The Cirillo Brothers

The Four Cirillo Brothers, 192? to 193?

The Three Cirillo Brothers, 193? to 19??

The Cirillo Brothers, 19?? to 19??

In Memory of Charles Cirillo

Born: August 8, 1908, Springfield, Massachusetts
Died: December 4, 1999, Woodland Hills, California

The following obituary was placed in the Springfield, Massachusetts Union News on January 6, 2000.


WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Charles Cirillo, a veteran entertainer in vaudeville, film and television, died on Dec. 4 at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital. He was 91. Born in Springfield, Mass., he danced for pennies in the South End and made his vaudeville debut in an amateur talent contest in 1926, dancing the Charleston and tap dancing in wooden clogs. Shortly afterward, he and three brothers – Tony, Andy and Mickey – pooled their talents and became The Four Cirillo Brothers.

CHARLES CIRILLO (Charlie Cirillo)

Charles Cirillo, veteran vaudeville, film and TV entertainer whose career spanned seven decades, died Dec. 4 at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 91. 

A native of Springfield, Mass., Cirillo made his show business debut in 1926 in a Charleston dance contest where he tap danced in wooden clogs. 

Shortly after that, he and his three brothers began a singing, dancing and comedy vaudeville act that toured the United States on the Orpheum circuit, often playing on the same bill as Eddie Foy, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, and Burns and Allen. 

As the heyday of vaudeville ebbed, Cirillo relocated to Hollywood, where he accumulated acting credits including roles in “The Paleface,” “Sorrowful Jones,” “The Wild One,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Geisha Boy,” “The Great Escape,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Sting.”

He also essayed roles on numerous television shows such as “I Love Lucy,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Highway to Heaven” and “Murder, She Wrote.” 

Cirillo also served as Charles Bronson’s stand-in for a number of years and appeared in bits in many of Bronson’s films. 

Cirillo is survived by his wife of 52 years, Clara, two sons, a daughter and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Charles Cirillo was born on August 8, 1908 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. He is known for his work on Amazing Stories (1985), Richard Diamond, Private Detective(1957) and Square Dance Jubilee (1949). He died on December 4, 1999 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.


Tony Cirillo was born on November 14, 1910 in Massachusetts, USA as Anthony John Cirillo. He was an actor, known for A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1948), The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) and Sorrowful Jones (1949). He died on November 16, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

MICHAEL ANTHONY CIRILLO (Michael Cirillo, Mickey Cirillo)

Michael Cirillo was born on April 20, 1903 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA as Michael Anthony Cirillo. He was an actor, known for Front Page Detective (1951). He died on August 29, 1968 in South Pasadena, California, USA.

Joseph B. Cirillo


Joseph Bernard Cirillo 92 Ascended Into the Journey of Everlasting Life, early Sunday morning (Dec. 6, 2009). He was comforted and cared for by his devoted wife of 19 years the Love of His Life, Celia M. (Parisi) Cirillo. Joseph was born in East Boston, a son of the late Pasquale and Rosa Cirillo who came from Italy. He moved to Springfield in 1927 and was a resident of Agawam since 1995. At age 16, Joseph began a successful career working in Vaudeville. Known as “Joe the Jester”, he perfected his craft as an impersonator and a “One Man Band”. He caught the attention of Major Bowes who acknowledged him with a First Place Award for his talent. He would continue his career by being called upon by Betsy Mack, the sister of Ted Mack, to tour major cities throughout the East Coast providing laughter and joy to many , many audiences. During World War II Joseph served as a Medic in the United States Army, 38th Division. His dedicated tour of duty took him out to the Pacific Theater and the Marianna Island. He received an honorable discharge on July 21, 1945. Joseph worked for the U. S. Postal System for many years and retired in 1977. He was also a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church, Agawam. In addition to his parents, Joseph was predeceased by his first wife, Beatrice (Ruggiero) Cirillo; 3 brothers, Antonio Cirillo, Mario Cirillo, Rico Cirillo; 3 sisters, Philomena Torino, Rose DiSanti, and Palmina Rivard. Besides his wife Celia, Joseph leaves a daughter, Marianne Harrington of Spokane, Washington; a sister, Florence Buendo of Agawam; 2 grandchildren, Cecelia Harrington of Bellingham, Washington and Nicholas Harrington of Spokane, Washington; a special nephew, Anthony Cirillo and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. His funeral services will be held on Thursday 9:00 AM from Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home, 985 Main St., Agawam to be followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, Agawam. Burial with Military Honor will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, Springfield. Calling hours are Wednesday 4:00 – 8:00 in the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of Western Massachusetts, 1325 Springfield St., Suite 12, Feeding Hills, MA 01030.