A Life Displayed in Pictures

Trumbull Resident Donald R. Scinto has his life story on his basement wall.

Don Scinto won't reveal his age (which stopped at 58), but you can see his life in posters and photos.

He has posters of himself boxing, running the Polka Dot Playhouse in Bridgeport and serving on the Board of Alderman in Bridgeport. He's even known some Penthouse girls.

And for 35 years, his job as Justice of the Peace has brought him to many interesting wedding ceremonies.

"It's a little hobby. You go to parties. You meet a lot of nice people," said Scinto.

He's performed costumed weddings, weddings in water, a wedding on a plane and a Lady Godiva wedding with a naked bride.

"I do what I have to do. I'm very accomodating," said Scinto, who insists he's 58 years old and has been that way for a long time. "When I do a wedding, I'm very theatrical."

In 1978, he wedded a Nichols woman to a Saudi prince.

He's also been in marketing, which provided his income for many years, and was director of the Bridgeport Parking Authority. Before he retired several years ago, he worked for state's Lottery Department. 

Scinto has also sang with Mario Lanza, and spent two years as a state sheriff ("the most horrible two years of my life," he said).

As a boxer, he was short and a lightweight but only lost one bout before quitting the sport. He also played football.

"I weighed 168 pounds. I was a linebacker," he said, adding that he started in the sport because of "guts a strong desire to play ball."

Scinto has run numerous local pageants for the Polka Dot Playhouse.

His wife, Marie, also had an illustrious career as Bridgeport's Republican Registrar and the first chairwoman of the state Republican Party.

Today he stays home to care for his wife, but said he's lived a full life.

"I have no regrets," he said.

Fred Day December 23, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Mr. Scinto claims to be age 58. Thus, that means he was born in 1953. Mario Lanza died on Oct 7, 1959, when Mr. Scinto was only 6 years old. So, he could not possibly have sung with Mario Lanza!!! That means he was a year younger than Damon Lanza, Mario's first son, and a year older than Marc Lanza, Mario's 2nd son. Perhaps he sang with Victor Lanza, the man who foolishly claimed to be Mario Lanza's illegitimate son, which has been proven false, beyond the shadow of even the slightest doubt. I presume Mr. Scinto is a baritone, is that correct?? Where can I hear some examples of his singing?? On youtube?? Most curious. Thank you. Ciao. Fred Day in Orlando, Florida. opuszero@yahoo.com
Joan December 23, 2011 at 01:01 AM
I believe the article is saying that he won't admit to his real age, but he basically stopped counting at 58. Sort of the way Jack Benny was perennially 39.
Fred Day December 23, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Joan: So, if that be so, let's assume that Mr. Scinto is 10 years older - age 68. So, he was only 16 when Mario Lanza died. I strongly suspect he never sang with Mario Lanza, at all!! Unless he sang along with a Mario Lanza record - even I have done that!! Ciao.
Susan December 23, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Mr. Scinto chose not to display his age so as not to shock you. He is indeed significantly older than he looks. Keep adding the decades and eventually you will get close to my handsome uncle's real age.
Fred Day December 23, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Susan: Thanks for your reply. So, Mr. Scinto is your uncle. I would therefore guess his age to be mid to late 70's. The question remains: Did he actually sing WITH Mario Lanza?? I am highly skeptical that he did. If he did, what was the date and place when and where that happened?? A concert?? Did they sing any duets?? I presume your uncle was a baritone?? Suffice it to say, I am a huge fan of Mario Lanza, and have been for 60 years. Please reply soon. Thank you. Ciao. Fred Day in Orlando, Florida (originally from Springfield, Mass.)
Donelle Toner December 24, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Okay gang, the operative word here is theatrical...Not many actors divulge their true age.
Donelle Toner December 24, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Don's voice was a pretty good match with Lanza's back in his heyday. Don sang Mario's songs, not with Lanza himself.
Fred Day December 25, 2011 at 11:52 PM
Donelle: Thanks for your reply. Thanks for the clarification. So Mr. Cinto, whom I presume is a tenor, sang a tribute to Lanza, on occasion. Many tenors have done that, and still do. However, Victor Lanza, now known as Leonardo Lamare, went too far by wrongly proclaiming himself to be Lanza's illegitimate son, which has been proven false. Anyway, where can one hear some samples of Mr. Scinto, singing?? On youtube?? Curious. Please reply soon. Thank you. Ciao. Fred Day.
Antiope Minerva May 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Leonardo Lamare, Victor Lanza, Victor Cocozza Lanza, Music Director Victor De'Angelo http://www.stargatemusicproductions.com He puts his music O sole mio as unknown artist His real name is Jose Victor Angulo Leon . He born in Sinaloa Mexico. He did many surgeries to look like Mario Lanza, and in 2009 in South America he did a plastic surgery to looks younger.
Susy G. February 26, 2013 at 07:48 PM
WoW! and to think that i lived with him for 8 years (1985) ( Victor Lanza, Leonardo Lamare ETC, ETC,ETC), he really made me believe in him and that Mario was his Father, i was very much in love with him, so i beleived in him! I was very young and stupid. I was only 24 he was 37, he even lied about the year he was born. Eventually i grew up and left him. I worked hard to keep us going, worked two jobs supported him, and found out later he was cheating on me.... probably with every woman he met!!. Sad! what comes around goes around. He must be almost close to 70 now like 69. I was with him when he did the Dimple on his Chin! Never new it was plastic surgery. Crazy!


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