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Dino Spumoni
Dino Spumoni
OccupationSinger;
Composer
FamilyEx-wives: Candy Maldonado and Bunny

Daughter: Nancy Spumoni Stepson: Jimmy Maldonado

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Voiced byRick Corso, Michael B. Levin (singing), Alan Paul (singing)

Dino Spumoni is a fictional character in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.

Biography

Dino is a Big band hit Swing music singer of Italian-American heritage whose career, manner, and persona are loosely based on a combination of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. He is often presented as a "has been" whose career is largely behind him because of his attempts to latch on to a trend as opposed to honing his act (case in point, the rap-flavored "Tripping With Dino" which alienated old fans and won no new ones).

Spumoni is said to have been married and divorced five times (with the most recent marriage being to beautician Candy Maldonado); Spumoni especially despises his second wife (whom he cuts from his will).

In the episode "Dino Checks Out", Spumoni, out of desperation, fakes his own death in order to gain more popularity by jumping off his yacht, hoping to experience a massive rise of post mortem popularity which was experienced by other recording artists (for example: Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and Tupac Shakur). Spumoni makes Arnold the sole recipient of all future album sales, and moves back into the boarding house to hide. The rest of the boarders merely assume that Dino is a ghost. Ultimately, Arnold, and jealousy over a Dino impersonator (a spoof of the many Elvis impersonators) convince Spumoni to abandon his plan — and confirm that he has faked his own death. The first to forgive him was Don Reynolds. His most famous song was "You Better Not Touch My Gal".

When Arnold volunteers to hire entertainment for the school dance at P.S. 118, he requests Spumoni. Initially, Spumoni rejects Arnold's plea, however soon comes around because of depression. When Spumoni gets to the dance, he plays sad, depressing songs, and the students have no fun and hate the music. Arnold talks to Dino and convinces him that he is not washed up and people still like his old music. Dino plays up-tempo happy music the rest of the dance and the students have a great time.

Ernie plays his music whenever he's about to knock a building down ("The Old Building"). Back in his early days, he stayed at the Sunset Arms ("Partners"). As seen in the episodes in which he appears, Dino appears to be good friends with Arnold.

Trivia

  • Among his possessions, Dino owns a copy of I The Jury by Mickey Spilante.
  • Dino's name might be a reference to "dinosaur" being a slang term for a washed-up person.
  • Dino's name bears signifigant similarity to real-life lounge artist Dion Dimucci and singer-songwriter Dino Valenti.

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