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  • BIRTH 20/01/1896
  • DEATH 24/01/1973
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 4
  • MOVIES 34

J. Carrol Naish

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Joseph Patrick Carrol Naish (January 21, 1896 – January 24, 1973) was an American character actor born in New York City, New York. Naish did many film roles, but they were eclipsed when he found fame in the title role of radio's Life with Luigi (1948–1953), which surpassed Bob Hope in the 1950 ratings.

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. In Paris after World War I, Naish formed his own song and dance act. 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.

His 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 in the 1943 film Sahara, then for his performance in the 1945 film A Medal for Benny, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture. He notably played Boris Karloff's hunchback assistant in The House of Frankenstein in 1944.

He was of Irish descent, but never used his dialect skills to play Irishmen, explaining, "When the part of an Irishman comes along, nobody ever thinks of me." Instead, he portrayed myriad other ethnic groups on screen: Latino, Native American, East Asian, Polynesian, Middle Eastern/North African, South Asian, Eastern European, and Mediterranean. Besides his film roles, he often appeared on television later in his career. He spent many of his later years in San Diego studying philosophy and theology.

Naish was married (1929–1973) to actress Gladys Heaney (1907–1987). They had one daughter.

For his contributions to television and film, J. Carrol Naish has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6145 Hollywood Boulevard.

J. Carrol Naish

Shows (4)

Wanted: Dead or Alive
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Miguel Ramierez
The Untouchables
The Untouchables
Joseph H. 'Joe' Bucco
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Bilejik
Burke's Law
Burke's Law
Mr. Toto

Movies (34)

Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan
Batouche
Rio Grande
Rio Grande
Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan
Captain Blood
Captain Blood
Cahusac
Sahara
Sahara
Giuseppe
The Charge of the Light Brigade
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Subahdar-Major Puran Singh
House of Frankenstein
House of Frankenstein
Daniel
Across the Wide Missouri
Across the Wide Missouri
Looking Glass
Dracula vs. Frankenstein
Dracula vs. Frankenstein
Dr. Duryea alias Frankenstein
Jackass Mail
Jackass Mail
Signor Michel O'Sullivan
Calling Dr. Death
Calling Dr. Death
Inspector Gregg
Jungle Woman
Jungle Woman
Dr. Carl Fletcher
King of Alcatraz
King of Alcatraz
Steve Murkil
Black Hand
Black Hand
Louis Lorelli
Rage at Dawn
Rage at Dawn
Simeon 'Sim' Reno
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
John, Count of Luxembourg, Joan's Captor
Strange Confession
Strange Confession
Roger Graham
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Grand Vizier
Enter Arsène Lupin
Enter Arsène Lupin
Ganimard
Blood and Sand
Blood and Sand
Garabato
Clash by Night
Clash by Night
Uncle Vince
The Beast of the City
The Beast of the City
Pietro Cholo
Beau Geste
Beau Geste
Rasinoff
The Fugitive
The Fugitive
A Police Informer
Violent Saturday
Violent Saturday
Chapman, Bank Robber
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
Richard Lane (Archive Footage)
Batman
Batman
Tito Daka
The Kissing Bandit
The Kissing Bandit
Chico
The Beast with Five Fingers
The Beast with Five Fingers
Police Commissario Ovidio Castanio
Gung Ho!
Gung Ho!
Lieutenant C.J. Cristoforos
The Last Trail
The Last Trail
John Ross
Humoresque
Humoresque
Rudy Boray
Denver and Rio Grande
Denver and Rio Grande
Gil Harkness
Tales of Manhattan
Tales of Manhattan
Burglar - Robber #1
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
Socrates Houlis