Reni Santoni

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.

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Dirty Harry (1971)

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When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Andrew Robinson  •  John Vernon  •  Reni Santoni

When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Andrew Robinson  •  John Vernon  •  Reni Santoni

Rain Man (1988)

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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Tom Cruise  •  Valeria Golino  •  Gerald R. Molen

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Tom Cruise  •  Valeria Golino  •  Gerald R. Molen

28 Days (2000)

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After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen Cummings is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She chooses rehab, but is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs they have to offer, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Dominic West  •  Elizabeth Perkins

After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen Cummings is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She chooses rehab, but is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs they have to offer, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Dominic West  •  Elizabeth Perkins

Bad Boys (1983)

Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a rite of passage and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Rosenthal
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Reni Santoni  •  Jim Moody  •  Eric Gurry

Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a rite of passage and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Rosenthal
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Reni Santoni  •  Jim Moody  •  Eric Gurry

Cobra (1986)

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George P. Cosmatos
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Brigitte Nielsen  •  Reni Santoni  •  Andrew Robinson

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George P. Cosmatos
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Brigitte Nielsen  •  Reni Santoni  •  Andrew Robinson

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rachel Ward  •  Carl Reiner  •  Reni Santoni

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rachel Ward  •  Carl Reiner  •  Reni Santoni

Doctor Dolittle (1998)

A successful physician and devoted family man, John Dolittle seems to have the world by the tail, until a long suppressed talent he possessed as a child, the ability to communicate with animals is suddenly reawakened with a vengeance! Now every creature within ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Ossie Davis  •  Oliver Platt  •  Peter Boyle

A successful physician and devoted family man, John Dolittle seems to have the world by the tail, until a long suppressed talent he possessed as a child, the ability to communicate with animals is suddenly reawakened with a vengeance! Now every creature within ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Ossie Davis  •  Oliver Platt  •  Peter Boyle

Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)

A group of beavers ask Dr. Dolittle to save their habitat from loggers. The only hope is to get the forest preserved because it's the home of a protected bear, but there's a problem: the bear's the only bear in the forest, so she can't reproduce. Undaunted, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carr
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Kristen Wilson  •  Raven-Symoné  •  Kyla Pratt

A group of beavers ask Dr. Dolittle to save their habitat from loggers. The only hope is to get the forest preserved because it's the home of a protected bear, but there's a problem: the bear's the only bear in the forest, so she can't reproduce. Undaunted, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carr
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Kristen Wilson  •  Raven-Symoné  •  Kyla Pratt

Groundhog Day (1993)

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A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer, and his mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Ramis
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Chris Elliott  •  Stephen Tobolowsky

A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer, and his mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Ramis
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Chris Elliott  •  Stephen Tobolowsky

Summer Rental (1985)

Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to regain his pride and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Karen Austin  •  John Candy  •  Kerri Green  •  Joey Lawrence

Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to regain his pride and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Karen Austin  •  John Candy  •  Kerri Green  •  Joey Lawrence

The Late Shift (1996)

David Letterman vies with Jay Leno and his manager to succeed Johnny Carson, retiring from "The Tonight Show."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Kathy Bates  •  John Michael Higgins  •  Daniel Roebuck  •  Bob Balaban

David Letterman vies with Jay Leno and his manager to succeed Johnny Carson, retiring from "The Tonight Show."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Kathy Bates  •  John Michael Higgins  •  Daniel Roebuck  •  Bob Balaban

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

A disturbed and institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Kathleen Quinlan  •  Bibi Andersson  •  Ben Piazza  •  Lorraine Gary

A disturbed and institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Kathleen Quinlan  •  Bibi Andersson  •  Ben Piazza  •  Lorraine Gary

The Student Nurses (1970)

Follows the lives of a group of young nurses in Los Angeles, including a nurse who joins a band of revolutionaries, and one who finds herself succumbing to drugs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephanie Rothman
CAST:  Elaine Giftos  •  Karen Carlson  •  Brioni Farrell  •  Barbara Leigh

