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Vincent Scognamiglio (Vincent Gardenia), actor, born Naples Italy 7 January 1922, died Philadelphia Pennsylvania 9 December 1992.

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Feodor Chaliapin Jr, actor, died Rome 17 September, aged 87. Best known for his role as the dog-walking grandfather in the 1987 film Moonstruck, in which he played alongside Cher and Nicolas Cage. His career suddenly blossomed in his eighties when, after years of playing bit parts, he was offered the role of the monk, Jorge of Brugos, in The Name of the Rose (1986). Other films followed, including Stanley and Iris (1990), in which he played Robert de Niro's father, and Inner Circle starring Tom Hulce. Son of the famous Russian bass singer Feodor Chaliapin, he emigrated to Paris in the Twenties, and thence to Hollywood.
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