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Also Known As: Vic Argo Died: April 7, 2004
Born: November 5, 1934 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Stocky character actor Victor Argo began his career on the stage before segueing to features and TV, where he found steady employment frequently cast as ethnic heavies, gangsters and law enforcement officers, often under the direction of such auteurs as Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Abel Ferrara.After making his debut as a snarling railroad detective in the Roger Corman-produced, Martin Scorsese-directed "Boxcar Bertha" (1972), Argo often played rough and tumble urban types like one of the young hoods that ran with Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro down New York's "Mean Streets" (1973) and the baseball bat-wielding deli owner in "Taxi Driver" (1976), both for Scorsese. An atypical appearance under that director's gaze was the actor's fine turn as the Apostle Peter in the controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988).Although usually relegated to brief appearances (in films ranging from director-writer Martin Brest's impressive debut "Hot Tomorrows" (1977) to 1985's "Desperately Seeking Susan"), Argo has on occasion landed meatier roles, perhaps most notably as Tracey Ullman's widowed father in Nancy Savoca's richly rendered portrait of an Italian-American family "Household Saints" (1993),...

Stocky character actor Victor Argo began his career on the stage before segueing to features and TV, where he found steady employment frequently cast as ethnic heavies, gangsters and law enforcement officers, often under the direction of such auteurs as Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Abel Ferrara.

After making his debut as a snarling railroad detective in the Roger Corman-produced, Martin Scorsese-directed "Boxcar Bertha" (1972), Argo often played rough and tumble urban types like one of the young hoods that ran with Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro down New York's "Mean Streets" (1973) and the baseball bat-wielding deli owner in "Taxi Driver" (1976), both for Scorsese. An atypical appearance under that director's gaze was the actor's fine turn as the Apostle Peter in the controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988).

Although usually relegated to brief appearances (in films ranging from director-writer Martin Brest's impressive debut "Hot Tomorrows" (1977) to 1985's "Desperately Seeking Susan"), Argo has on occasion landed meatier roles, perhaps most notably as Tracey Ullman's widowed father in Nancy Savoca's richly rendered portrait of an Italian-American family "Household Saints" (1993), one of a group of aging gangsters in "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" (1999), the skeptical buddy of a sixtysomething who answers a personal ad in "Fast Food, Fast Women" (2000) and the abusive father of Jennifer Lopez's police detective in the thriller "Angel Eyes" (2001).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Love=ME 3 (2004)
2.
3.
 Angel Eyes (2001) Mr Carl Pogue
4.
 Queenie in Love (2001) Horace
5.
 Snipes (2001)
6.
 Double Whammy (2001) Lieutenant Spigot
7.
 Don't Say A Word (2001) Sydney Simon
8.
 'R Xmas (2001) Louie
9.
 Fast Food, Fast Women (2000) Seymour
10.
 Coyote Ugly (2000) Pete
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1996:
Again worked under the direction of Abel Ferarra in "The Funeral"
1976:
Appeared as a deli owner in "Taxi Driver"
2001:
Cast as the heroine's father in "Angel Eyes", starring Jennifer Lopez
1990:
First of four features (to date) under the direction of Abel Ferrara, "King of New York"
1973:
Appeared in "Mean Streets"; first of 11 film appearances (to date) alongside Harvey Keitel; film directed by Scorsese
2001:
Reteamed with Kollek to play the romantic lead in "Queenie in Love"; screened at Cannes
1974:
TV-movie debut in "Smile Jenny, Your Dead", the pilot for the ABC series "Harry-O"
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Worked as a stage actor in NYC and in regional theaters
1989:
Appeared as a detective in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors"
1972:
Feature debut in "Boxcar Bertha"; first of six appearances (to date) under Martin Scorsese's direction
1991:
Had featured role in the syndicated TV miniseries "Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride"
1979:
Played featured role in the Bette Midler vehicle "The Rose"
2000:
Played the skeptical buddy of a older man who answers a personal ad in "Fast Food, Fast Women", directed by Amos Kollek
1999:
Cast as an aging gangster in "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"
1993:
Co-starred in "Household Saints", directed by Nancy Savoca
1986:
Co-starred in the HBO film "Florida Straits"
1989:
Debut as regular in short-lived drama series, "Dream Street" (NBC)
1989:
Last screen work with Scorsese to date, the "Life Stories" segment of the omnibus film "New York Stories"
1995:
Played the owner of a Brooklyn cigar store in "Smoke" and its follow-up "Blue in the Face"
1988:
Portrayed the Apostle Peter in the controversial Scorsese-directed "The Last Temptation of Christ"
1995:
Reteamed with director Nancy Savoca on the ABC TV-movie "Dark Eyes"
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