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A cabaret artist with international exposure, Vintas conceived, wrote and performs his one-man show MERCI MAURICE, based on the life and songs of Maurice Chevalier. With a French and English song repertoire, Gustav captures the essence of that great performer. He is an habitue at Gardenia, and Cinegrill, in Hollywood, California, and Don't Tell Mama, in New York City. This production has earned him commendations around the world as well as from the Chevalier Estate.
Gustav Vintas, the Argentinean born, Canadian citizen and USA resident, is no foreigner to portraying characters of suave deception or sinister villainy.
In leading roles in film and television, Gustav has played an evil mercenary opposite Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon; a gangster opposite Scott Glenn in Verne Miller; a chauffeur and butler with a penchant for burying people alive in Midnight, co-starring with Lynn Redgrave and Tony Curtis; a co-conspirator kidnapping Linda Hamilton in the final two-hour Beauty and the Beast; opposite Victoria Principal in CBS' Mistress, and Angela Lansbury on Murder, She Wrote. After the success of Lethal Weapon, the film's director Richard Donner selected Gustav to play the lead role in Donner's episode of the first trilogy of his cult series Tales From The Crypt. Gustav recently completed work in the thriller Ringer, as well as in the action film American Hero. Vintas also hit the MTV airwaves as a commanding presence in the ground breaking Madonna video, Express Yourself.
He says he does not mind playing the villain. "I love these roles, and I know I am flexible enough to play other characters as well." Gustav does bridge these sinister roles with comedy. He was memorable as the doctor in Blake Edward's Micki and Maude with Dudley Moore and Amy Irving. Yet he does have a particularly menacing gleam and sly smile, with an accented baritone voice which has an air of sophistication and old world charm. These attributes won him the role as the real-life narco-terrorist, Pablo Escobar, in the Michael Mann, Emmy-nominated mini-series Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel, for which critics from such publications as Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, People and New York Magazine praised Vintas for his outstanding, multi-layered performance.
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