Vito Giusto Scotti was an American veteran character actor, who played many roles, primarily from the late-1940s to the mid-1990s.
His Disney roles included Chaco in the Walt Disney Presents episodes "Zorro: El Bandido" and "Zorro: Adios El Cuchillo", Mr. Bob in the two-part Wonderful World of Disney episode "Bayou Boy", Count Sergio Luchesi Di Gonzini in the two-part Disney's Wonderful World episode The Ghosts of Buxley Hall, Armando Moccia in Herbie Goes Bananas, a taxi driver in Herbie Rides Again, a games spectator in The World's Greatest Athlete, the clown in Napoleon and Samantha, Peppo the Italian cat in The Aristocats, and Pepe Galindo in The Boatniks.
Scozzari was born in 1918 in San Francisco, California; but his family spent the early 1920s in Naples, Italy, where Scotti developed his gift for farce. In 1925, after the Scozzari family had returned to the United States, his mother became a diva in New York City theatre circles. Scotti worked the night club circuit as a stand-up magician and mime. He made his debut on Broadway in Pinocchio, where he played a small role.
Scotti entered movies and television by the late 1940s. He made his film debut, playing an uncredited role as a Mexican youth in Illegal Entry. His other known film credits include Von Ryan's Express, The Godfather. Philly Flash (1981), How Sweet It Is!, The Secret War of Harry Frigg, Cactus Flower, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Captain Newman, M.D., and Get Shorty.
In television, Scotti appear very often in various roles on shows like Andy's Gang, Perry Mason, Peter Gunn, Wagon Train, The Real McCoys, Bonanza, Rawhide, The Twilight Zone, Lassie, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Rifleman, My Favorite Martian, Dr. Kildare, The Jack Benny Program, Bewitched, The Addams Family, The Farmer's Daughter, The Lucy Show, The Munsters, Gilligan's Island, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Flying Nun, Ironside, Get Smart, Gunsmoke, and To Rome with Love, Happy Days, Charlie's Angels, Hawaii Five-O, Vega$, Fantasy Island, CHiPs, The Golden Girls, and Columbo.
Scotti died of lung cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, on June 5, 1996. He was interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with his first wife Irene, in the Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum.
|1970||The Boatniks||Pepe Galindo|
|1970||The Aristocats||Peppo - Italian Cat|
|1971||"Bayou Boy"||Mr. Bob|
|1972||Napoleon and Samantha||The Clown|
|1973||The World's Greatest Athlete||Games spectator|
|1974||Herbie Rides Again||Taxi Driver|
|1980||Herbie Goes Bananas||Armando Moccia|
|1980||"The Ghosts of Buxley Hall"||Count Sergio Luchesi Di Gonzini|