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Victor Spinetti

Highest Rated:   98% A Hard Day's Night (1964)
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Born to an Italian father and Welsh mother, actor/writer/director Victor Spinetti attended the College of Music and Drama at Cardiff. Following his debut at a 1953 concert party in Wales, Spinetti built up a solid reputation as a surefire laugh-getter in various theatrical revues and West End plays. In 1964, he won a Tony Award for his interpretation of the Drill Sergeant Major (his favorite part) in the London/Broadway musical hit Oh, What a Lovely War! That same year, Spinetti made an auspicious film bow as the neurotic TV director in The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night. Even funnier was his portrayal of mad scientist Doctor Foot ("With a ring like that I can--dare I say it?--rule the world...with the proper government grant") in the Fab Four's follow-up feature Help! Spinetti's association with the Beatles extended to his theatrical work when, in 1969, he adapted and directed a stage version of John Lennon's book In His Own Write. Other films blessed with Spinetti's presence include Taming of the Shrew (1967), Start the Revolution Without Me (1970), Under a Cherry Moon (1986) and The Krays (1990). In addition to his many theatrical directing assignments, Spinetti has kept busy as a cartoon voiceover artist for such projects as the droll TV weekly Superted. When asked in 1980 if he had any hobbies, Victor Spinetti listed "Writing, talking and occasionally listening."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour Memories
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet The Beatles: Love Me Do
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet In the Beginning
  • Pharaoh's Magician
2000
82% The Krays
  • Mr. Lawson
1990
No Score Yet The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank
  • Actor
1988
36% Under the Cherry Moon
  • The Jaded Three
1986
No Score Yet Sex on the Run
  • The Prefect
1977
No Score Yet Hardcore
  • Actor
1977
83% Voyage of the Damned
  • Dr. Strauss
1976
84% The Return of the Pink Panther
  • Concierge
1975
No Score Yet The Great McGonagall
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Little Prince
  • The Historian
1974
No Score Yet Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World
  • Prof. Ribart
1973
64% Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood
  • Mog Edwards
1973
83% Start The Revolution Without Me
  • Duke D'Escargot
1970
33% Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
  • A Critic
1969
No Score Yet The Biggest Bundle of Them All
  • Captain Giglio
1968
64% Magical Mystery Tour
  • Actor
1967
83% The Taming of the Shrew
  • Hortensio
1967
89% Help!
  • Prof. Foot
1965
98% A Hard Day's Night
  • Television Director
1964
76% Becket
  • French Tailor
1964
80% Sparrows Can't Sing
  • Arnold
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
1972
  • Army Sergeant
  • 2012
No Score Yet New Tricks
2003-2013
  • Binky

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