J. Carrol Naish
|J. Carrol Naish|
from the trailer for Hit the Deck (1955)
|Born||Joseph Patrick Carroll Naish|
January 21, 1896
New York City, U.S.
|Died||January 24, 1973 (aged 77)|
La Jolla, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles|
|Other names||Carol Naish|
Gladys Heaney (m. 1929–1973)
|Awards||Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (1944)|
Joseph Patrick Carroll Naish (January 21, 1896 – January 24, 1973), known professionally as J. Carrol Naish, was an American character actor. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award for film roles, and he later found fame in the title role of CBS Radio's Life with Luigi (1948–1953).
He was born in New York City, son of Patrick Naish, who had emigrated from County Limerick, Ireland in about 1890. Patrick was a nephew of John Naish, Lord Chancellor of Ireland. 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. After World War I, Naish formed his own song and dance act in Paris. 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.
Naish's 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 as Giuseppe in the movie Sahara (1943) in which he delivers one of the most moving speeches in any wartime film:
Mussolini is not so clever like Hitler, he can dress up his Italians only to look like thieves, cheats, murderers, he cannot like Hitler make them feel like that. He cannot like Hitler scrape from their conscience the knowledge right is right and wrong is wrong, or dig holes in their heads to plant his own Ten Commandments- Steal from thy neighbor, Cheat thy neighbor, Kill thy neighbor! But are my eyes blind that I must fall to my knees to worship a maniac who has made of my country a concentration camp, who has made of my people slaves? Must I kiss the hand that beats me, lick the boot that kicks me? NO!
The second was for his performance as the title character's Hispanic father in the movie A Medal for Benny (1945). For the latter film, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.
He often played villains from gangsters in numerous Paramount pictures to mad scientists, such as Dr. Daka in the Batman film serial. In the 1940s Naish was a supporting character in a number of horror films. He played Boris Karloff's assistant in House of Frankenstein (1944).
Of Irish descent, he rarely played an Irishman, explaining, "When the part of an Irishman comes along, nobody ever thinks of me."[a] He portrayed numerous other ethnicities including Southern European, Eastern European, Latin American, Native American, Middle Eastern, South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander—even African American, which earned him the moniker "Hollywood's one-man U.N.".
On radio, Naish starred as Luigi Basco on the popular CBS program Life with Luigi (1948–1953). Luigi's popularity resulted in a CBS television series of the same name, with Naish reprising his role.
In 1971, he appeared in his final film role, Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971), as a mad scientist; a role descended from the original Dr. Frankenstein takes to murdering young women for experimentation in hopes of reviving his ancestor's creation, with help from his mute assistant, played by Lon Chaney Jr., whose film appearance was also his last.
Naish was married (from 1929 until his death) to actress Gladys Heaney (1907–1987); they had one daughter, Elaine.
Naish retired to San Diego, CA and died of emphysema on January 24, 1973, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in the northern community of La Jolla, California, three days after his 77th birthday. He is interred at Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California. For his contributions to television, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6145 Hollywood Boulevard.
