vito scotti was I think I'm right in saying in 4 columbos. Candidate for Crime,(as a tailor) Negative Reaction ( as a tramp) and Identity Crisis (as something else not sure)and Any Old port in a Storm (as a head waitor)
He is such a brilliant comic actor and very under used as only ever seen him in Columbo. A joy to watch him, especially as the tailor in Candidte for Crime, when he thinks Columbo is a customer when he is really just there to ask questions about Cashmere Jackets. Anyone seen him in anything else?
Along with a lot of other things, he was the baker of the wedding cake in THE GODFATHER.
Thanks I'll check that out
He was in 6 "Columbo" episodes, including the ones you mention as well as "Swan Song," which I believe is the one where he plays a funeral director trying sell his services to Columbo, and a later ABC episode, "Murder: A Self Portrait". For those of us of a certain age, Vito Scotti was that guy you knew you had seen a hundred times before, in seemingly every TV show, from "The Addams Family" to "The Twilight Zone", and he brought charm, humor and entertainment to every role. He was in some movies too, probably his career highlight being "The Godfather" role that Grant pointed out.
The most well known for me is the train engineer in Von Ryan's Express.
thanks. You sound like you are possibly the only person in the world who knows more about Columbo than me!
He was one of many Columbo actors to appear in Hogan's Heroes. He shared the role of Major Bonacelli with Hans Conried.
Other Columbo actors of note on Hogan's Heroes: Nita Talbot, Arlen Martel, Antoinette Bower, Bruce Kirby, Bernard Fox, Harold Gould, John Dehner, Larry Mann, Michael Fox, John Orchard and Jacques Aubuchon. Probably a few others too.
Yeah, I have way too much time on my hands. :)
It isn't a very well-liked science fiction film, but he plays a comic relief French cook in MASTER OF THE WORLD with Vincent Price. He does get a dramatic moment when he and the other crewmen refuse to leave Price's airship even though it's about to explode.
He also plays a nervous headwaiter in WHERE THE BOYS ARE. Which also has George Hamilton and Jack Kruschen, so that's three COLUMBO actors in it.
And he certainly was a great nervous head waiter in 'Port in a Storm' I think it was. Thanks.
Thanks for that. I'll look out for Hogans Heroes and spot columbo actors. You sound like you are possibly the only person in the world who knows more about columbo than me!
This is slightly off the subject of Vito Scotti, but, I have noticed that the 70's shows contained manyColumbo characters. I did a topic - Columbo characters in the Twilight Zone. I wonder if they shared with each other.:relaxed: :smile:
I have been watching "Kung Fu," and I have seen some. I remember two - Pat Morita (Houseboy - "Etude in Black") and Barbara Colby (Lilly La Santa - "Murder by the Book."). I know there were more, but I can't remember all of them off hand.
Thanks for that cindy. I'll have to keep a look out in other programmes. The trouble is with me I don't really watch much else besides Columbo. Maybe I need treatment of some kind! I did spot the ex-con taxi driver from 'Ashes to Ashes',who Columbo knows is hiding something, 'Eddie' I think. 'I don't wanna hurt you Eddie' Columbo says to him as he gets in his cab with a cigar going, much to Eddie's annoyance. Well this 'Eddie' is also a cowboy hat wearing cop, seen regularly in 'Murder She Wrote' with Angela Lansbury which we get constantly repeated here in UK.