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Full Name  Enrico Armetta
Name  Henry Armetta
Cause of death  heart attack
Role  Character actor
Occupation  Actor

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Born  July 4, 1888 (1888-07-04) Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Died  October 21, 1945, San Diego, California, United States
Spouse  Iole Armetta (m. 1920–1945)
Movies  The Devil's Brother, Street Angel, Imitation of Life, Let's Sing Again, Magnificent Obsession
Similar People  Charley Rogers, Frank Borzage, John M Stahl, Jack Conway, Sam Wood

Resting place  Holy Cross Cemetery
Years active  1915–1945; his death

Henry Armetta (July 4, 1888 – October 21, 1945) was an Italian-born American character actor who appeared in at least 150 American films, starting in silents around 1915 to 1946, when his last film was released posthumously.

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Armetta was born Enrico Armetta in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. At the age of 14, he stowed away on a boat and came to America. The authorities were ready to send him back when an Italian came forwards to act as his sponsor. He performed menial tasks to get by and eventually ended up working as a pants presser in New York City at a well known club where he managed to befriend Raymond Hitchcock, who got him a chorus part in his play A Yankee Consul.

He moved to Hollywood in 1920 and easily found work as stereotypical Italian, often playing a barber, grocer or restaurant owner. He went on to appear in over 152 films (at least 24 films in 1934 alone), sometimes uncredited. In 1938 he appeared in Everybody Sing with Judy Garland, Allan Jones, and Fanny Brice. In 1941, he memorably played the father of a large Italian family shopping for beds in The Big Store opposite the three Marx Brothers.

A much thinner Armetta was briefly glimpsed in one of his last appearances in the 1945 Technicolor musical Anchors Aweigh. He died the same year of a heart attack in San Diego. He was survived by his wife, Yole Armetta, and three children. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.


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