Carl Princi

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Carl Victor Princi[1] was an actor and radio announcer.

Early life[edit]

Princi was born on September 27, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts to Joseph M. and Teresa M. Princi.[1] Princi had three brothers, one of whom was Peter W. Princi, Collector of Customs for the Port of Boston and a United States magistrate judge.[2]


Princi trained as an actor in Boston. He began acting at the age of 14 when he appeared in a cameo role in a WPA Theater project.[3]

Princi appeared in both film and television. He had a small role in the film version of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and appeared in episodes of Highway Patrol, I Led Three Lives, and Bewitched.[4]

Princi also served as a narrator for several television broadcasts of classical music.[3]


While at Boston University, Princi took a course in broadcasting, which led to a job at WESX.[3]

From 1952 to 1953, Princi was a bilingual presenter at KWKW. In 1953 he joined KFAC in Los Angeles, where he remained until 1987 when the station changed formats and fired all of its on-air talent. At KFAC, Princi hosted "World of Opera" and "Opera House" and conducted many of the station's interviews.[3]

In 1991 he returned to radio at KKGO as a staff announcer and host of "Sunday Evening at the Opera".[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

Princi died on May 1, 1992 at Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California due to complications of cancer.[3]

He was survived by his wife and their three daughters, one of whom is actress Elaine Princi.[3]


  1. ^ a b Armstrong, Alice Catt (1976). Who's who in California. Who's Who Historical Society. 
  2. ^ Coughlin, William P. (August 12, 1984). "Former US Magistrate Peter Princi, Presided at Ellsberg Bail Hearing". The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Folkart, Burt A. (May 5, 1992). "Carl Princi, 71; Voice of Opera on L.A. Radio". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Carl Princi (1920–1992)". IMDb., Inc. Retrieved May 19, 2013.