J. Carrol Naish
(aka Carroll Naish, J. Carroll Naish)
January 21, 1900 - January 24, 1973
Born Joseph Carrol Naish in New York City, USA
Two Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations: Sahara (1943) and A Medal for Benny (1945)
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A Lot of Favorite Memories of J. Carrol Naish
- As "Sun Yat Ming," executed by his boyhood friend in a grim drama about the San Francisco Tong Wars, The Hatchet Man (1932),
starring Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young, and directed by William A. Wellman.
- As "Pietro Cholo," one of the vicious gangsters shooting it out with the police in The Beast of the City (1932), directed by Charles Brabin.
Starring Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford and Jean Hersholt.
- As "Collins" in Mascot's aviation adventure serial The Mystery Squadron (1933), directed by Colbert Clark and David Howard.
The high-flying action cast includes Bob Steele, Big Boy Williams, Lucile Browne, Jack Mulhall, Purnell Pratt, Robert Frazer,
Bob Kortman, Lafe McKee, Edward Hearn, Kernan Cripps, Edward Peil Sr., Jack Mower and Jack Perrin.
- As "Steve Scola" in Return of the Terror (1934), about an escaped lunatic inventor of a futuristic X-ray machine
who stalks his victims in a spooky mansion.
Directed by Howard Bretherton, with Mary Astor, Lyle Talbot, John Halliday, Frank McHugh, Robert Barrat, Irving Pichel, George E. Stone, Frank Reicher,
Robert Emmett O'Connor, Renee Whitney, Etienne Girardot, Maude Eburne and Charley Grapewin.
- As an Arab slave dealer in the historical epic The Crusades (1935), directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
Starring Loretta Young and Henry Wilcoxon, and featuring many familiar faces including Ian Keith, C. Henry Gordon, C. Aubrey Smith,
Katherine DeMille, Joseph Schildkraut, Alan Hale, Montagu Love, Lumsden Hare, William Farnum, Hobart Bosworth,
Pedro de Cordoba, Mischa Auer, Richard Alexander, John Carradine, Emma Dunn, J. Carrol Naish, Ann Sheridan,
Josef Swickard and Guy Usher.
The usual run-of-DeMille production values, top of the line.
- As "Cahusac," second-in-command to a dashing French pirate in Warner Bros.' swashbuckling classic, Captain Blood (1935),
directed by Michael Curtiz, from a novel by Rafael Sabatini.
Starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill and Basil Rathbone,
with a barrel of rum supporting characters including Ross Alexander, Guy Kibbee, Henry Stephenson, Robert Barrat, Hobart Cavanaugh, Donald Meek,
Jessie Ralph, Forrester Harvey, Frank McGlynn Sr., Holmes Herbert, Pedro de Cordoba, Harry Cording, Leonard Mudie, Ivan Simpson,
E.E. Clive, Reginald Barlow, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard. Halliwell Hobbes, Frank Puglia, Tom Steele and Jim Thorpe.
- As the notorious Old California bandito "Three Fingered Jack" in the stirring saga of another famous real-life western outlaw,
Joaquin Murrieta, the Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936), directed by William A. Wellman.
Starring Warner Baxter, Ann Loring, Bruce Cabot and Margo, with Edgar Kennedy, Charles Trowbridge,
Harvey Stephens, Francis McDonald, Kay Hughes, Paul Hurst, Harry Woods, Frank Campeau, Pedro de Cordoba and Nigel De Brulier.
- As animal trainer "Tom Holt," one of the suspects in Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936), directed by Harry Lachman.
Starring Warner Oland and Keye Luke as Charlie Chan and Lee Chan, with George Brasno, Olive Brasno, Francis Ford,
Maxine Reiner , John McGuire, Shirley Deane, Boothe Howard, Wade Boteler and Franklyn Farnum.
- As faithful Bengali "Subahdar-Major Puran Singh," heartbreaking in his grief over the murder of his wife and son
in the Chokati massacre, in Warner Bros.' stirring historical action-epic The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936).
Inspired by the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and directed by Michael Curtiz, with spectacular second-unit direction by B. Reeves Eason.
Starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson, David Niven, Donald Crisp and C. Henry Gordon,
with a dashing supporting cast including Nigel Bruce, Robert Barrat, Spring Byington, E.E. Clive,
Lumsden Hare, Holmes Herbert, Brandon Hurst, Frank Lackteen and Michael Visaroff.
