Jay Novello

Jay Novello

Highest Rated: 89% Phantom Lady (1944)

Lowest Rated: 20% The Domino Principle (1977)

Birthday: Aug 22, 1904

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Italian-American Jay Novello was a swarthy wee character actor who emerged from the early days of radio to portray furtive, twitchy ethnic types and fastidious, comically prissy characters in nearly 200 film and television roles. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, he established himself as a big-screen bit player with dozens of uncredited appearances in such madcap larks and spirited adventure films as the gleefully frenzied Laurel and Hardy outing "The Bullfighters." Around the time, he landed one of his most substantial roles in the pastoral divine-intervention drama "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima" ('52); the iconic funny-lady Lucille Ball fully tapped his comedic potential and cast him in several recurring parts on various television projects. On her flagship sitcom, the inimitable "I Love Lucy," he memorably played a hammy, histrionic fussbudget who holds a séance in a desperate attempt to contact his deceased pooch in the afterlife. The performance launched his nearly two-decade run as a frequent, usually flamboyant, guest star on such beloved sitcom hits as the satirical "F-Troop," the sly "McHale's Navy," and the racially charged "Chico and the Man." Having grown up in a culturally diverse Chicago neighborhood, Novello also used his ear for accents to appear as various fiery and ostentatious Greeks, Mexicans, and Spaniards in the peripheries of many films, including Elvis Presley's Arabian adventure "Harum Scarum" and director Frank Capra's elegant comedy-of-manners "Pocketful of Miracles" ('61). He died of lung cancer at age 78.

Highest rated movies

Phantom Lady
Crime Wave
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
The Robe
The Pride and the Passion
The Domino Principle

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
20% 19% The Domino Principle Captain Ruiz (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Powderkeg Pablo Sandoval (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Caper of the Golden Bulls Carlos (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 28% Harum Scarum Zacha (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 54% Escape From Zahrain Hassan (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 23% Atlantis, the Lost Continent Xandros the Greek Slave (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 21% The Lost World Costa (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 42% The Perfect Furlough Rene Valentin (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unchained Goddess Professor Curious/Windy (Voice) - 1958
30% 25% The Pride and the Passion Ballinger (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 22% Lisbon Insp. Joao Casimiro Fonseca (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 32% The Prodigal Merchant (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sabaka Damji (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 20% Son of Sinbad Jiddah (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 64% The Mad Magician Frank Prentiss (Character) - 1954
70% 72% Crime Wave Dr. Otto Hessler (Character) - 1954
60% 25% Beneath the 12-Mile Reef Sinan (Character) - 1953
38% 69% The Robe Tiro (uncredited) (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Secret Herr Bauer (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cattle Town Felipe Rojas (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 81% The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima António Abóbora dos Santos (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 15% The Iron Mistress Judge Crain (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 26% Sirocco Hamal (uncredited) (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 53% Kiss the Blood Off My Hands Sea Captain of Pelicano (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 67% Hotel Berlin Gomez (Character) - 1945
89% 72% Phantom Lady Anselmo (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man From Music Mountain Henchman Barker (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Man of Deadwood Monte Burns (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 40% Sheriff of Tombstone John Anderson (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Train Robbery Santos (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Gun Sheriff Marc Albo (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Border Legion Henchman Santos (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl From Havana Manuel (Character) - 1940

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Tomas Crespi (Guest Star) 1968 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Dr. Wilson (Guest Star) 1969 1971
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1965 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Sam Wiggins (Guest Star) 1967 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Nun Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Tom Whitney (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mothers-in-Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet F Troop Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Smothers Brothers Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet 90% The Andy Griffith Show Attorney Neil Bentley (Guest Star) 1962 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Wilmer Zaleski (Guest Star) 1959-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Powell Theatre Phillipe (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Nickolas Trevelian (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Step Beyond Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Capt. Angus MacLeod (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Northwest Passage Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zorro Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Robert Murchinson (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet 98% I Love Lucy Mr. Merriweather (Guest Star) 1951 1954 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955