Character actor, Joseph Calleia, was born Joseph Spurin-Calleia on Aug 4, 1897 in St. Julians, Malta. Calleia died at the age of 78 on Oct 31, 1975 in Valletta, Malta .
Dark-haired and mustachioed, Joseph Calleia, was a somewhat shifty-eyed Hollywood actor who forsook an operatic career to play dozens of swarthy, greasy, smiling and almost always untrustworthy types in gangster films and westerns. His sharp voice was often to be heard in films over a tuxedo, running nightclubs or saloons.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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For Your Consideration:By Caftan Woman on Aug 10, 2009 From Caftan Woman
A bust of Malta's favourite son in front of his birthplace.Project intiated in 2005 by 17 year old fan Eman Bonnici.August 4, 1897 - October 31, 1975Caftan Woman's dilemma: in my series "For Your Consideration" I want to spotlight one special performance of the wonderful character act... Read full article
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Vasquez: Hanging is such an unpleasant death. Besides, a hanged man always dies alone. I much prefer dying in the company of decent citizens like you... always provided I'm the last to die.
Rubriz: So what do they call you?
Rubriz: Choya. It is a name I have heard. Not too often. Not with the biggest reputation. Small things with a gun.
Choya: Big enough that the Rangers want to do a little hanging.
Rubriz: Me they wish to hang a thousand times.
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