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Johnny Roventini
Birth: Aug. 15, 1910
Sheepshead Bay
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 30, 1998
Chestnut Ridge
Rockland County
New York, USA

Advertising Icon. In 1933, 22 year old Johnny Roventini was being promoted as "the smallest bellboy in the world" (as he only stood 48 inches tall) by the Hotel New Yorker. He met advertising man Milton Biow, who gave him a dollar to "locate Philip Morris." Not knowing that Philip Morris was a cigarette, he walked through the hotel, shouting "Call for Philip Mor-rees." Thus began a career with a lifetime contract. He always appeared in his short jacketed bellboy outfit, and was the company's "living trademark." He was heard on live radio programs on on some of the most watched television shows of the 1950s and 1960s, such as "I Love Lucy" and "Candid Camera." He never married, and lived with his mother until her death in the 1960s. (bio by: Ginny M) 
 
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 Parents:
  Ettore Roventini (1853 - 1933)
  Allegra Roventini (1858 - 1928)
 
Burial:
Saint Charles Cemetery
East Farmingdale
Suffolk County
New York, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ginny M
Record added: Mar 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34978755
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Johnny Roventini
Added by: Ginny M
 
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- quebecoise
 Added: Jun. 22, 2015
John Louis Roventini AKA: Johnny Philip Morris.... CUT../ Take One....It was a pituitary gland disorder that halted his development before his voice changed and left him with a 12-year-old's body for the rest of his life, but it was his gregarious person...(Read more)
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Mar. 21, 2015

- David Eastburn
 Added: Mar. 4, 2015
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