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J. Carrol Naish

Twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the first for his role as Giuseppe in the movie Sahara (1943) and the Hispanic father in the movie A Medal for Benny (1945).

J Carrol Naish



What Price Glory



Cheer Up and Smile



The Royal Bed


Tonight or Never

The Finger Points



The Hatchet Man

The Beast of the City

The Mouthpiece

Two Seconds

Big City Blues

Tiger Shark

The Kid from Spain

Frisco Jenny



No Other Woman

The Past of Mary Holmes

Infernal Machine

Central Airport

The World Gone Mad

Elmer, the Great

Arizona to Broadway


Ann Vickers

The Mad Game

Havana Widows

The Mystery Squadron



Murder in Trinidad

British Agent

Maria Galante



The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

Black Fury

Front Page Woman

The Crusades

Little Big Shot

Special Agent

Captain Blood



Two in the Dark

Charlie Chan at the Circus

Anthony Adverse


The Charge of the Light Brigade

Exclusive Story




Border Cafe

Think Fast, Mr. Moto

Sea Racketeers

Bulldog Drummond Comes Back

Daughter of Shanghai



Her Jungle Love

Bulldog Drummond in Africa

King of Alcatraz



Hotel Imperial

Beau Geste

Island of Lost Men



Queen of the Mob

Golden Gloves

Down Argentine Way



That Night in Rio

Blood and Sand

Forced Landing

Birth of the Blues

The Corsican Brothers



A Gentleman at Heart

Sunday Punch

Jackass Mail

The Pied Piper

Tales of Manhattan

Dr. Renault’s Secret




Behind the Rising Sun


Calling Dr. Death

Gung Ho!



Voice in the Wind

The Whistler

The Monster Maker

Jungle Woman


Dragon Seed

Enter Arsène Lupin

House of Frankenstein



A Medal for Benny

The Southerner

Strange Confession

Star in the Night



Bad Bascomb

The Beast with Five Fingers




Carnival in Costa Rica

The Fugitive



Joan of Arc

The Kissing Bandit



Canadian Pacific

That Midnight Kiss



Black Hand

Please Believe Me

Annie Get Your Gun

The Toast of New Orleans

Rio Grande



Across the Wide Missouri




Denver and Rio Grande

Clash by Night

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima



Fighter Attack

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef




Sitting Bull



New York Confidential

Hit the Deck

Rage at Dawn

Violent Saturday

The Last Command



Rebel in Town



This Could Be the Night



Dracula vs. Frankenstein


J Carrol Naish was nominated for two Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Awards:

  • Sahara (1943)
  • A Medal for Benny (1945)

J. Carrol Naish was born Joseph Patrick Carroll Naish on January 21, 1896 in New York City, son of Patrick Naish, who had emigrated from County Limerick, Ireland in about 1890.

Naish appeared on stage for several years before he began his film career. He began as a member of Gus Edwards’s vaudeville troupe of child performers. After World War I, Naish formed his own song and dance act in Paris. He was traveling the globe from Europe to Egypt to Asia, when his China-bound ship developed engine problems, leaving him in California in 1926.

Naish’s uncredited bit role in What Price Glory? (1926) launched his career in more than two hundred films. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the first for his role as Giuseppe in the movie Sahara (1943) in which he delivers one of the most moving speeches in any wartime film and for his performance as the title character’s Hispanic father in the movie A Medal for Benny (1945). For the latter film, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.

He often played villains from gangsters in numerous Paramount pictures to mad scientists, such as Dr. Daka in the Batman film serial. In the 1940s, Naish was a supporting character in several horror films. He played Boris Karloff’s assistant in House of Frankenstein (1944).

He portrayed numerous other ethnicities including Southern European, Eastern European, Latin American, Native American, Middle Eastern, South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander—even African American, which earned him the moniker “Hollywood’s one-man U.N.”.

On radio, Naish starred as Luigi Basco on the popular CBS program Life with Luigi (1948–1953). Luigi’s popularity resulted in a CBS television series of the same name, with Naish reprising his role.

In 1971, he appeared in his final film role, Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971), as a mad scientist; a role descended from the original Dr. Frankenstein takes to murdering young women for experimentation in hopes of reviving his ancestor’s creation, with help from his mute assistant, played by Lon Chaney Jr., whose film appearance was also his last.

Naish was married (from 1929 until his death) to actress Gladys Heaney (1907–1987); they had one daughter, Elaine.

He retired to San Diego, CA and died of emphysema on January 24, 1973, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in the northern community of La Jolla, California, three days after his 77th birthday. He is interred at Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.

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