Job Actor
Years active 1926-1971
Known for Many ethnicities, various fiends and comic characters of vague foreign backgrounds
Top Roles Lorenzo, Tony, Arab Slave Dealer, Grand Vizier, Uncle Vince
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Crime, Action, Adventure, Comedy
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Drama), World War II
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Director), (Producer),
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J. Carrol Naish Overview:

Character actor, J. Carrol Naish, was born Joseph Patrick Carrol Naish on Jan 21, 1896 in New York City, NY. Naish died at the age of 77 on Jan 24, 1973 in La Jolla, CA and was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

MINI BIO:

You could never tell what swarthy American actor, J. Carrol Naish, would turn up as next. He played Italians, Indians, Orientals, Spaniards, Greeks, Mexicans and dozens of others -- besides ape-men, hunchbacks and various fiends and comic characters of vague foreign back grounds. Almost always hidden beneath make-up, people would have been hard-pressed to recognize Naish as himself. He was virtually lost to films after starting to play Charlie Chan on TV in 1958.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Naish was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1943Best Supporting ActorSahara (1943)GiuseppeNominated
1945Best Supporting ActorA Medal for Benny (1945)Charlie MartiniNominated
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J. Carrol Naish Quotes:

Leon: The slumming party in the kitchen is all over. Goodbye.


Ivy Corlane: You're very sexy, too, Leon.
Leon: Ha, it's true, I don't deny it. I was born that way.


Pierre Cauchon: Just who's side are you on?
John, Count of Luxembourg: The same side that we are all on - the *me* side.


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Hobbies: writing, singing, cooking, tennis and golf.

Best known for playing Latin, Arab, and East Indian characters.

He portrayed Dr. Daka, the first villain to go up against the Batman on the screen, in the serial Batman (1943).

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