Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Vincent Schiavelli dies

We've heard the sad news that character actor Vincent Schiavelli, best known to Burton fans as the Organ Grinder in Batman Returns, has died of lung cancer. The 57 year old actor had a long and varied career in both TV and film, and while he never became a household name, his face was familiar to millions of movie fans. He will be missed.

38 comments:

Bill said...

All I have to say is that you've waited a little too long to post a news story. The month is almost over. Unless you post one every few days, you won't have much. Again, another Burton actor has died. Who is next? I don't know Vincent at all, but I am sorry for his death.

TBC said...

We post news as soon as we're made aware of it. Sometimes that's a little after the fact, since computer problems and real life distractions mean we can't be monitoring online news 24/7. To be honest, there hasn't been much Burton news lately other than his involvement with Believe It or Not, which still hasn't been officially confirmed.

Mz.Skellington (Leah) said...

Aww thats sad :( too bad he was cool poor guy

Stain_Girl said...

Chaz Say...
R.I.P Vincent!

pearly said...

id like to enquire if anyone knows where i can read a poem on the pin cushion queen.thanks so much.

Jack said...

I'm sorry to say I don't remember an organ grinder in Batman Returns, actually, I don't even know what an organ grinder is, fill me in, would you please.

Anonymous said...

An organ grinder is the guy who kills Batman and grings his liver, small intenstine, splean, etc. into a big machine to make hotdogs for the masses. DUH!

Anonymous said...

I mean "grinds"

sandoz said...

but the organ grinder wasn't in batman returns was he??????? it was cat woman and the penguin boy in batman returns, i don't remember an organ grinder at all. especially seeing as i watched the movie for the first time 2 days ago on dvd as i got it for christmas. Good movie by the way!!!! love cat woman. she rocks.But i'm sure he was a very good actor and it is sad to here that most of the actors in tim burtons films are dieing so suddenly. i bet he will be teribly missed by the tim burton fans who actually know who the guy is.

Ivana said...

I rember him in Batman Returns. You can't forget his face, he was in so many movies. I think he only had a couple of lines, but I don't rember him being called the organ grinder. He was one of the penguins minions. I'm pretty sure if you look him up, you'll know who he is.

sandoz said...

oh god yeah!!! i think i know who you mean now. was he one of the crazy clown things that worked for the penguin. oh i get it. yeah i'll look him up. thanks!!!!!!!!!!

Miss Night said...

Ok, i've only scanned through your comments and a few of you don't seem to remember the organ grinder. he was the guy with the little spider monkey, with the musical box! and aww, thats really sad. i liked him in Snow White, he was excellent playing wednesday. and in the whipping boy he was also excellent.

sandoz said...

i got who you mean now as i watched the dvd again and looked on the credits, i'm sorry to "miss night" if i offended you or anything, it must really annoy you to see people who are confussed of who he is as you seem to know who he is and like him. he did only have a few lines but he was cool, by the looks of it. happy new year to you tim burton fans out there and r.i.p. vincent schiavelli, i'm shure you where loved by alot of people.

Miss Night said...

i just wanna say to sandoz, you didn't offend me, loads of people properly thought that too.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! (",)

Bill said...

He was also in Man On The Moon with Jim Carrey playing some character called Maynard Smith.

Rain Sparrow said...

Just a bit of good news....Ed Wood Special edition has been released.

I bought it last night.

Anonymous said...

Oh, my...I didn't know him either...but that's just really sad. :( R.I.P Mr. Schiavelli.
-Reubens-ite

Holly Burton Pumpkin said...

puede que no me entiendan, pero yo si comprendo lo que quieren decir... cuando muere el ídolo de una persona la cual no conoces pero que es tu gran influencia, sientes cosas inexplicables... Vincent debe estar en otros lugares, en otros mundos de fantasía, desde aquí, los mejores deseos en su nueva travesía...

Bill said...

What did that person say?

Miss Night said...

i think he said something about vincent acting in fantasy films

Anonymous said...

for the guy who asked where you can find poem pincushin queen, just look up the meloncoly death of oyster boy on a search engine and you'll find it.

Anonymous said...

Vincent ruled!! I was very sad when i saw that he ha died :(

bonanza said...

It's "Life isn't easy for the pin cushion queen, when she sits on her throne, pins push through her spleen." It's too bad about Vincent, that's really sad news.
:(

Bill said...

Rain Sparrow, why are you talking about Ed Wood and not at all about Vincent?

Holly Burton said...

I'm "she", not "he"; I'm sorry but I don't speak english. I'm from Chile...

Josh said...

I wonder why TBC never talked about Depp being nominated at the Golden Globes for besta actor in a comedy/musical for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...? Well maybe because it's not really "tim burton news", oh well thought some of you who dodn't know might be excited.

Miss Night said...

omg! i'm really sorry holly burton!
i didn't know if you were a he or a she!
Please forgive me!
SORRY!!!!!!!
:-(

Anonymous said...

i have that little pin cushin queen figure thingy...=D

Rain Sparrow said...

Well Bill, because it was news and I thought the forum should know that. Just because I haven't posted my grievances, dosen't mean that I don't like him or have bad feelings toward his work. I had already known about it.

alsmom said...

Vincent Schiavelli was not just a character actor, as a friend I can attest to the fact that he was a wonderful man of character to all he met. Few know that he was educated at Julliard, spoke multiple languages, wrote many books and was an accomplished chef. His odd looks can be attributed to Marfan syndrome (Abraham Lincoln also had this)and he chaired many fundraisers for research into this genetic condition & mentored children and young adults with Marfan. He was a great character actor, but most of all, he was a friend that I will miss.

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Anonymous said...

he was a great guy and the movie was awsome im sorry for his death

sandoz said...

i watched man on the moon again and i know what he looks like now. he was really funny as that ABC bloke. he rocked

Anonymous said...

Can someone spell Schiavelli phonetically because I have no idea how to pronounce that.

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