Victor Argo

Actor
Stocky character actor Victor Argo began his career on the stage before segueing to features and TV, where he found steady employment frequently cast as ethnic heavies, gangsters and law enforcement officers, often ... Read more »
Born: 03/15/1935 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (66)

Lustre 2005 (Movie)

Hugo (Actor)

Angela 2003 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Anything But Love 2003 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

'R Xmas 2002 (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Snipes 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Angel Eyes 2001 (Movie)

Mr Carl Pogue (Actor)

Don't Say A Word 2001 (Movie)

Sydney Simon (Actor)

Fast Food, Fast Women 2001 (Movie)

Seymour (Actor)

Queenie in Love 2001 (Movie)

Horace (Actor)

Coming Soon 2000 (Movie)

Mr Neipris (Actor)

Coyote Ugly 2000 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Double Whammy 2000 (Movie)

Lieutenant Spigot (Actor)

Ghost Dog: the Way of the Samurai 2000 (Movie)

Vinny (Actor)

Love=ME 3 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

On the Run 2000 (Movie)

Man Shaving (Actor)

The Yards 2000 (Movie)

Paul Lazarides (Actor)

Going Nomad 1999 (Movie)

Spiro (Actor)

A Change of Climate 1998 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Fast Horses 1998 (Movie)

Zack (Actor)

Lulu on the Bridge 1998 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Side Streets 1998 (Movie)

Albani Krug (Actor)

Early Edition 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men Lie 1997 (Movie)

Scott's Dad (Actor)

New York News 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Funeral 1996 (Movie)

Juius (Actor)

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Vinnie (Actor)

Condition Red 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dark Eyes 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Smoke 1995 (Movie)

Vinnie (Actor)

Monkey Trouble 1994 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

Business Associate (Actor)

Household Saints 1993 (Movie)

Lino Falconetti (Actor)

True Romance 1993 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Bad Lieutenant 1992 (Movie)

Bet Cop (Actor)

Shadows and Fog 1992 (Movie)

Vigilante (Actor)

McBain 1991 (Movie)

El Presidente (Actor)

Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

King of New York 1990 (Movie)

Roy Bishop (Actor)

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Dream Street 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Her Alibi 1989 (Movie)

Avram (Actor)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

Peter Apostle (Actor)

Florida Straits 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Harris (Actor)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

Leon (Actor)

Raw Deal 1986 (Movie)

Dangerous Man (Actor)

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

Diner Cashier (Actor)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

Sergeant Taskal (Actor)

Falling in Love 1984 (Movie)

Victor Rawlins (Actor)

Dream House 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Hanky Panky 1982 (Movie)

Pallbearer (Actor)

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

Lockerman (Actor)

Hot Tomorrows 1977 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Which Way Is Up? 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Taxi Driver 1976 (Movie)

Melio (Actor)

Force Five 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Smile Jenny, You're Dead 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Mean Streets 1973 (Movie)

Mario (Actor)

Boxcar Bertha 1972 (Movie)

Railroad Detective (Actor)

The Don Is Dead 1972 (Movie)

Augie the Horse (Actor)

Johnny Ryan (TV Show)

Actor

Nicky and the Nerd (TV Show)

Actor

Sins of Silence (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Stocky character actor Victor Argo began his career on the stage before segueing to features and TV, where he found steady employment frequently cast as ethnic heavies, gangsters and law enforcement officers, often under the direction of such auteurs as Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Abel Ferrara.

After making his debut as a snarling railroad detective in the Roger Corman-produced, Martin Scorsese-directed "Boxcar Bertha" (1972), Argo often played rough and tumble urban types like one of the young hoods that ran with Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro down New York's "Mean Streets" (1973) and the baseball bat-wielding deli owner in "Taxi Driver" (1976), both for Scorsese. An atypical appearance under that director's gaze was the actor's fine turn as the Apostle Peter in the controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988).

Although usually relegated to brief appearances (in films ranging from director-writer Martin Brest's impressive debut "Hot Tomorrows" (1977) to 1985's "Desperately Seeking Susan"), Argo has on occasion landed meatier roles, perhaps most notably as Tracey Ullman's widowed father in Nancy Savoca's richly rendered portrait of an Italian-American family "Household Saints" (1993), one of a group of aging gangsters in "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" (1999), the skeptical buddy of a sixtysomething who answers a personal ad in "Fast Food, Fast Women" (2000) and the abusive father of Jennifer Lopez's police detective in the thriller "Angel Eyes" (2001).

Milestones

2001

Reteamed with Kollek to play the romantic lead in "Queenie in Love"; screened at Cannes

2001

Cast as the heroine's father in "Angel Eyes", starring Jennifer Lopez

2000

Played the skeptical buddy of a older man who answers a personal ad in "Fast Food, Fast Women", directed by Amos Kollek

1999

Cast as an aging gangster in "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"

1996

Again worked under the direction of Abel Ferarra in "The Funeral"

1995

Reteamed with director Nancy Savoca on the ABC TV-movie "Dark Eyes"

1995

Played the owner of a Brooklyn cigar store in "Smoke" and its follow-up "Blue in the Face"

1993

Co-starred in "Household Saints", directed by Nancy Savoca

1991

Had featured role in the syndicated TV miniseries "Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride"

1990

First of four features (to date) under the direction of Abel Ferrara, "King of New York"

1989

Last screen work with Scorsese to date, the "Life Stories" segment of the omnibus film "New York Stories"

1989

Debut as regular in short-lived drama series, "Dream Street" (NBC)

1989

Appeared as a detective in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors"

1988

Portrayed the Apostle Peter in the controversial Scorsese-directed "The Last Temptation of Christ"

1986

Co-starred in the HBO film "Florida Straits"

1979

Played featured role in the Bette Midler vehicle "The Rose"

1976

Appeared as a deli owner in "Taxi Driver"

1974

TV-movie debut in "Smile Jenny, Your Dead", the pilot for the ABC series "Harry-O"

1973

Appeared in "Mean Streets"; first of 11 film appearances (to date) alongside Harvey Keitel; film directed by Scorsese

1972

Feature debut in "Boxcar Bertha"; first of six appearances (to date) under Martin Scorsese's direction

Worked as a stage actor in NYC and in regional theaters

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