Hollywood has lost two of its veteran character actors: Vincent Schiavelli, who appeared as the subway apparition in 1990’s Ghost, and Argentina Brunetti, of the 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life.
The Brooklyn-born Schiavelli died of lung cancer at his home in Sicily. He was 57. Known for his droopy-eyed, hangdog look, the actor also appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, James Bond adventure Tomorrow Never Dies, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and nearly 120 other films, according to the Internet Movie Database.
He was married to former Moonlighting actress Allyce Beasley from 1985 until their divorce in 1988. Their son Andrea was born in 1987. In 1992 he married harpist Carol Mukhalian.
The Buenos Aires-born Brunetti, who played the worried wife of Mr. Martini in the 1946 Christmas perennial, was 98 and died in her sleep Tuesday in Rome, said Ben Ohmart, who published her autobiography, In Sicilian Company, last October. Brunetti had moved to Rome last year to live with her son, Mario, and his family, he told the Associated Press.
The actress starred in dozens of films and TV shows over a career spanning more than 50 years. Among her more recent roles was as the pushy relative of the Barone family on Everybody Loves Raymond. She gave Ray a memorable bath.
Off screen, Brunetti was a founding member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and wrote a weekly column for foreign language publications in Canada and Italy.