- As "Operative #77" in the spy adventure Crack-Up (1936), directed by Malcolm St. Clair.
Starring Peter Lorre, Brian Donlevy, Ralph Morgan and Lester Matthews..
- As "Adram," a shopkeeper, in the first of eight fine mystery-adventures
starring Peter Lorre as the formidable Japanese detective Kentaro Moto,
Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937), directed by Norman Foster.
With Thomas Beck, Virginia Field , Sig Ruman, Lotus Long, William Law , Richard Alexander, Frederick Vogeding,
Bert Roach, Virginia Sale and Philip Ahn.
- As the suave but deadly-serious villain "Mikhail Valdin" in Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937), directed by Louis King.
Starring John Howard as Drummond, John Barrymore as Colonel Neilson and Louise Campbell as Phyllis Clavering,
smashingly supported by Reginald Denny, E.E. Clive, Zeffie Tilbury, John Sutton, Forrester Harvey, Lucien Littlefield, Frank Puglia and Nydia Westman.
- Back for another go at it as "Richard Lane" in Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938), directed by Louis King.
This time we have John Howard, H.B. Warner as Colonel Nielsen and Heather Angel as Phyllis Clavering,
with Reginald Denny, E.E. Clive, Anthony Quinn, Michael Brooke, Matthew Boulton, Neil Fitzgerald, Fortunio Bonanova, Leonard Carey,
Forrester Harvey, Paul Porcasi and Konstantin Shayne.
- As the hyena-like legionaire "Rasinoff" in the classic Foreign Legion adventure Beau Geste (1939), directed by William A. Wellman.
Starring Gary Cooper, Ray Milland and Robert Preston as the Geste brothers, Brian Donlevy as the cruel commandant,
and a legion of familiar faces including Susan Hayward, Albert Dekker, Broderick Crawford, Charles Barton, James Stephenson, Heather Thatcher,
James Burke, Harold Huber, Donald O'Connor, Stanley Andrews, Harry Woods, Henry Brandon, Bob Kortman,
Francis McDonald, Nestor Paiva and Harry Worth.
- As "Costello," a thief who loses the loot when he sets his tailcoat on fire, in Tales of Manhattan (1942),
a star-packed episodic film centering on the successive owners of an article of clothing, directed by Julien Duvivier.
The great cast includes Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Edward G. Robinson,
Paul Robeson, Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette , Cesar Romero, Roland Young,
Victor Francen, George Sanders, James Gleason, Harry Davenport, J. Carrol Naish, Sig Arno, Morris Ankrum, Clarence Muse,
Don Beddoe, E.E. Clive, W.C. Fields and Rondo Hatton!
- As "Noel," a lonely servant who slowly realizes that he was transformed from an ape by his scientist master,
in Dr. Renault's Secret (1942), directed by Harry Lachman.
Based on a novel by Gaston (The Phantom of the Opera) Leroux.
Starring George Zucco, Shepperd Strudwick, Lynne Roberts, Mike Mazurki, Jack Norton, Bert Roach, Arthur Shields and Ray Corrigan (in his gorilla suit).
- As one of the greatest cliffhanger villains, Axis spy "Dr. Tito Daka," in the wartime serial The Batman (1943) directed by Lambert Hillyer,
and based on the comic book superheroes by Bob Kane.
With Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft as Batman and Robin, Shirley Patterson, George Chesebro, Dick Curtis, Kenne Duncan,
Sam Flint, Terry Frost, Earle Hodgins, Mauritz Hugo, Jack Ingram, I. Stanford Jolley, George J. Lewis, Tom London, Bud Osborne,
Stanley Price and Frank Shannon.
- In his first Best-Supporting-Actor-nominated performance as "Giuseppe,"
the good-hearted Italian prisoner of a besieged American tank crew in Warner Bros. wartime adventure Sahara (1943), directed by Zoltan Korda.
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, Lloyd Bridges, Rex Ingram, Richard Nugent, Dan Duryea, Carl Harbord, Patrick O'Moore,
Louis Mercier, Guy Kingsford, Kurt Kreuger and John Wengraf.
- As "Inspector Gregg," investigating a man accused of murdering his wife in Universal's first "Inner Sanctum" programmer,
Calling Dr. Death (1943), directed by Reginald Le Borg.
Starring Lon Chaney Jr., Patricia Morison, David Bruce, Ramsay Ames, Fay Helm, Holmes Herbert, Alec Craig,
Frederick Giermann, Lisa Golm, Charles Wagenheim, Mary Hale and George Eldredge.
