Anthony Cardoza

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Anthony Cardoza
Anthony Cardoza as a KGB agent in The Beast of Yucca Flats.
Born May 26, 1930
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died December 7, 2015 (age 85)
Occupation Actor, film producer

Anthony "Tony" Cardoza (May 26, 1930 – December 7, 2015)[1] was an American actor and film producer.[2] A number of the B-movies that he produced are considered to be among the all-time worst, and were immortalized through Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Early years[edit]

Cardoza was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

Military service[edit]

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).

Manufacturing career[edit]

After his discharge from the Army, 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.

Film career[edit]

Cardoza 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 Red Zone Cuba.

Cardoza's work would be remembered in the 1990s television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, as four of his five films would be lampooned – his three collaborations with Coleman Francis, and The Hellcats.

Personal life[edit]

Cardoza was married to Allison Hurst, "an experienced auto racing driver.[3] They had a daughter, Kim.[4]


Cardoza died December 7, 2015, as a result of complications from a stroke.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Anthony Cardoza, 85". Classic Images (489): 46. March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Anthony Cardoza". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Dunn, Mary E. (July 27, 1973). "Focus on Studio City and Sherman Oaks". California, Van Nuys. The Van Nuys News. p. 48. Retrieved March 29, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Movie, Auto Racer Roles Reversed". California, Van Nuys. The Van Nuys News. December 12, 1972. p. 8. Retrieved March 29, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read

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