|1926||What Price Glory||French Soldier||Uncredited|
|1930||Cheer Up and Smile||Bit Part||Uncredited|
|1931||The Royal Bed||Laker||Credited as Carrol Naish|
|1931||Tonight or Never||Radio Announcer||Uncredited|
|1931||The Finger Points||Phone Voice ("The Finger is on You")||Uncredited|
|1932||The Hatchet Man||Sun Yat Ming||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
Alternative title: The Honorable Mr. Wong
|1932||The Beast of the City||Cholo|
|1932||The Mouthpiece||Tony Rocco||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1932||Two Seconds||Tony||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1932||Big City Blues||Bootlegger||Uncredited|
|1932||Tiger Shark||Tony||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1932||The Kid from Spain||Pedro|
|1932||Frisco Jenny||Ed Harris||Uncredited|
|1933||No Other Woman||Bonelli|
|1933||The Past of Mary Holmes||Gary Kent|
|1933||Central Airport||Drunk in wreck||Uncredited|
|1933||The World Gone Mad||Ramon Salvadore|
|1933||Elmer, the Great||Jerry||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1933||Arizona to Broadway||Tommy Monk|
|1933||Captured!||Cpl. Guarand||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1933||Ann Vickers||Dr. Sorelle||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1933||The Mad Game||Chopper Allen|
|1933||Havana Widows||First Taxi Driver||Uncredited|
|1933||The Mystery Squadron||Collins||Film serial|
|1934||Murder in Trinidad||Duval|
|1934||British Agent||Commissioner of War Trotsky||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1934||Maria Galante||French Sailor Painting Ship||Uncredited|
|1935||The Lives of a Bengal Lancer||Grand Vizier|
|1935||Black Fury||Steve Croner|
|1935||Front Page Woman||Robert Cardoza||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1935||The Crusades||Arab Slave Dealer||Uncredited|
|1935||Little Big Shot||Bert||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1935||Special Agent||Joe Durell||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1935||Captain Blood||Cahusac||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1936||Two in the Dark||Burt Mansfield|
|1936||Charlie Chan at the Circus||Tom Holt|
|1936||Anthony Adverse||Maj. Doumet||Credited as J. Carroll Naish|
|1936||The Charge of the Light Brigade||Subahdar-Major Puran Singh|
|1937||Border Cafe||Rocky Alton|
|1937||Think Fast, Mr. Moto||Adram|
|1937||Sea Racketeers||Harry Durant|
|1937||Bulldog Drummond Comes Back||Mikhail Valdin|
|1937||Daughter of Shanghai||Frank Barden|
|1938||Her Jungle Love||Kuasa|
|1938||Bulldog Drummond in Africa||Richard Lane|
|1938||King of Alcatraz||Steve Murkil|
|1939||Island of Lost Men||Gregory Prin|
|1940||Queen of the Mob||George Frost|
|1940||Golden Gloves||Joe Taggerty|
|1940||Down Argentine Way||Casiano|
|1941||That Night in Rio||Machado|
|1941||Blood and Sand||Garabato|
|1941||Forced Landing||Andros Banshek|
|1941||Birth of the Blues||Blackie|
|1941||The Corsican Brothers||Lorenzo|
|1942||A Gentleman at Heart||Gigi|
|1942||Sunday Punch||Matt Bassler|
|1942||Jackass Mail||Signor Michel O'Sullivan|
|1942||The Pied Piper||Aristide Rougeron|
|1942||Tales of Manhattan||Costello|
|1942||Dr. Renault's Secret||Noel|
|1943||Batman||Dr. Tito Daka/Prince Daka||Film serial|
|1943||Behind the Rising Sun||Reo Seki|
|1943||Sahara||Giuseppe||Nominated: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1943||Calling Dr. Death||Inspector Gregg|
|1943||Gung Ho!||Lt. C.J. Cristoforos|
|1944||Voice in the Wind||Luigi|
|1944||The Whistler||The Killer|
|1944||The Monster Maker||Dr. Igor Markoff|
|1944||Jungle Woman||Dr. Carl Fletcher|
|1944||Waterfront||Dr. Karl Decker|
|1944||Dragon Seed||Japanese Kitchen Overseer|
|1944||Enter Arsène Lupin||Ganimard|
|1944||House of Frankenstein||Daniel|
|1945||A Medal for Benny||Charley Martin||Won: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|
Nominated: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
|1945||Strange Confession||Roger Graham||Alternative title: The Missing Head|
|1945||Star in the Night||Nick Catapoli||Short film|
|1946||Bad Bascomb||Bart Yancy|
|1946||The Beast with Five Fingers||Police Commissario Ovidio Castanio|
|1947||Carnival in Costa Rica||Papa Rico Molina|
