Sep. 2nd, 1933
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
Victor Spinetti's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1990 - The Krays
1986 - Under the Cherry Moon
1977 - Casanova & Co.
1975 - The Return of the Pink Panther
1974 - The Little Prince
1973 - Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World
1970 - Start the Revolution Without Me
1967 - The Taming of the Shrew
1965 - Help!
1964 - Becket
1964 - A Hard Day's Night
Guest TV Roles
Texas Pete (Voiced)
Comic eccentric and gifted raconteur Victor Spinetti was born in Wales on September 2, 1933, the son of Giuseppe Spinetti and Lily (Watson) Spinetti. He was educated at Monmouth School. Initially interested in a teaching degree, he turned to acting instead and studied for the stage at the College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. A familiar stage presence in London's West End, his roles included "Expresso Bongo" with Paul Scofield (I) and Leonard Bernstein's "Candide." He also spent six years with Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. Noticed in some of his more important theater pieces such as "The Hostage," "Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be," "Henry IV, Parts I & II," and "Every Man in His Humour," his triumph in "Oh! What a Lovely War" led to Broadway and both the Tony and Theatre World awards. In the late 1960s, Victor co-starred in "The Odd Couple" with Jack Klugman when it toured London. A noted performer with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has been equally adept in theatre musicals, providing delicious villainy as Fagin in "Oliver!" and Captain Hook in "Peter Pan." A theatre director of both legit and musical plays as well, Victor's one man show "A Very Private Diary" has played all over the world. At age 70+, Victor is still quite active on stage, more recently playing Baron Bomburst in the musical version of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in 2003, and "The Merry Widow" in 2004. In 1960s film, Victor became a vital part of the "Beatlemania" phenomenon earning international recognition as he added to the insanity of three of The Beatles' cult vehicles: A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965) and their hour-long Magical Mystery Tour (1967) (TV). A TV favorite in England, he scored in many comedy series over the years. He is an excellent conversationalist and storyteller who has often extended his talents into writing.
- Toured America promoting his roles in the The Beatles' films when they were released on DVD.
- Won Broadway's 1965 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "Oh, What a Lovely War."
- Hiw award-winning stage work in "Oh! What a Lovely War" was caught by 'The Beatles' (qv) in 1963, who came back stage and asked Victor to appear in their movie _A Hard Day's Night (1964)_ (qv).
- 'George Harrison (I)' (qv) asked Victor to be in the Beatles first films because George's mother loved Victor's work and George said to Victor "Me mum will only go to see them if you're in them".
- Appeared in the first 3 Beatles Movies (_A Hard Day's Night (1964)_ (qv), _Help! (1965)_ (qv) and _Magical Mystery Tour (1967) (TV)_ (qv)).
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