January 11, 1912
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||January 29, 1994
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, stunt performer|
Nicholas Cuccia (pronounced coo-cha; January 11, 1912 – January 29, 1994), better known by his stage name Nick Cravat, was an American actor and stunt performer.
Cravat was born in New York City, New York. He took his stage name from a character in a play he had seen and liked.
Cravat and Burt Lancaster met as youngsters at a summer camp in New York and became lifelong friends. They created an acrobatic act called Lang and Cravat in the early 1930s, and joined the Kay Brothers circus in Florida. The pair worked at various circuses and in vaudeville. In 1939, Lancaster suffered a hand injury that ended their act. They would later reunite. He co-starred with Lancaster in nine films, including The Crimson Pirate, The Flame and the Arrow, and Run Silent, Run Deep. He played a mute character in several films such as The Flame and the Arrow, The Crimson Pirate, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, and the TV series The Count of Monte Cristo mostly because his thick Brooklyn accent would have been out of place. He also played the "gremlin" on the wing of an airplane in the 1963 Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".
Cravat had two daughters from his second and final marriage, Marcelina "Marcy" Cravat-Overway and Christina "Tina" Cravat, who also goes by the name Tina Cuccia. His first wife, Arlene, died in the 1950s.