|1947||The Fugitive||A Police Informer|
|1948||Joan of Arc||John, Count of Luxembourg (Joan's captor)|
|1948||The Kissing Bandit||Chico|
|1949||Canadian Pacific||Dynamite Dawson|
|1949||That Midnight Kiss||Papa Donnetti|
|1950||Black Hand||Louis Lorelli|
|1950||Please Believe Me||"Lucky" Reilly|
|1950||Annie Get Your Gun||Chief Sitting Bull|
|1950||The Toast of New Orleans||Nicky Duvalle|
|1950||Rio Grande||Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan|
|1951||Across the Wide Missouri||Looking Glass|
|1952||Denver and Rio Grande||Gil Harkness|
|1952||Clash by Night||Uncle Vince|
|1952||The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima||Narrator||Uncredited|
|1953||Beneath the 12-Mile Reef||Socrates "Soc" Houlis|
|1954||Sitting Bull||Sitting Bull|
|1955||New York Confidential||Ben Dagajanian|
|1955||Hit the Deck||Mr. Peroni|
|1955||Rage at Dawn||Simeon "Sim" Reno|
|1955||Violent Saturday||Chapman, Bank Robber|
|1955||The Last Command||General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana|
|1956||Rebel in Town||Bedloe Mason|
|1956||Yaqui Drums||Yacqi Jack|
|1957||This Could Be the Night||Leon|
|1957||The Young Don't Cry||Plug|
|1961||Force of Impulse||Antonio Marino|
|1971||Dracula vs. Frankenstein||Dr. Frankenstein, aka Dr. Duryea|
|1952–1953||Life with Luigi||Luigi Basco||Unknown episodes|
|1956||Climax!||Mr. Combie||Episode: "An Episode of Sparrows"|
|1956||The Alcoa Hour||Murillo||Episode: "Key Largo"|
|1956||Crossroads||Rabbi Arnold Fischel||2 episodes, including "The White Carnation"|
|1957–1958||The New Adventures of Charlie Chan||Charlie Chan||39 episodes|
|1957||The Texan||Walt Pierce||Episode: "The First Notch"|
|1958||Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse||Papa||Episode: "My Father, the Fool"|
|1958||Wanted: Dead or Alive||Miguel Ramierez||Episode: "Ricochet"|
|1958||Cimarron City||Rare Crowder||Episode: "The Blood Line"|
|1959||The Restless Gun||Maj. Quint Langley||Episode: "Blood of Courage"|
|1959||Whirlybirds||Taylor||Episode: "Two of a Kind"|
|1959–1960||Wagon Train||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1960||The Untouchables||Joe Bucco||Episode: "The Noise of Death"|
|1960–1961||Guestward, Ho!||Hawkeye||38 episodes|
|1963||Route 66||Mike Donato||Episode: "And Make Thunder His Tribute"|
|1964||The Hanged Man||Uncle Picaud||Television film|
|1964||Burke's Law||Mr. Toto||Episode: "Who Killed Supersleuth?"|
|1965||I Dream of Jeannie||Bilejik||Episode: "Djinn and Water"|
|1966||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Uncle Giuliano||Episode: "The Super-Colossal Affair"|
|1967||Green Acres||Chief Yellow Horse||Episode: "It's So Peaceful in the Country"|
|1969||Bonanza||Anselmo||Episode: "A Severe Case of Matrimony"|
|1968||Get Smart||Sam Vittorio||Episode: "The Secret of Sam Vittorio"|
|1946||The Fifth Horseman||Aftermath|
|1953||Family Theater||Two Tickets for Stockholm|
- Thise, Mark (2008). Hollywood Winners & Losers A to Z. Limelight Editions/Hal Leonard. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-87910-351-4.
- Erickson, Hal. "J. Carrol Naish – Biography". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-07.
- "Character Actor J. Carrol Naish Dies". The Washington Post. January 27, 1973. p. B10.
Among the hundreds of roles he played over the years...were members of enough nationalities to win him the title of 'Hollywood's one-man U.N.'
- Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. pp. 397–398. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
- Candeloro, Dominic L. (2011). "What Luigi Basco Taught America About Italian Americans". In Connell, William J.; Gardaphé, Fred. Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-31636-2.
- J. Carrol Naish at the Internet Broadway Database
- Rawitch, Robert (January 27, 1973). "J. Carrol Naish". Hollywood Star Walk. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
- Kirby, Walter (February 3, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 40. Retrieved June 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kirby, Walter (March 1, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 46. Retrieved June 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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