- As "The Killer," a hitman whose identity is unknown, hired to kill a man who wants to commit suicide —
but then finds a reason to live — in the suspenseful The Whistler (1944), an early effort by director William Castle based on popular radio mystery series.
The "Whistler" film series showcased Richard Dix, but not as the title character;
he plays a different character in each one, sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes in between.
Dix and Naish get fine support in this one from Gloria Stuart, Robert Emmett Keane, Alan Dinehart, Cy Kendall,
Billy Benedict, Otto Forrest (The Whistler), Don Costello, Charles Coleman, George Lloyd, Joan Woodbury , Byron Foulger and Trevor Bardette.
- As "Dr. Igor Markoff," a mad doctor who intentionally disfigures a concert pianist with a horrible disease
because he is obsessed with the musician's daughter, in PRC's The Monster Maker (1944), directed by Sam Newfield.
With Ralph Morgan as the acromegalic pianist, Tala Birell, Wanda McKay, Terry Frost, Sam Flint and Glenn Strange.
- As "Dr. Fletcher," a kindly doctor who continues the work of a dead scientist after reviving his female weregorilla lab experiment,
in the second of Universal's three "Paula the Ape Girl" films, Jungle Woman (1944), directed by directed by Reginald Le Borg.
Balderdash, but kinda fun, with a good cast (some in stock footage from the previous film) including Acquanetta (as Paula), Evelyn Ankers, Samuel S. Hinds,
Lois Collier, Milburn Stone, Douglass Dumbrille, Richard Davis, Nana Bryant, Pierre Watkin, Christian Rub, Alec Craig,
Edward M. Hyans, Jr., Richard Powers, Clyde Beatty , John Carradine, Heinie Conklin, Nolan Leary, Charles Marsh and Ray Walker.
- As "Dr. Carl Decker" in PRC's wartime spy thriller Waterfront (1944), directed by Steve Sekely.
Co-starring John Carradine, with Maris Wrixon, Edwin Maxwell, Terry Frost, John Bleifer, Marten Lamont,
Olga Fabian, Claire Rochelle, Billy Nelson and Gene Stutenroth.
- As the "Japanese Kitchen Overseer" who lets his lust for a vengeful Chinese girl interfere with his caution in
Dragon Seed (1944), based on Pearl Buck's novel, and directed by Harold S. Bucquet and Jack Conway.
Starring Katherine Hepburn and a large cast (most of them just pretending to be oriental) including Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon,
Akim Tamiroff, Turhan Bey, Hurd Hatfield, Agnes Moorehead, Henry Travers, Philip Ahn,
Abner Biberman, Benson Fong, Roland Got, Keye Luke, Leonard Mudie, Jay Novello, Frank Puglia and Victor Wong,
with narration by Lionel Barrymore.
- As the sympathetic hunchback "Daniel," assistant to mad Dr. Niemann in Universal's crowd-pleasing, all-star "monster rally"
House of Frankenstein (1944), directed by Erle C. Kenton.
Starring Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Elena Verdugo, John Carradine, Glenn Strange, George Zucco, Lionel Atwill, Sig Ruman,
Anne Gwynne, Peter Coe, Frank Reicher and Michael Mark.
With a stunning original score by Hans J. Salter.
- In his second Best-Supporting-Actor-nominated performance as "Charley Martin,"
father of a local bad boy who won a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor, in A Medal for Benny (1945),
based on a John Steinbeck story, and directed by Irving Pichel.
Starring Dorothy Lamour and Arturo de Córdova, with Mikhail Rasumny, Frank McHugh, Grant Mitchell, Douglass Dumbrille,
Charles Dingle, Oliver Blake, Tom Fadden, Harry Hayden, Nestor Paiva, Victor Potel, Frank Reicher and Minerva Urecal.
- As "Roger Graham," the immoral and unscrupulous boss of a scientist that can only be pushed so far,
in Universal's "Inner Sanctum" horror-mystery Strange Confession (1945), directed by John Hoffman.
With Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, Milburn Stone, Lloyd Bridges, Addison Richards, Mary Gordon,
George Chandler, Wilton Graff, Francis McDonald, Jack Norton , Christian Rub, Leyland Hodgson,
Beatrice Roberts, Ian Wolfe, and David Hoffman as The Spirit of the Inner Sanctum.
A remake of Universal's 1934 film The Man Who Reclaimed His Head starring Claude Rains and Lionel Atwill.
