Joseph V. Perry

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Joseph V. Perry
BornFebruary 13, 1931
DiedFebruary 23, 2000(2000-02-23) (aged 69)

Joseph V. Perry (February 13, 1931 – February 23, 2000) was an American actor possibly best known for his role as Nemo in Everybody Loves Raymond.



Perry began his acting career in his youth, winning the Glenn Ford Award at Santa Monica High School in California in 1949. His successes continued in 1952 when he was presented the best actor award at UCLA by Marlon Brando. Perry officially started his film career in 1955 at the age of 24 and spent the next 45 years appearing in literally hundreds of films and television shows from dramatic anthologies to westerns to medical dramas, police dramas to classic sitcoms. He got one of his first big roles when he appeared in The Twilight Zone. He was a dependable if not outstanding character actor and he appeared on many varied but popular shows such as Rawhide, Dr. Kildare, Official Detective, Bewitched, M*A*S*H, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Partridge Family. In the 1970s his visibility peaked with guest appearances on shows of the day like Mannix, Emergency!, The Streets of San Francisco, Sara, and Kojak. However, he failed to land any mainstream acting roles until 1978, when he got several roles in shows such as The Incredible Hulk, MacGyver, Cheers, Murder, She Wrote and Seinfeld. It was on the series Everybody Loves Raymond that he got his biggest break, when he gained the role of Nemo, a pizza restaurant owner. He started playing the role in 1998 and it lasted until his death in early 2000.


In February 2000, Perry, who had been suffering with diabetes, got worse and he died due to the illness 10 days after his 69th birthday. His character's last appearance in Everybody Loves Raymond was shown posthumously when his restaurant got bought out. Nemo's last two appearances were played by Robert Ruth. He is survived by 4 daughters and 1 son.


Year Title Role Notes
1958 The Left Handed Gun Clerk Uncredited
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told Archelaus Uncredited
1965 Lust and the Flesh Bob
1968 Don't Just Stand There Jean-Jacques
1968 A Lovely Way to Die Reporter Uncredited
1969 The Love God? Big Joe
1972 Stand Up and Be Counted Foreman Uncredited
1974 Herbie Rides Again First Cab Driver Uncredited
1977 The Domino Principle Bowkemp
1981 Longshot Marty
1988 Vibes Dave
1989 The Freeway Maniac Salesman
1989 Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II Merchant
1989 The Karate Kid Part III Uncle Louie LaRusso
1990 Repossessed Special Effects Man
1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux Singing Waiter

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