February 18, 1908|
Omaha, Nebraska. U.S.
|Died||September 21, 1991
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Height||2 ft 11 in (89 cm)|
Angelo Salvatore Rossitto (February 18, 1908 – September 21, 1991) was an American actor. He had dwarfism and was 2'11" (89 cm) tall, and was often billed as Little Angie or Moe. Angelo first appeared 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 born in Omaha, Nebraska and 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, and his later film roles included appearances in Alex in Wonderland (1970), Brain of Blood (1971), Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971), Little Cigars (1973), and Fairy Tales (1978). 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 January 22, 2012.
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