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Henry Armetta

04 July 1888 - 21 October 1945

An Italian movie character actor starting born Enrico Armetta in Palermo, Sicily. At the age of 14, he stowed away on a boat and came to America. He performed menial tasks to get by and eventually ended up working as a pants presser in New York City. 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 silent films, and at least 24 films in 1934 alone, sometimes uncredited. He died the same year of a heart attack in San Diego, California, leaving behind a wife and (only!) three children.

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