Comedic Actor Tony Rosato Dies

Veteran comedy show actor Tony Rosato died January 10 in his Toronto, Ontario home at the age of 62. An official cause of death was not revealed but a heart attack is suspected to be the cause of death. An autopsy is planned to determine the official cause of death.

Appearing in nearly 100 productions, Rosato made his acting debut in 1978 in an uncredited role in “The Silent Partner”. His first credited role came in 1979 as an Italian athlete in “Running”. His other roles include 36 episodes of “SCTV”, “Improper Channels”, 21 episodes of “Saturday Night Live”, 13 episodes of “Amanda’s”, “Hot Shots”, “Hands of a Stranger”, “Switching Channels”, 54 episodes “Night Heat”, “Wiseguy”, Luigi in 26 episodes of “The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3”, “Street Legal”, Luigi in 13 episodes of “The New Super Mario World”, “RoboCop”, “Highlander”, “F/X: The Series”, 36 episodes of “The Bsy World of Richard Scarry”, 19 episodes of “The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police”, 14 episodes of “Stickin’ Aruond”, 10 episodes of “Blaster’s Universe”, 26 episodes of “Pelswick”, 13 episodes of “Da Boom Crew”, nine episodes of “Scaredy Squirrel”, and his final role in the TV movie “Idiot Parade”.

While he was a part of the cast for only a year; Rosato, Martin Short, and Robin Duke are the only three actors to have appeared in both comedy sketch shows “SCTV” and “Saturday Night Live”. He was also the only cast member who was not American born.

He was born December 26, 1954 in Naples, Italy but was raised in Ottawa, Ontario. He moved to Toronto to attend the university and remained.

Later in life, Rosato had legal and mental health issues – he was diagnosed with Capgras syndrome – that caused his to spend time both in jail and a mental institution.

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