December 26, 1954
|Died||January 10, 2017 (aged 62)|
(m. 2003; div. 2010)
Antonio Rosato (December 26, 1954 - January 10, 2017) was an Italian-Canadian actor and comedian, who appeared in television and films. He was best known as a cast member on both SCTV and Saturday Night Live, and for voicing Luigi in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and Nemesis in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.
Rosato was born in Naples, Italy, and came to Canada at age 4. He was raised in Halifax, Ottawa, and Toronto. He graduated from Oakwood Collegiate Institute. He planned to study chiropractic medicine, but dropped out of the University of Toronto after he began doing improv comedy at The Second City.
Rosato first gained attention when he and Robin Duke joined the cast of the first incarnation of SCTV in its final season during the fall of 1980. His most well-known character on the program was the notoriously drunk TV chef Marcello Sebastiani. Rosato then moved with Duke to the cast of Saturday Night Live for the 1981-82 season. Following Jean Doumanian's tenure during the sixth season and Dick Ebersol trying to retool the show (and relying on Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo to spice up the sketches), Rosato only appeared on the show for one year before leaving due to differences with Ebersol and an expired contract.
Rosato is one of three SCTV cast members (along with Duke and Martin Short) to appear on Saturday Night Live. Celebrities impersonated by Rosato on SCTV include: Lou Costello (whom he also impersonated when he was a cast member on Saturday Night Live), William Conrad, Danny Thomas, Woodstock co-organizer Chip Monck, SNL cast member John Belushi, Tony Orlando and Ella Fitzgerald. His characters on SNL, despite his short tenure, were memorable as well, and included Ed Asner (in character as Lou Grant), Captain Kangaroo, and U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese.
In autumn of 1990, Rosato portrayed Nintendo's character Luigi on DiC's television show The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (based on Super Mario Bros. 3). He continued his role as Luigi in 1991 for the Super Mario World cartoon. Rosato had a small voice part in Resident Evil 3 as Dario Rosso and Nemesis. In Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders, he voiced Dharak.
Rosato also provided voices for many other animated series including Pelswick, George and Martha, The Busy World of Richard Scarry, The Adventures of Sam and Max: Freelance Police, Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend, Monster by Mistake, The Ripping Friends, Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge, Da Boom Crew, Get Ed and Odd Job Jack.
A re-animated version of the Super Mario World episode "Mama Luigi", commissioned and directed by animation artist Andrew Dickman within a year with over 227 animators and artists participating, was dedicated to Rosato alongside Harvey Atkin (King Koopa) who died on July 17. The video was finally released on August 29, 2017.
On May 5, 2005, Rosato was arrested and charged with criminal harassment of his wife Leah, who asserted that his deteriorating mental health had caused her to fear for her safety and that of the couple's infant daughter. The charge was laid after Rosato complained repeatedly to Toronto and Kingston police that his wife, who had recently left him, and daughter had been abducted and replaced by impostors, a belief characteristic of Capgras delusion, a delusional misidentification syndrome with which the Crown's expert psychiatrist had diagnosed Rosato, according to Rosato's lawyer, Daniel Brodsky. It was alleged that the harassment occurred from December 28, 2003 and escalated until April 21, 2005. In spite of the diagnosis, Rosato, who denied mental illness and refused to plead insanity, was held for over two years without bail at a maximum-security detention centre. Brodsky, who called his client's two-year detention awaiting trial "shocking," asserted that Rosato "spent more time in custody on a harassment charge" than anyone ever convicted of the offence in Canada, estimating that "on average, someone convicted of criminal harassment spends one day in jail and two years on probation." The trial finally commenced on August 7, 2007, in Kingston and it ended on September 5. Prosecutors downgraded the charge to a summary offence from an indictable offence, handing Rosato a conditional discharge, including a psychiatric hospital residence order, of which he ended up serving 19 months of a maximum of three years. Rosato was released from the hospital in March 2009 but remained on probation until September 2010.
|1978||The Silent Partner||Person standing outside bank door being unlocked|
|1980||Nothing Personal||Truck Driver|
|1980||Hog Wild||The Bull|
|1981||Improper Channels||Dr. Arpenthaler|
|1986||Separate Vacations||Harry Blender|
|1986||Busted Up||Irving Drayton|
|1986||Popeye Doyle||Wise-ass Reporter||Television film|
|1986||Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star||Joe Devito (uncredited)||Television film|
|1986||One Police Plaza||Sol||Television film|
|1987||Sadie and Son||Morris||Television film|
|1987||Hearts of Fire||Woody|
|1987||City of Shadows||Rosie|
|1989||Brown Bread Sandwiches||Older Michaelabgelo Buonanotto (voice)|
|1989||Friends, Lovers, & Lunatics||Mat's Boss|
|1980-1981||SCTV||various characters||Season 3|
|1990||The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3||Luigi (voice)|
|1991||Sweating Bullets||Malto||Episode: "The Mariah Connection"|
|1991||Super Mario World||Luigi (voice)|
|1994||RoboCop: The Series||Kevin Frosh||Episode: "Trouble in Delta City"|
|1996-2003||Monster by Mistake||Dad (voice)|
|1998-1999||Mythic Warriors||Orpheus, Male Peasant (voice)|
|1999-2000||George and Martha||Duke (voice)|
|1999-2000||Relic Hunter||Stewie Harper||Season 1 (3 episodes)|
|2000-2002||Pelswick||Quentin Eggert (voice)|
|2004-2005||Da Boom Crew||Namdra (voice)|
|2014-2016||Odd Squad||Sabatino Confalone|
|1999||Resident Evil 3: Nemesis||Dario Rosso, Nemesis|
|2004||Under the Skin||Nemesis|