Angelo Rossitto

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Angelo Rossitto
Johnny Eck-Angelo Rossitto in Freaks.jpg
Angelo Rossitto, right, aged 24 in Tod Browning's Freaks. Fellow performer Johnny Eck is on the left.
Born (1908-02-18)February 18, 1908
Omaha, Nebraska
Died September 21, 1991(1991-09-21) (aged 83)
Los Angeles, California

Angelo Salvatore Rossitto (18 February 1908 – 21 September 1991) was an American actor. He had dwarfism and was 2'11" (89 cm) tall, and was often billed as Little Angie or Moe.[1] Angelo appeared firstly in silent films opposite Lon Chaney and John Barrymore. On screen he portrayed everything from dwarfs, midgets, gnomes and pygmies as well as monsters, villains and aliens.

Rossitto was discovered by John Barrymore and made his screen debut opposite Barrymore in The Beloved Rogue (1927). That same year he appeared in Warner Brother's Old San Francisco which starred Barrymore's soon to be wife Dolores Costello. He appeared in the then controversial 1932 film Freaks directed by Tod Browning. He appeared in another controversial film, 1938's Child Bride. During the 1940s, he appeared in several poverty row movies starring Bela Lugosi. He appeared frequently in television series and mini-series, particularly best known for the police drama Baretta. His last major role was as "Master" opposite Mel Gibson in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).

Rossito appeared alongside singer/songwriter Tom Waits and Lee Kolima on the cover art of Waits' 1983 album Swordfishtrombones, which paid homage to his performance in Freaks.

He was of Italian descent.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 

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