Agostino Borgato

Agostino Borgato (June 30, 1871–March 14, 1939), sometimes known as Al Borgato, was an Italian actor and director, before moving to Hollywood in the mid-1920s. Borgato acted and/or directed about fifteen films in his native Italy between 1915 and 1922.[1] In the 1920s, he also acted on the stage in both Italy and England.[2] In 1925 Borgato immigrated to the United States, where he began his American acting career in Herbert Brenon's silent film, The Street of Forgotten Men.[3]

Agostino Borgato
BornJune 30, 1871
Venice, Italy
DiedMarch 14, 1939(1939-03-14) (aged 67)
Hollywood, California, United States
Years active1915–1939

His Hollywood career would last fourteen years, during which time he would appear in 45 films (although some sources have him in as many as 62 films),[1] having roles in such classic films as 1932's Murders in the Rue Morgue (starring Bela Lugosi, and the 1939 musical comedy version of The Three Musketeers (starring Don Ameche and The Ritz Brothers).[4]

His distinctive features and voice resulted from acromegaly. The Three Musketeers and Hotel Imperial were the last two films he worked on, and both were released on the same day, February 17, 1939, less than a month before Borgato would die of a heart attack on March 14.[2]


In Italy


  • L'ultimo cavaliere (1915) - actor
  • Estremo convegno (1915) - actor
  • The Sinful Woman (1916) - actor
  • Il vetturale del Moncenisio (1916) - actor
  • Buon sangue non mente (1916) - actor
  • Uragano (1918) - actor
  • Supremo olocausto (1918) - director
  • S.M il Danaro (1919) - director
  • S.A. l'Amore (1919) - director
  • Il cuore di Musette (1919) - director
  • Il ponte dei sospiri (1921) - actor
  • Il figlio (1921) - actor, director
  • Il trionfo di Ercole (1922) - actor

In the United States

(Per AFI database)[4]


  1. "Borgato, Agostino Biography". Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  2. "Agostino Borgato". Find a Grave. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  3. "The Street of Forgotten Men: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  4. "Agostino Borgato". American Film Institute. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
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