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Vincent Andrew Schiavelli (November 11, 1948 – December 26, 2005) was an American character actor noted for his work on stage, screen and television, often described as "the man with the sad eyes." He was notable for his numerous and often critically acclaimed supporting roles. Schiavelli was also well known for his height, standing 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m).
Schiavelli's first film role occurred in Miloš Forman's 1971 production Taking Off, in which he played a counselor who taught parents of runaway teens to smoke marijuana in order to better understand their children's experiences. Schiavelli's aptitude and distinctive angular appearance soon provided him with a steady stream of supporting roles, often in Miloš Forman films, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Valmont, and the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon.
He played Mr. Vargas, the biology teacher in the 1982 hit comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a role he reprised in the 1986 television spin-off Fast Times. He was cast in a similar role in the cult hit Better Off Dead in which he played Mr. Kerber, a geometry teacher.
In 1987, he starred alongside Tim Conway in the short film comedy Dorf on Golf, and then Dorf and the First Games of Mount Olympus in 1988. In 1990, he played the Subway Ghost in Ghost and in 1992, he played in Tim Burton's Batman Returns as the "Organ Grinder", one of the Penguin's henchmen. He appeared as another villain in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), as a silent monk in The Frisco Kid (1979), and as John O'Connor, one of the evil Red Lectroids in the 1984 cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. In 1997, he was named one of America's best character actors by Vanity Fair magazine. He also made several voice appearances in the animated television show Hey Arnold!. In 2002, he played a children's television show host turned heroin addict named Buggy Ding Dong in Death To Smoochy.
His first television role came in 1972 as Peter Panama in The Corner Bar, the first sustained portrayal of a gay character on American television. His other television credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Taxi as the priest who marries Latka and Simka. He appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Arsenal of Freedom" as a holographic salesman, on Miami Vice as a research scientist who conspires to steal a top-secret prototype weapon from his employer, and an uncredited role in an episode of Punky Brewster. In Highlander: The Series, he played Leo Atkins, a homeless Vietnam War veteran accused of murder in the Season 1 episode "Innocent Man".
He wrote a number of cookbooks and food articles for various magazines and newspapers. He received a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in 2001 and was nominated on several other occasions.

Vincent Schiavelli's tombstone in Polizzi Generosa Graveyard
Schiavelli served as honorary co-chair of the National Marfan Foundation, an organization which serves those affected by Marfan syndrome, from which Schiavelli suffered.
Schiavelli also performed in a few video games, including Emperor: Battle for Dune (Harkonnen Mentat Yanich Kobal) and as Dr. Hellman in the video game Corpse Killer.

Polizzi Generosa

The site of Polizzi has traces of human presence since the 6th century BC, archaeological findings including coins from Himera, Carthaginian remains and a Hellenistic necropolis. In the 4th century it was a Carthaginian fortress occupied by mercenaries from Campania.
The town probably developed as a population center in the late Middle Ages, growing around the castle built by the Norman Count of Sicily Roger I in 1076.
People with connections to Polizzi Generosa include:
The families of Sicilian Americans such as film directors Martin Scorsese and Antonia Scarpa as well as character actor Vincent Schiavelli, came from the town. Schiavelli was also a food and cookbook writer who wrote about Polizzi Generosa and his roots in Many Beautiful Things: Stories and Recipes from Polizzi Generosa. He was also buried there when he died.
The writer, journalist and literary critic Giuseppe Antonio Borgese originally came from the town.
Fashion designer Domenico Dolce, one half of the Dolce & Gabbana clothing company, was born in the town.
Catholic cardinal Mariano Rampolla was born in Polizzi Generosa.
Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space, was awarded honorary citizenship of Polizzi Generosa.


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Andrew and Helen - South African/English 20 September 2013

Dear Leanne and Giuseppe,

Tank you for a wonderful stay in your home. We found every possible need catered for, with your immaculate planned home and kitchen, the pool, the vegetable patch.Your walk recomandations and all the maps were useful - loved the Pizo Carbonara circular walk from Piano Battaglia with views of the cost and Etna. Wish you all the best with the house and new top level cultivation.

  Marc, Anna and their family of four - Belgium 13 October 2012

Thank you for your lovely house, hot at days and fresh at nights, with a lovely garden and a delicate decoration. We could alternate days of visiting Palermo, Agrigento and other marvels of Sicilia and days of farniente in Polizzi.

  Lenssen Toine 22 September 2012

We loved our stay at this house. Giuseppe (pino) was very friendly. We had a warm welcome. The house is very well made. Quality of material is good and everything that you need is present. We were able to use the vegetables from the garden. They were very tasty. The village was also very nice and so were the people that live there. The house is situated at a beautiful spot. Guarantees for a perfect holiday!

  Marika and Kimmo, Finland 08 September 2012

We enjoyed really much of the relaxing and quiet atmosphere of the house. Everything is in good harmony and nicely done. Views to surrounding valleys are just amazing. And thanks to mama, she taught us how to make omelet with zucchini flowers. That’s a great recipe to take home.

  Madeleine, Staffan and Harry from STOCKHOLM 11 August 2012

Polizzi Generosa the perfect place with a perfect name! People are so friendly; food and wine so delicious; your house, garden, view spectacular, warm and calming. Pool, icy cold. We have enjoyed it so much.

  Martinache Gauthier 20 July 2012

Très bon accueil et villa de charme fou. On se sent très bien tout de suite.

  Claudia, Canada 14 July 2011

We spent a lovely week here, watching Polizzi change with the light. Giotto was the perfect addition - he was in serious danger of being smuggled into Canada. We’re going to miss the landscape, eating under the trees, even the ice cold water in the pool.

  John E., Brisbane 06 July 2011

We have really enjoyed staying at your country home. It is very comfortable and peaceful. The views are spectacular. It was great to have the opportunity to visit Polizzi Generosa and have a tour with Maria and Joseph.

  Gary and Frances, Sydney 16 June 2011

We had a beautiful week here in your wonderful, peaceful home. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed touring around Sicily from here and also seeing into the local Polizzi Gererosa community. What a fantastic place you have. The view is spectacular but it was the peace and quiet, the birds and the countryside we really loved. 

Thank you again for giving us such a lovely time. We want to return.

   Sheryn and Jim, PORT MACQUARIE, Australia 01 May 2011

We love everything about it… the style and decoration of the house, the stunning views and gorgeous gardens with fresh herbs and fruit trees. 
It is the perfect setting for an Italian country holiday with lunch under the trees and the sound of running spring water in the background. Enjoying a glass of red wine by the fire each night was the perfect end to perfect days. 
We can’t wait to return.

Parco delle Madonie

The regional park was officially created on 9 November 1989. Within the park area there are outcrops of rocks which have been dated at over a 200-million-year period and represent all aspects of the geology of Sicily apart from the current volcanic activity.
The collaboration of the Madonie Park authorities and the European Geoparks Network has allowed the research of students and lecturers of University of Palermo Department of Geology and Geodesy.
Studies have been made, papers published and educational paths mapped out with signs erected with information on the ground. Madonie Geopark is a member of the European Geoparks Network and the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.
The park is made up from fifteen municipalities of the province of Palermo in Sicily (Caltavuturo, Castelbuono, Castellana Sicula, Cefalù, Collesano, Geraci Siculo, Gratteri, Isnello, Petralia Soprana, Petralia Sottana, Polizzi Generosa, Pollina, San Mauro Castelverde, Scillato and Sclafani Bagni).

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