Jay Novello - Rotten Tomatoes

Jay Novello

Highest Rated:   100% The Big Sky (1952)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Art of Love (1965)
Birthday:  
Birthplace:   Not Available
American actor Jay Novello began his film career with Tenth Avenue Kid (1938). Small, wiry and mustachioed, Novello found a home in Hollywood playing shifty street characters and petty thieves; during the war he displayed a friendlier image as a Latin-American type, appearing as waiters and hotel clerks in innumerable Good Neighbor films set south of the border. Once the war was over, it was back to those scraggly little characters, even in such period pieces as The Robe (1953), in which Novello played the unsavory slave dealer who sold Victor Mature to Richard Burton. Adept in TV comedy roles as meek milquetoasts and henpecked husbands, Novello was a particular favorite of Lucille Ball, who used the actor prominently in both I Love Lucy (first as the man duped by the "Ethel to Tillie" seance, then as a gondolier in a later episode) and The Lucy Show (as a softhearted safecracker). Jay Novello remained active in films into the '60s, as scurrilous as ever in such fantasy films as The Lost World (1960) and Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961); he also stayed busy in such TV programs as The Mothers in Law, My Three Sons and McHale's Navy, playing a recurring role in the latter series as a resourceful Italian mayor.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
20% Rhapsody in Blue
  • Orchestra Leader
2001
No Score Yet The Domino Principle
  • Capt. Ruiz
1977
No Score Yet The Comic
  • Miguel
1969
No Score Yet The Caper of the Golden Bulls
  • Carlos
1967
40% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
  • Romano
1966
No Score Yet Harum Scarum
  • Zacha
1965
No Score Yet A Very Special Favor
  • Rene
1965
0% The Art of Love
  • Janitor
1965
No Score Yet The Man from the Diners' Club
  • Mooseghian
1963
No Score Yet Escape from Zahrain
  • Hassan
1962
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Cortega, the Spanish Consul
1961
No Score Yet Atlantis, the Lost Continent
  • Xandros
1961
No Score Yet The Lost World
  • Costa
1960
No Score Yet This Rebel Breed
  • Papa Montalvo
1960
No Score Yet The Wonderful Country
  • Diego Casas
1959
No Score Yet The Perfect Furlough (Strictly for Pleasure)
  • Rene
1958
14% The Pride and the Passion
  • Ballinger
1957
No Score Yet Lisbon
  • Joao Casimiro Fonseca
1956
No Score Yet Bengazi
  • Basim
1955
No Score Yet The Prodigal
  • Merchant
1955
No Score Yet Son of Sinbad
  • Jiddah
1955
No Score Yet The Mad Magician
  • Mr. Prentiss
1954
67% Crime Wave
  • Dr. Otto Hessler
1954
No Score Yet Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
  • Sinan
1953
33% The Robe
  • Tiro
1953
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
  • Andre
1953
No Score Yet Sabaka
  • Damji
1953
No Score Yet The Iron Mistress
  • Judge Crain
1952
No Score Yet Captain Pirate
  • Egyptian
1952
No Score Yet The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima
  • Antonio
1952
100% The Big Sky
  • Trapper (uncredited)
1952
83% The Sniper
  • Pete
1952
No Score Yet Operation Secret
  • Herr Bauer
1952
No Score Yet Cattle Town
  • Felipe Rojas
1952
No Score Yet Sirocco
  • Hamal
1951
No Score Yet Tell It to the Judge
  • Gancellos
1949
No Score Yet Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
  • Sea Captain
1948
No Score Yet The Bullfighters
  • Lusi
1945
No Score Yet Hotel Berlin
  • Gomez
1945
No Score Yet Federal Operator 99
  • Heinrick
1945
No Score Yet Captain America
  • Simms
1944
100% Phantom Lady
  • Anselmo
1944
No Score Yet Dragon Seed
  • Japanese Soldier
1944
No Score Yet Mystery of the Riverboat
  • Pierre
1944
No Score Yet Passport to Suez
  • Cezanne
1943
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Smilin' Jack
  • Kushimi
1943
No Score Yet Bells of Capistrano
  • Jenkins
1942
No Score Yet Unholy Partners
  • Stick Man
1941
No Score Yet Bad Man of Deadwood
  • Monte Burns
1941
No Score Yet They Met in Bombay
  • Bolo
1941
No Score Yet Sheriff of Tombstone
  • John Anderson aka Joe Martinez
1941
No Score Yet Robin Hood of the Pecos
  • Stacy
1941
No Score Yet Swamp Woman
  • Brand
1941
No Score Yet West of the Badlands
  • Santos
1940
No Score Yet Flirting with Fate
  • Del Valle
1938
89% Boys Town
  • Gangster
1938

Quotes from Jay Novello's Characters

No quotes approved yet.