Jay Novello Overview:

Character actor, Jay Novello, was born Michael Romano on Aug 22, 1904 in Chicago, IL. Novello died at the age of 78 on Sep 2, 1982 in North Hollywood, CA .


Dark, scurrying, usually mustachioed little American actor, just as likely to be a dapper small-time crook or the unkempt Arab in the market-place trying to sell you his wares. Played many nationalities in his time - occasionally even his own! Fairly busy in films until 1966 (although almost always in small roles), and then increasingly tied up in television to the end of his career. Died from cancer.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Zacha: Meet my most valuable client, Johnny Tyronne. He is an American, which means nothing, but he is filthy rich, which means everything.

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Began his career on the stock stage in the Chicago area.

Little Italian-American character actor with big talent, especially when it came to playing a variety of nervous, shady-like foreigners.

One Daughter with Rose, named Yvonne Ann (Romano) Harscher.

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