December 26, 2005

Vincent Schiavelli (1948-2005)


You've seen seen him countless times in many popular films. Most often he was referred to as "that creepy looking guy in the subway scene of 'Ghost'".

Today, Vincent Schiavelli died of lung cancer. Of all the characters he played, my personal favorite was the science teacher with the hot wife in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", Mr. Vargas. Who can forget the immortal line:

"Listen, I just switched to Sanka this morning. So...have a heart?"

Later in the film he has a memorable scene actually holding a human heart.

He was 57 years old. R.I.P.

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1 For some reason, what stands out for me was when he played a carnie freak with a conjoined twin on an episode of the X-Files. Probably remember it, because that episode was outstanding in so many ways.

Posted by: Wordsmith at December 27, 2005 02:40 AM (nrGCx)

2 and who could forget him in one flew over the cuckoo's nest (and yes, that x-files episode was great)

Posted by: a rose is a rose at December 27, 2005 04:53 AM (76+ro)

3 Didn't he also play a teacher in Better Off Dead, the John Cusack cult classic? Everyone wants to go out with Cusack's character's ex-girlfriend Beth, including the weird but cool math teacher, whom you see Beth driving off with in his VW bug after school...

Posted by: Pam at December 27, 2005 12:02 PM (rx9LD)

4 Yeah, that's another one of my favorites: "Lane, this is awkward. But I understand you used to date Beth and I was wondering..."

Posted by: Gary at December 27, 2005 03:05 PM (QoxB+)

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