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Gabriel Dell (born Gabriel Marcel Dell Vecchio; October 8, 1919 – July 3, 1988) was an American actor and one of the members of what came to be known as the Dead End Kids, then later the East Side Kids and finally The Bowery Boys.
Dell as Harry Grant in The Corner Bar, 1972.
Gabriel Marcel Dell Vecchio
October 8, 1919
|Died||July 3, 1988 (aged 68)|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Dell |
(m. 19??; div. 1953)
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Born in New York City, Dell almost made his stage debut a few years before Dead End when he and his sister were slated for roles in The Good Earth with Alla Nazimova and Claude Rains. Dell served in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II. He appeared in numerous films as a Dead End Kid/East Side Kid/Bowery Boy. In the 1944 East Side Kids film Million Dollar Kid, Dell actually appeared as a criminal villain, pitted against the boys, who gets brought to justice in the end.
Dell's most prominent stage role was in the play The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, written by Lorraine Hansberry. The production opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on October 15, 1964, and was directed by Peter Kass. Jack Blackman designed scenery, Jules Fisher designed lighting, and Fred Voelpel designed costumes. The original cast featured Dell as Sidney Brustein and Rita Moreno as Iris Parodus Brustein. The play received mixed reviews and closed on January 10, 1965.
His other non-Dead End Kids/Bowery Boys films included The 300 Year Weekend (1971), Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971), Earthquake (1974), and Framed (1975). He also appeared in The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery (1975), and The Escape Artist (1982). Dell also made several appearances on television shows during the 1960s and '70s including Ben Casey, The Fugitive, Mannix, Then Came Bronson, I Dream of Jeannie, McCloud, Sanford and Son, and Barney Miller.
- Dead End (1937) - T.B.
- Crime School (1938) - Bugs
- Little Tough Guy (1938) - String
- Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) - Pasty
- They Made Me a Criminal (1939) - T.B.
- Hell's Kitchen (1939) - Ace
- The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939) - Luigi
- On Dress Parade (1939) - Cadet Georgie Warren
- You're Not So Tough (1940) - String
- Junior G-Men (1940, Serial) - Terry
- Give Us Wings (1940) - String
- Hit the Road (1941) - String
- Mob Town (1941) - String
- Sea Raiders (1941, Serial) - Bilge
- Mr. Wise Guy (1942) - Charlie Manning
- Junior G-Men of the Air (1942, Serial) - 'Stick' Munsey
- Let's Get Tough! (1942) - Fritz Heinbach
- Tough As They Come (1942) - String
- Smart Alecks (1942) - Hank
- 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942) - Skid
- Mug Town (1942) - String
- Kid Dynamite (1943) - Harry Wycoff
- Keep 'Em Slugging (1943) - String
- Mr. Muggs Steps Out (1943) - Dips Nolan
- Million Dollar Kid (1944) - Lefty
- Follow the Leader (1944) - W.W. 'Fingers' Belmont
- Block Busters (1944) - Skinny
- Bowery Champs (1944) - Jim Lindsay
- Come Out Fighting (1945) - Pete
- Spook Busters (1946) - Gabe 'Gabie' Moreno
- Mr. Hex (1946) - Gabe Moreno
- Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947) - Gabe 'Gabie'
- News Hounds (1947) - Gabe
- Bowery Buckaroos (1947) - Gabe, aka The Klondike Kid
- Angels' Alley (1948) - Ricky Moreno
- Jinx Money (1948) - Gabe
- Smugglers' Cove (1948) - Gabe Moreno
- Trouble Makers (1948) - Police Officer Gabe Moreno
- Fighting Fools (1949) - Gabe Moreno
- Hold That Baby! (1949) - Gabe 'Gabie' Moreno
- Angels in Disguise (1949) - Gabe Moreno
- Master Minds (1949) - Gabe Moreno
- Blonde Dynamite (1950) - Gabe Moreno
- Lucky Losers (1950) - Gabe Moreno, TV Reporter
- Triple Trouble (1950) - Gabriel 'Gabe' Moreno
- Blues Busters (1950) - Gabe Moreno
- Katie Did It (1951) - Eddie (uncredited)
- Escape from Terror (1955) - Col. Tovchenko
- When the Girls Take Over (1962) - Henderson
- The 300 Year Weekend (1971) - Wynter
- Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971) - Sidney Gill
- The Corner Bar (1972) (Season 1 Only) ABC TV Series
- Earthquake (1974) - Sal
- The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery (1975) - Malcolm
- Framed (1975) - Vince Greeson
- A Year at the Top (1977) (CBS TV Summer replacement series - 5 episodes) - Frederick J. Hanover
- The Escape Artist (1982) - Uncle Burke (final film role)
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