With about 152 actor credits to his name, it’s safe to say that you’ve seen him more than once. Â You may have even referenced him a few times in your life: “Remember that one weird guy in that movie? Â Or what about when Sam is in the subway and he runs into that homeless-looking guy?” Â He has an unforgettable face, yet he is an unknown name to many. Â I guess that’s the fate of some of the best character actors.
The first time I saw Schiavelli was in the movie Better off Dead where he played a geometry teacher. Â From then on, I always associated him as that guy who played the teacher. Â Since a lot of folks I talk to haven’t seen Better Off Dead, I took to referring to him as the other ghost in the movie Ghost. The one that teaches Patrick Swayze’s character how to channel his anger into a form capable of affecting the world of the living.
Vincent’s life was cut short when he died at age 57 in 2005. Â He had lung cancer. Â I’m sure he would have done about a hundred more movies before founding a fine arts school or directing academy award-winning films.
Keep an eye out. Â If you’re someone into film, you’re bound to spot Vincent Schiavelli in a number of movies made within the last 30 or so years. Â Then you’ll be able to associate a name with an unmistakable face.