Guardino replaces Gardenia in play


January 20, 1993

Film and stage actor Harry Guardino has replaced the late Vincent Gardenia in the touring production of "Breaking Legs." Mr. Gardenia, 71, died of a heart attack Dec. 9 after a Philadelphia performance of "Breaking Legs," just days after completing the show's run at the Morris Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore.

In the play, Mr. Guardino picks up the role of an Italian-American restaurant owner who begins to take on godfather airs after he invests in a Broadway show. The 68-year-old Mr. Guardino is best known for portraying tough-guy characters in movies such as "Dirty Harry," "The Enforcer" and "The Hell With Heroes."

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