Reni Santoni

  • Born on
    • April 21st, 1939
  • Died on
    • August 1st, 2020
Reni Santoni (April 21, 1939 – August 1, 2020) was an American film, television and voice actor. Santoni was born in New York City of French and Spanish descent. He began his career in off-Broadway theatre. His first significant film role was an uncredited appearance in the 1964 film The Pawnbroker, starring Rod Steiger, in which he played a junkie trying to sell a radio to the title character, using anti-Semitic slurs that have absolutely no effect. Santoni's first leading role was as the young actor in Carl Reiner's Enter Laughing. His other well-known film roles include Inspector "Chico" González in the 1971 classic Dirty Harry, as Ramon Herrera in the 1983 hit drama Bad Boys, and as detective Tony Gonzales in 1986 action film Cobra. Around that time, he also made guest appearances on television shows such as Barnaby Jones, Lou Grant, Hawaii Five-O, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hill Street Blues and Midnight Caller. In 1973, he was a junior partner on, "Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law". (Santoni and "Owen Marshall" co-star Lee Majors were born the same week in April 1939). Santoni continued to work in film and television through to the 21st century. Some of his more memorable characterizations include "Poppie," the unhygienic restaurateur on TV's Seinfeld, and "Captain Carlos Rodríguez" in Carl Reiner's comedy film Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. Description above from the Wikipedia article Reni Santoni, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Acting (24 Credits)

2001Dr. Dolittle 2 as Rat #2 (voice)
200028 Days as Daniel
1999Late Last Night as Drunk
1998Doctor Dolittle as Rat #1 (Voice)
1997Private Parts as Vallesecca
1996The Late Shift as John Agoglia
1993Groundhog Day as State Trooper (voice) (uncredited)
1989The Package as Chicago Police Lieutenant
1989Cat Chaser as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1988Rain Man as (voice)
1988Bright Lights, Big City as Additional Voices (voice)
1987The Pick-up Artist as Man in Train Station
1986Cobra as Sergeant Gonzales
1985Summer Rental as Announcer
1985Radioactive Dreams as 'Red' Hairstylist
1983Bad Boys as Ramon Herrera
1982Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as Carlos Rodriguez
1977I Never Promised You a Rose Garden as Hobbs
1971Dirty Harry as Insp. Chico Gonzalez
1969Guns of the Magnificent Seven as Max
1968Anzio as Pvt. Movie
1967Enter Laughing as David Kolowitz
1964The Pawnbroker as Junkie Selling Radio (uncredited)

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