Nestor Paiva

Nestor Paiva

Highest Rated: 100% Five Fingers (1952)

Lowest Rated: 22% Revenge of the Creature (1955)

Birthday: Jun 30, 1905

Birthplace: Fresno, California, USA

Over the course of his long and varied career, Nestor Paiva used his ethnic features and his ability to handle various accents to portray villains and shady characters of every background imaginable. After developing an interest in theater while studying at the University of California at Berkeley, Paiva embarked on a decade-long successful stage career, appearing in many Los Angeles-area productions. Although he broke into film in the late '30s, often portraying devious villains and foreign authority figures in films like the crime caper "Angels' Alley" and the assassination drama "Bride of Vengeance," it was his memorable role as a crusty boat captain in the 1954 low-budget horror movie "Creature from the Black Lagoon" that garnered the stocky actor his biggest accolades yet. After reprising his role in the sequel, "Revenge of the Creature," Paiva landed guest roles on such series as the western adventures "Sugarfoot" and "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin," which is about an orphaned boy and his loyal dog who are adopted by the troops of a small army outpost. In 1957, he was memorably cast as the beleagured Spanish innkeeper Theo Gonzales in the popular Disney TV series "Zorro," later appearing as a French bailiff in the Frank Sinatra musical romance "Can-Can" and as an Italian criminal in "The Case Against Brooklyn," based on the true story of police corruption in 1950s New York.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 38% Let's Kill Uncle Steward (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ballad of a Gunfighter Padre (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet California Gen. Micheltorena (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 50% The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Miguel (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Westerners Governor John Bullard (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 47% Can-Can Bailiff (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pier 5, Havana Lopez (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lady Takes a Flyer Childreth (Character) - 1958
90% 54% The Left Handed Gun Pete Maxwell (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deep Six Pappa Tatos (Character) - 1958
100% 71% Les Girls Spanish Peasant (uncredited) (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 50% Comanche Puffer (Character) - 1956
43% 27% The Mole People Prof. Etienne Lafarge (Character) - 1956
94% 51% Tarantula Jack Andrews (Character) - 1955
22% 33% Revenge of the Creature Lucas (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desperado Captain Jake Thornton (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Guns to the Border Greasy (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 81% Casanova's Big Night Gnocchi (Character) - 1954
79% 73% Creature From the Black Lagoon Lucas (Character) - 1954
100% 90% Five Fingers Turkish Ambassador (uncredited) (Character) - 1952
67% 62% With a Song in My Heart Lisbon Surgeon (uncredited) (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fabulous Senorita José Rodriguez (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 55% Jim Thorpe, All American Hiram Thorpe (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flame of Stamboul Joe Octavian (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 63% The Great Caruso Egisto Barretto (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 32% Double Dynamite "Hot Horse" Harris (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Millionaire for Christy Mr. Rapello (Character) - 1951
80% 71% Young Man With a Horn Louis Galba (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desert Hawk Abdul (Character) - 1950
95% 64% Mighty Joe Young Brown (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 48% Alias Nick Beal Karl (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 57% Follow Me Quietly Benny (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rope of Sand Ship's Captain (Character) - 1949
88% 54% Joan of Arc Henri le Royer (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Angel's Alley Tony "Piggy" Locarno (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Wolf in Mexico Police Capt. Carlos Rodriguez (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 50% Ramrod Curley (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Likely Story Tiny McBride (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 50% Badman's Territory Sam Bass (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 14% Fear Detective Shaefer (Character) - 1946
100% 75% Road to Utopia McGurk (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 55% Cornered Police Official (uncredited) (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 48% A Thousand and One Nights Kahim (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Club Paradise Lew Davis (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Along the Navajo Trail Janza (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 33% The Falcon in Mexico Manuel Romero (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 77% The Hard Way Max Wade (uncredited) (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 48% Pittsburgh Barney (Character) - 1942
100% 77% Hold Back the Dawn Fred Flores (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 64% Arise, My Love Uniformed Clerk (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marines Fly High Pedro Fernandez (Character) - 1940
93% 88% Midnight Woman's Escort (uncredited) (Character) - 1939

TV

Credit
87% No Score Yet Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown (Character) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
100% 97% The Addams Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Daller (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet McHale's Navy Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1963 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Big Jack Anderson (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Target: The Corruptors Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Brother Jonathon (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timmy & Lassie Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Michael Zolenko (Guest Star) 1962 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1962 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Nico (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Charlie (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The David Niven Show Anton Pickman (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zorro Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Rossetti (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind Closed Doors Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Jack Denton (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jeff's Collie Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gene Autry Show Uncle Luis Corelli (Guest Star) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage 7 Max Zachary (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1954 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Star Playhouse Max Zachary (Character) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1953

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