Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Vincent Gardenia (January 7, 1922 December 9, 1992) was an Italian American stage, film, and television actor. Gardenia was born Vincenzio Scognamiglio in Naples, Italy, the son of Elisa and Gennaro Gardenia Scognamiglio. After emigrating to the United States at the age of 2, he lived most of his life in Brooklyn, New York. As a child, he performed in a family acting troupe in Italian-American neighborhoods in and around New York City.