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  • Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies


    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.

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

    The New York-born 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.

    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 the United States' best character actors.

    Schiavelli 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.

    His books include "Many Beautiful Things," which was published in 2002 and is a compilation of recipes and anecdotes about his visits to Polizzi Generosa, the small hilltop town that was his grandparents' birthplace.

    "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.

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    Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

    awwww thats to bad. the guy was a great actor. he will be missed!

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    • #3
      Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

      He was only 57!!!!

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      • #4
        Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

        Awww... RIP Vincent. I really liked his work.



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        • #5
          Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

          Yeah, I was really saddened for some reason when I saw this news this morning. There is a special place in my heart for character actors. They add so much to films without the star status or recognition due.
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            Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

            I liked him in "Tommorrow Never Dies" with Pierce Brosnan, and "Ghost" Those for some reason really stand out to me. Sad, he really was a unique actor with a memorable face. Of Course Better Off Dead is my all time favorite with him. "Would it be Ok If I dated Beth?") As he tries to pick up on Lane Meyer's(John Cusack)Girlfriend.
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              Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

              He did "Moonlighting," too. the secretary's love interest.
              VS: "Are you in my class?"
              SP: "I am today."

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                Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

                This was the first story I ever wrote that made it to air last night on Fox 6 News! Yeahhhhh for me, sorry for Vincent.






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                • #9
                  Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

                  I didn't recognize his name, but I do remember his face. I agree, character actors are awesome. RIP.

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                    Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

                    Oh, ouch. My heart hurts. He's one of my favorite character actors EVER. I loved him in Ghost and A Little Princess and Better Off Dead. He was just one of those faces....you saw him and you felt comfortable....although he terrified me in Ghost. :lol:

                    Ouch.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

                      I JUST was looking at his IMDB bio. He is John Smallberries to me.

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                        Re: Actor Vincent Schiavelli from 'Ghost' and 'Fast Times' dies

                        Originally posted by sediment
                        He did "Moonlighting," too. the secretary's love interest.
                        VS: "Are you in my class?"
                        SP: "I am today."
                        They were married in real life.

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