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.
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.
According to differing sources, either Don Francks or Dell was the uncredited actor providing the voice of Boba Fett, a Mandalorian bounty hunter, in the Star Wars Holiday Special.
Dell died in North Hollywood of leukemia in 1988 at age 68.
|1956||Armstrong Circle Theatre||Howard Mukluk Brown||Episode: “Operation Deep Freeze: Crash of the Otter”|
|1960||The Steve Allen Plymouth Show||The Burgomaster||1 Episode|
|1963||Naked City||Willie Corbin||Episode: “Man Without a Skin”|
|1965||Ben Casey||Michael M. Francini||Episode: “Francini? Who is Francini?”|
|1967||The Fugitive||Chester||Episode: “There Goes the Ball Game”|
|1967||Mannix||Alan Brewer||Episode: “Coffin for a Clown”|
|1969||The Governor and J.J.||Dr, Apthecker||Episode: “Cat on a Hot Tin Mansion”|
|1969||Then Came Bronson||Russ Faber||Episode: “Old Tigers Never Die–They Just Run Away”|
|1969||CBS Playhouse||Mickey||Episode: “Sadbird”|
|1970||I Dream of Jeannie||Arvel||Episode: “My Master, the Chili King”|
|1971||The Name of the Game||Rocco Amato||Episode: “Appointment in Palermo”|
|1971||McCloud||Ira Mastin||Episode: “Somebody’s Out to Get Jennie”|
|1972||The Corner Bar||Harry Grant||10 Episodes|
|1972-73||Sanford and Son||Gunman / Leader||2 Episodes: “The Suitcase Case” and “The Big Party”|
|1972||Banyon||Sam Whitney||Episode: “Meal Ticket”|
|1973||Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law||Matt Hanks||Episode: “An Often and Familiar Ghost”|
|1974||Nakia||Archie McIntosh||Episode: “No Place to Hide”|
|1975||Barney Miller||Al Shreiber||Episode: “Vigilante”|
|1976||Risko||Joe Risko||TV film|
|1976||Switch||Tony Adams||Episode: “The Things That Belong to Mickey Costello”|
|1976||Doc||Lindstrom||Episode: “The Westside Clinic and Deli”|
|1977||Star Wars Holiday Special||Boba Fett (voice)||TV special|
|1977||A Year at the Top||Frederick J. Hanover||Main Cast|
|1979||Legends of the Superheroes||Mordru||2 Episodes: “The Roast” and “The Challenge”|