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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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Sep 2, 1933 In Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire, Wales
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Gentle Terror 1961-01-01
Latest Project:
Series Fred Basset 2018
Known For
Poster of Take My Wife
Poster of Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done
Poster of I Think They Call Him John
Poster of The Gentle Terror
Series Harry and the Wrinklies Unknown 2018
Series Fred Basset 2018
Series New Tricks Unknown 2003-03-27
Series High Hopes Unknown 2002-10-02
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 Boobs in the Wood Triar Fuck (as Victor Spineti) 1999-06-14
Movie You Can't Do That! The Making of 'A Hard Day's Night' Himself 1995-01-01
Movie The Princess and the Goblin Glump 1992-12-18
Series Paul Merton: The Series Unknown 1991-09-25
Series An Actor's Life For Me 1991-11-14
Movie The Krays Mr. Lawson 1990-04-27
Series The Further Adventures of SuperTed 1989-01-31
Movie The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Herman Van Daan 1988-04-17
Series Bad Boyes 1987-09-15
Movie Under the Cherry Moon 1986-07-02
Series Sweet Sixteen 1983-10-16
Series SuperTed Texas Pete 1982-11-01
Series Take My Wife 1979-01-17
Series 3-2-1 Unknown 1978-09-15
Movie Casanova & Co. The Prefect 1977-03-01
Movie Hardcore Duncan 1977-03-17
Movie Emily Richard Walker 1976-11-01
Movie The Return of the Pink Panther Hotel Concierge 1975-05-21
Movie Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done Dick Deadeye 1975-12-17
Movie The Little Prince The Historian 1974-11-06
Movie Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World Prof. Ribart 1973-12-01
Movie Under Milk Wood Mog Edwards 1972-01-27
Movie A Promise of Bed 1970-07-10
Movie Defeat of the Mafia Charles Agostino 1970-11-20
Movie Start the Revolution Without Me Duke d'Escargot 1970-08-14
Series Two in Clover 1969-02-18
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
Series Play of the Month Unknown 1965-10-19
Movie The Wild Affair Quentin 1965-12-05
Movie I Think They Call Him John Narrator (voice) 1964-06-01
Movie A Hard Day's Night TV Director 1964-07-06
Series The Saint Unknown 1962-10-04
Movie The Gentle Terror Joe 1961-01-01