Anthony "Tony" Cardoza (born 1930 in Hartford, Connecticut, US) is an American actor and film producer. He has worked on over a dozen films, but is perhaps best known for his three collaborations with Coleman Francis in the 1960s: The Beast of Yucca Flats, The Skydivers, and Night Train To Mundo Fine (also known as Red Zone Cuba).
Before becoming involved in the film industry, Cardoza was a Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Army 3rd infantry division, being a Sgt. Gunner on the 105mm Howitzer in the Korean War. He was awarded two Bronze Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, Korean War Medal, Sharp Shooters medal, Presidents Medal, The Sygmond Rhee Presidential Medal, The Asian War Medal, and others. Just prior to his Honorable Discharge, he was assigned to escort duty (escorting deceased soldiers to their loved ones).
After his discharge, Cardoza worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut, as a Heliarc welder on J-57 Jet engines, a trade he continued making a living from for a number of years into his show business career. However, in 1963, a doctor advised him to stop welding because of chalazion forming under his eyelids.
Selected Filmography: Motion Picture Credits:
- Final Curtain -(1957) - Ed Wood Production - Associate producer, actor
- Night Of The Ghouls -(1958) - Ed Wood Production - Associate Producer, actor
- The Beast of Yucca Flats- (1959-1960) – producer, actor
- The Skydivers (1963) – producer, actor
- Red Zone Cuba (1964) – producer, actor
- The Hellcats (1967) – producer, actor
- Bigfoot (1970) – producer, actor
- Outlaw Riders (1970) - producer
- Smokey And The Hotwire Gang producer/director (1977)
- Inside Out Upside Down (1979) Filmed in Boston, Quincy. - producer/director
- Crime Of Crimes(1987) Executive Producer in Charge Of Production
- Raw Force 1983 - production manager
- Heated Vengeance1984 - Philippines/ Thailand Production Co-Producer/Production Manager
- Misfit Patrol 1998 - producer/director
- The Joy Wilkerson TV Talk Variety Show - 46 episodes writer/producer/director (1974-1975)
- B-Monster: Profile: Anthony Cardoza's Tor of the Desert, by Tom Weaver
- Anthony Cardoza at the Internet Movie Database
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