Angelo Rossitto in Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
February 18, 1908|
|Died||September 21, 1991
Los Angeles, California
Angelo Salvatore Rossitto (18 February 1908 – 21 September 1991) was an American actor of Italian descent. He had dwarfism and was 2'11" (89 cm) tall, and was often billed as Little Angie or Moe. 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, villians 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).
- "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
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