- As "Bart Yancy," the treacherous sidekick of a blustering outlaw transformed by the love of a little girl in
the sentimental western Bad Bascomb (1946), directed by S. Sylvan Simon.
Starring Wallace Beery and Margaret O'Brien, with a wagonload of support from Marjorie Main,
Frances Rafferty, Marshall Thompson, Russell Simpson, Warner Anderson, Donald Curtis,
Sara Haden, Renie Riano, Henry O'Neill and Frank Darien.
- As "Commissario Ovidio Castanio," an Italian police detective investigating murders apparently committed by a severed hand
in the Warner Bros. horror-thriller The Beast with Five Fingers (1946), directed by Robert Florey.
Starring Peter Lorre, Robert Alda, Andrea King, Victor Francen, Charles Dingle, David Hoffman, Patricia Barry, William Edmunds and Pedro de Cordoba.
- As the Judas-like "A Police Informer" who betrays a saintly Mexican peasant priest in The Fugitive (1947),
based on Graham Greene' novel, directed by John Ford.
Starring Henry Fonda, Pedro Armendariz, Delores del Rio, Leo Carrillo, Ward Bond, Robert Armstrong,
John Qualen, Fortunio Bonanova, Chris-Pin Martin, Miguel Inclán, Rodolfo Acosta, Mel Ferrer and Jack Pennick.
Produced by John Ford, Emilio Fernandez and Merian C. Cooper.
- As "Lieutenant General Philip Sheridan," stopping by the post for a cup of weak coffee, a pleasant tune, and
some palaver about politics and the hostile Indian situation,
in the last film of the "Cavalry Trilogy" directed by John Ford, Republic's Rio Grande (1950).
The unbeatable cast includes John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr., Harry Carey Jr., Chill Wills,
Victor McLaglen, Grant Withers, Karolyn Grimes, Stan Jones, Fred Kennedy, The Sons of the Pioneers, Cliff Lyons,
Jack Pennick,Chuck Roberson and Patrick Wayne.
Produced by John Ford, Herbert J. Yates and Merian C. Cooper.
- As "Luigi Basco" in the first season of the TV comedy series Life with Luigi (1952),
with regulars Jody Gilbert, Alan Reed and Sig Ruman.
(Vito Scotti took over the role with a different supporting cast in the 1953 season.)
- Taking a more sympathetic view of the hostile Indian situation as the Hunkpapa Sioux medicine man
"Sitting Bull" in Sitting Bull (1954), directed by Sidney Salkow.
With Dale Robertson, John Litel, Iron Eyes Cody as Crazy Horse, John Hamilton as President Grant, and Douglas Kennedy as Custer.
- As "General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana,"
conqueror of the Alamo in The Last Command (1955), directed by Frank Lloyd.
Starring Sterling Hayden as Jim Bowie, Anna Maria Alberghetti , Richard Carlson as William Travis, Arthur Hunnicutt as Davy Crockett,
Ernest Borgnine, Ben Cooper, John Russell , Jim Davis, Eduard Franz, Otto Kruger as Steven F. Austin, Russell Simpson,
Roy Roberts, Slim Pickens, Hugh Sanders as Sam Houston, and Morris Ankrum.
- As "Charlie Chan" in his own television detective series, The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957), directed by xx.
- As the djinn "Bilejik" in the "Djinn and Water" episode of the TV comedy series I Dream of Jeannie (November 20, 1965).
- As "Uncle Giuliano" in "The Super Colossal Affair" episode of the TV secret-agency series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (October 7, 1966).
- As "Chief Yellow Horse" in the "It's So Peaceful in the Country" episode of the TV comedy series Green Acres (January 18, 1967).
- As "Sam Vittorio" in "The Secret of Sam Vittorio" episode of the TV series Get Smart (October 12, 1968).
- As mad "Dr. Duryea, " aka "Dr. Frankenstein," conspiring with Dracula to revive the Frankenstein Monster
in Dracula Vs. Frankenstein (1971), directed by Al Adamson.
With Lon Chaney Jr. as Groton, Anthony Eisley, Regina Carrol, Greydon Clark, Angelo Rossitto, Russ Tamblyn ,
Jim Davis, Zandor Vorkov as Count Dracula, John Bloom as Frankenstein's Monster, Shelly Weiss as The Creature, and Forrest J Ackerman.
Also known as The Blood Seekers, Blood of Frankenstein, The Revenge of Dracula, Satan's Bloody Freaks and
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