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Also Known As: Arthur H Rosson, Art Rosson, Arthur H. Rosson Died: June 17, 1960
Born: August 24, 1886 Cause of Death: heart condition
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: director

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Standing only 2'11" tall, Angelo Rossitto was one of cinema's busiest dwarf actors. Yet he never gave up his Hollywood Boulevard pitch and returned to selling newspapers whenever acting work dried up. Indeed, he became such a familiar figure in Los Angeles that he ran for mayor in 1941, two years after he founded the Little People of America organization. In the silent era, Rossitto teamed with John Barrymore in "The Beloved Rogue" and Lon Chaney in "While the City Sleeps." Yet, despite playing Angeleno in Tod Browning's contentious 1932 horror, "Freaks," Rossitto often went uncredited for roles in such notable features as Cecil B. DeMille's "The Sign of the Cross," Harry Lachman's "Dante's Inferno," and William Dieterle and Max Reinhardt's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." He similarly received no on-screen notice for playing Shirley Temple's stand-in in several mid-1930s outings. Surviving further controversy after playing Angelo in Harry Revier's 1938 underage marriage saga "Child Bride," Rossitto teamed with Bela Lugosi on a trio of B movies between 1941 and 1947: "Spooks Run Wild"; "The Corpse Vanishes"; and "Scared to Death." Besides reunions with DeMille on "Samson and Delilah" and "The Greatest...

Standing only 2'11" tall, Angelo Rossitto was one of cinema's busiest dwarf actors. Yet he never gave up his Hollywood Boulevard pitch and returned to selling newspapers whenever acting work dried up. Indeed, he became such a familiar figure in Los Angeles that he ran for mayor in 1941, two years after he founded the Little People of America organization. In the silent era, Rossitto teamed with John Barrymore in "The Beloved Rogue" and Lon Chaney in "While the City Sleeps." Yet, despite playing Angeleno in Tod Browning's contentious 1932 horror, "Freaks," Rossitto often went uncredited for roles in such notable features as Cecil B. DeMille's "The Sign of the Cross," Harry Lachman's "Dante's Inferno," and William Dieterle and Max Reinhardt's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." He similarly received no on-screen notice for playing Shirley Temple's stand-in in several mid-1930s outings. Surviving further controversy after playing Angelo in Harry Revier's 1938 underage marriage saga "Child Bride," Rossitto teamed with Bela Lugosi on a trio of B movies between 1941 and 1947: "Spooks Run Wild"; "The Corpse Vanishes"; and "Scared to Death." Besides reunions with DeMille on "Samson and Delilah" and "The Greatest Show on Earth," Rossitto cropped up (mostly unbilled) over the next three decades in pictures as diverse as "Carousel," "Invasion of the Saucer Men," and "Dracula vs Frankenstein," as well as such 1970s TV shows as "H.R. Pufnstuf," "Lidsville," and "Baretta." He retired in 1986, a year after playing Master while almost blind in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome."

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DIRECTOR:

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  Heller in Pink Tights (1960) 2nd Unit Director
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  The Buccaneer (1959) Unit dir
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  The Jayhawkers! (1959) 2nd Unit Director
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  The Old Man and the Sea (1958) 2nd Unit Director
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  Wild Is the Wind (1958) 2nd Unit Director
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  The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957) 2nd Unit Director
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  The Ten Commandments (1956) Unit dir
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  The Naked Jungle (1954) 2nd Unit Director
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  Living It Up (1954) 2nd Unit Director
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brother:
Richard Rosson. Director. Born 1893; died 1953.
brother:
Harold Rosson. Director of photography. Born 1895; died 1988.

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Source: The Stars of Hollywood Forever: 1901-2006

The Rosson family left France in 1887 and relocated in New York. Arthur started in films as a stuntman and joined Vitagraph in 1909 later working as an associate director with Cecil B. Demille for sixteen years. By the 1920s, Rosson was a full time director and from 1929 to 1938, he directed mainly Western films. He also served as second unit director of every Cecil B. DeMille picture from 1939 to 1956. Rosson died following surgery for a heart condition.

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