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Overview (4)

Born in Naples, Campania, Italy
Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameVincenzo Scognamiglio
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

He was honored twice off-Broadway with Distinguished Performance OBIE Award, first in 1960 for "Machinal" and again in 1969 for "Passing Through From Exotic Places." In 1972 he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a play for "Prisoner on 2nd Avenue." In 1979 he was nominated for Best Actor in a musical for "Ballroom." 1988 he was honored to be named the Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day Parade in New York City.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Vincent Gogliormella

Spouse (2)

Betty A Williams (5 August 1957 - 15 September 1989) ( her death) ( 6 children)
? (5 April 1949 - 13 May 1955) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (10)

Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1989.
In Brooklyn, New York, 16th Avenue (between Cropsey Avenue and Shore Parkway) has renamed Vincent Gardenia Boulevard to honor his memory. This is the block where he lived.
Won the 1972 Tony Award (New York City) for Featured 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".
Following his death, he was interred at Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.
Suffered a fatal heart attack at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Highly effective in choleric or exasperated roles, and noted on screen for his comic portrayals of New Yorkers, particularly in The Front Page (1974), or as Cher's father in Moonstruck (1987).
He was born in Naples, Italy, the son of Elisa (Ausiello) and Gennaro Gardenia Scognamiglio, an actor/manager. His family moved to the United States in 1922, settling in Brooklyn, where his father founded an Italian-language based acting troupe. Vincent first appeared on stage with this company at age five, playing a shoeshine boy. His first English-speaking stage role was in the 1955 Broadway play "In April Once".
Vincent Gardenia passed away on December 9, 1992, a month away from what would have been his 73rd birthday on January 7, 1993.
Was an honorary Chief of the NYC Emergency medical Service.
Appears in three Best Picture Oscar nominees: The Hustler (1961), Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Moonstruck (1987).

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