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Henry Armetta
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    (July 4, 1888-October 21, 1945)
    Born in Palmero, Italy
    Birth name was Enrico Armetta
    Appeared in the films 'Fantomas' (1920), 'Silent Command' (1923), 'Madame X' (1929), 'Strangers May Kiss' (1931), 'Scarface' (1932), 'What? No Beer?' (1933), 'The Black Cat' (1934), 'Viva Villa!' (1934), 'Imitation of Life' (1934), 'Magnificient Obsession' (1935), 'Poor Little Rich Girl' (1936), 'Magnificient Brute' (1936), 'Make a Wish' (1937), 'Everybody Sing' (1938), 'I Stole a Million' (1939), 'Three Cheers for the Irish' (1940), 'The Big Store' (1941), 'Stage Door Canteen' (1943), 'Anchors Aweigh' (1945) and 'A Bell for Adano' (1945)
    He came to America as a fourteen year old stowaway.
    He went uncredited in many films.
    He was usually cast as a stereotypically excitable and gesticulating Italian.
    He was about to be deported back to Italy when an Italian-American man offered to sponsor him.
    He got his show biz break while working as a pants presser when he befriended a Broadway star who got him a part in the chorus of a play.
    He was very prolific, appearing in 24 films in 1934 alone.

Credit: C. Fishel

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