J. Carrol Naish

J. Carrol Naish

  • Born on
    • January 21st, 1896
  • Died on
    • January 24th, 1973
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Joseph Patrick Carrol Naish (January 21, 1896 – January 24, 1973) was an American character actor born in New York City, New York. Naish did many film roles, but they were eclipsed when he found fame in the title role of radio's Life with Luigi (1948–1953), which surpassed Bob Hope in the 1950 ratings. Naish appeared on stage for several years before he began his film career. He began as a member of Gus Edwards's vaudeville troupe of child performers. In Paris after World War I, Naish formed his own song and dance act. He was traveling the globe from Europe to Egypt to Asia, when his China-bound ship developed engine problems, leaving him in California in 1926. His uncredited bit role in What Price Glory (1926) launched his career in more than two hundred films. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the first for his role in the 1943 film Sahara, then for his performance in the 1945 film A Medal for Benny, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture. He notably played Boris Karloff's hunchback assistant in The House of Frankenstein in 1944. He was of Irish descent, but never used his dialect skills to play Irishmen, explaining, "When the part of an Irishman comes along, nobody ever thinks of me." Instead, he portrayed myriad other ethnic groups on screen: Latino, Native American, East Asian, Polynesian, Middle Eastern/North African, South Asian, Eastern European, and Mediterranean. Besides his film roles, he often appeared on television later in his career. He spent many of his later years in San Diego studying philosophy and theology. Naish was married (1929–1973) to actress Gladys Heaney (1907–1987). They had one daughter. For his contributions to television and film, J. Carrol Naish has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6145 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Acting (66 Credits)

1994That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1974That's Entertainment! as (archive footage) (uncredited)
1971Dracula vs. Frankenstein as Dr. Duryea alias Frankenstein
1957This Could Be the Night as Leon
1955Rage at Dawn as Simeon 'Sim' Reno
1955New York Confidential as Ben Dagajanian
1955The Last Command as General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
1955Violent Saturday as Chapman, Bank Robber
1955Hit the Deck as Mr. Peroni
1954Sitting Bull as Sitting Bull
1954Saskatchewan as Batouche
1953Beneath the 12-Mile Reef as Socrates Houlis
1952Clash by Night as Uncle Vince
1951Across the Wide Missouri as Looking Glass
1950Black Hand as Louis Lorelli
1950Annie Get Your Gun as Chief Sitting Bull
1950The Toast of New Orleans as Nicky Duvalle
1950Please Believe Me as 'Lucky' Reilly
1950Rio Grande as Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan
1949Canadian Pacific as Dynamite Dawson
1949That Midnight Kiss as Papa Donnetti
1948The Kissing Bandit as Chico
1948Joan of Arc as John, Count of Luxembourg, Joan's Captor
1947The Fugitive as A Police Informer
1946Humoresque as Rudy Boray
1946The Beast with Five Fingers as Police Commissario Ovidio Castanio
1945Star in the Night as Nick Catapoli
1945The Southerner as Devers
1945Strange Confession as Roger Graham
1944House of Frankenstein as Daniel
1944The Monster Maker as Dr. Igor Markoff
1944The Whistler as The Killer
1944Dragon Seed as Japanese Kitchen Overseer
1943Calling Dr. Death as Inspector Gregg
1943Batman as Tito Daka
1943Sahara as Giuseppe
1943'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders as Lieutenant C.J. Cristoforos
1942The Pied Piper as Aristide Rougeron
1942Tales of Manhattan as Burglar - Robber #1
1941The Corsican Brothers as Lorenzo
1941That Night in Rio as Machado
1941Blood and Sand as Garabato
1940Down Argentine Way as Casiano
1939Beau Geste as Rasinoff
1939Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police as Richard Lane (Archive Footage)
1938Bulldog Drummond in Africa as Richard Lane
1937Bulldog Drummond Comes Back as Mikhail Valdin
1937Think Fast, Mr. Moto as Adram
1936Charlie Chan at the Circus as Tom Holt
1936The Charge of the Light Brigade as Subahdar-Major Puran Singh
1936Anthony Adverse as Major Doumet
1935Black Fury as Steve Croner
1935Front Page Woman as Robert Cardoza
1935Special Agent as Joe Durell
1935The Lives of a Bengal Lancer as Grand Vizier
1935Captain Blood as Cahusac
1934Upperworld as Lou Colima
1934British Agent as Commissioner of War Trotsky
1933The World Gone Mad as Ramon Salvadore
1933Ann Vickers as Dr. Sorelle
1932Two Seconds as Tony
1932Tiger Shark as Tony
1932The Hatchet Man as Sun Yat Ming
1932The Kid from Spain as Pedro
1932The Beast of the City as Pietro Cholo
1932Big City Blues as Bootlegger (uncredited)

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