Frank Puglia Overview:

Character actor, Frank Puglia, was born on Mar 9, 1892 in Sicily, Italy. Puglia died at the age of 83 on Oct 25, 1975 in South Pasadena, CA .

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By Caftan Woman on Jan 15, 2010 From Caftan Woman

March 9, 1892 - October 25, 1975 was born in Sicily and began his theatrical career at 15 years of age when he joined an opera company. Emigrating to the United States in 1907 he appeared in Italian language theatrical productions and learned his English from newspapers. D.... Read full article


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Frank Puglia Quotes:

Colorado Carson: We don't want to turn back.
Brother Tomas: Then go forward my children. Follow the trail over the pass... beyond the Canyon of the Dead.


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Don José Vargas: Here they come, these Americanos and their covered wagons. Pedro, the days of the Dons are numbered.


Dr. Leonardo: [as Ymir is regaining consciousness] Miserea cordia!


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Frank Puglia Facts
Originally cast as Bonasera the undertaker in 'The Godfather' (1972) , but illness forced him to withdraw from the role shortly before shooting began. He was replaced by Salvatore Corsitto.

Was performing as Pierre Forchard in a stage revival of "The Two Orphans" when he was noticed by D.W. Griffith. He hired Puglia to repeat his role in the film version retitled Orphans of the Storm (1921) starring the Gish sisters. His character dies in the original story, but audiences were so negative that Griffith had him retake the fade-out in which he survives.

Had a memorable bit as a Morroccan rug merchant who marks down prices to friends of Rick (Humphrey Bogart) in the classic film Casablanca (1942).

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