs, Spinetti pursued a stage career and was closely associated with Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in London, England. Among the productions were "Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be" and "Oh! What a Lovely War" (1963), which transferred to New York City and for which he won a Tony Award. Spinetti's film career developed simultaneously; his dozens of film appearances would include Zeffirelli's "The Taming of the Shrew", "Under Milk Wood", "The Return of the Pink Panther" and "Under the Cherry Moon". During his later career, Spinetti acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in such roles as Lord Foppington in "The Relapse" and the Archbishop in "Richard III", at Stratford-upon-Avon; and, in 1990, he appeared in "The Krays". In 2008 he appeared in a one-man show, "A Very Private Diary", which toured the UK as "A Very Private Diary ... Revisited!", recounting his life story. Spinetti was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and died of the disease in June 2012.


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Born:
Sep 2, 1933 In Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire, Wales
Movie/TV Credits:
23
First Appeared:
In the movie Sparrows Can't Sing 1963-03-26
Latest Project:
Series In the Beginning 2000-11-12
Known For
Filmography
Series In the Beginning Happatezoah, Pharaoh's Magician 2000-11-12
Movie Julie and the Cadillacs Cyril Wise 1999-01-01
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service Colonel Dupree 1999-11-21
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Attack of the Hawkmen Bragas / Major M 1995-10-08
Movie Romeo.Juliet Tybalt / Benvolio (voice) 1990-01-01
Movie The Krays Mr. Lawson 1990-04-27
Movie The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Herman Van Daan 1988-04-17
Movie Under the Cherry Moon The Jaded Three #1 1986-07-02
Series Take My Wife 1979-01-17
Movie The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Mr. Tumnus (voice) 1979-03-31
Movie Casanova & Co. The Prefect 1977-03-01
Movie Emily Richard Walker 1976-11-01
Movie Voyage of the Damned Dr. Erich Strauss 1976-12-22
Movie The Return of the Pink Panther Hotel Concierge 1975-05-21
Movie The Little Prince The Historian 1974-11-06
Movie Under Milk Wood Mog Edwards 1972-01-27
Movie A Promise of Bed 1970-07-10
Movie The Biggest Bundle of Them All Captain Giglio 1968-01-17
Movie The Taming of the Shrew Hortensio 1967-03-07
Movie Magical Mystery Tour Army Sergeant 1967-12-25
Movie Help! Prof. Foot 1965-07-29
Movie A Hard Day's Night TV Director 1964-07-07
Movie Sparrows Can't Sing Arnold 1963-03-26