To a generation of film fans raised in the ’80s, Vincent Schiavelli was one of the quintessential character actors. A staple of Milos Forman films from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Man on the Moon, as well as the memorable teachers he played in both Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Better Off Dead, his was a face no one could forget.
He died at the age of 57, in an Italian village he’d recently called home, due to lung cancer. The village’s mayor is quoted, by the BBC, describing Schiavelli as: “a great friend, a great chef and a great talker. With a smooth, witty conversation, he would make everything look more colourful. I’ve lost a brother.”