Follows the lives of a group of young nurses in Los Angeles, including a nurse who joins a band of revolutionaries, and one who finds herself succumbing to drugs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephanie Rothman
CAST:  Elaine Giftos  •  Karen Carlson  •  Brioni Farrell  •  Barbara Leigh

Cat Chaser (1989)

A Miami hotel owner finds danger when be becomes romantically involved with the wife of a deposed general from the Dominican Republic where he fought many years back.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abel Ferrara
CAST:  Peter Weller  •  Kelly McGillis  •  Charles Durning  •  Frederic Forrest

A Miami hotel owner finds danger when be becomes romantically involved with the wife of a deposed general from the Dominican Republic where he fought many years back.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abel Ferrara
CAST:  Peter Weller  •  Kelly McGillis  •  Charles Durning  •  Frederic Forrest

The Pawnbroker (1965)

A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Rod Steiger  •  Geraldine Fitzgerald  •  Brock Peters  •  Jaime Sánchez

A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Rod Steiger  •  Geraldine Fitzgerald  •  Brock Peters  •  Jaime Sánchez

Second Serve (1986)

Fact-based story about tennis pro Renee Richards, whose player status was challenged in 1976 when it was revealed that she was a trans woman. Flashback to 1964 before she was out as trans, a successful New York doctor with a great lifestyle, a flashy girl friend, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Martin Balsam  •  William Russ  •  Alice Krige

Fact-based story about tennis pro Renee Richards, whose player status was challenged in 1976 when it was revealed that she was a trans woman. Flashback to 1964 before she was out as trans, a successful New York doctor with a great lifestyle, a flashy girl friend, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Martin Balsam  •  William Russ  •  Alice Krige

Enter Laughing (1967)

David Kolowitz, a nice young man living with his parents in New York City in 1938, works at a machine repair shop. His parents want David to study to become a pharmacist. But what he really wants is to be an actor like his idol, Ronald Colman. One day, at his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  José Ferrer  •  Shelley Winters  •  Elaine May  •  Jack Gilford

David Kolowitz, a nice young man living with his parents in New York City in 1938, works at a machine repair shop. His parents want David to study to become a pharmacist. But what he really wants is to be an actor like his idol, Ronald Colman. One day, at his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  José Ferrer  •  Shelley Winters  •  Elaine May  •  Jack Gilford

Late Last Night (1999)

After a fight with his wife, who's leaving him, Dan's day is getting worse by the minute. He calls an old friend for a night of binge drinking and intoxication. They start a cathartic ride through the city's underbelly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Brill
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Steven Weber  •  Kelly Rowan  •  Leah Lail

After a fight with his wife, who's leaving him, Dan's day is getting worse by the minute. He calls an old friend for a night of binge drinking and intoxication. They start a cathartic ride through the city's underbelly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Brill
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Steven Weber  •  Kelly Rowan  •  Leah Lail

Anzio (1968)

Allied forces land at Anzio unopposed but instead of moving straight inland their commanding officer decides to dig in. A battle-hardened war correspondent borrows a jeep and drives to Rome and back without meeting any German forces, but his report on this absence ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Dmytryk  •  Duilio Coletti
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Peter Falk  •  Robert Ryan  •  Earl Holliman

Allied forces land at Anzio unopposed but instead of moving straight inland their commanding officer decides to dig in. A battle-hardened war correspondent borrows a jeep and drives to Rome and back without meeting any German forces, but his report on this absence ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Dmytryk  •  Duilio Coletti
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Peter Falk  •  Robert Ryan  •  Earl Holliman

Radioactive Dreams (1986)

After an atomic war Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler have spent 15 years on their own in an bunker, stuffed with junk from the 40s and old detective novels. Now, 19 years old, they leave their shelter to find a world full of mutants, freaks and cannibals. They ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Pyun
CAST:  John Stockwell  •  Michael Dudikoff  •  Lisa Blount  •  George Kennedy

After an atomic war Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler have spent 15 years on their own in an bunker, stuffed with junk from the 40s and old detective novels. Now, 19 years old, they leave their shelter to find a world full of mutants, freaks and cannibals. They ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Pyun
CAST:  John Stockwell  •  Michael Dudikoff  •  Lisa Blount  •  George Kennedy
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