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Nestor Paiva

Highest Rated:   100% The Left Handed Gun (1958)
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Birthplace:   Fresno, California, USA
Nestor Paiva had the indeterminate ethnic features and gift for dialects that enabled him to play virtually every nationality. Though frequently pegged as a Spaniard, a Greek, a Portuguese, an Italian, an Arab, an even (on radio, at least) an African-American, Paiva was actually born in Fresno, California. A holder of an A.B. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Paiva developed an interest in acting while performing in college theatricals. Proficient in several languages, Paiva made his stage bow at Berkeley's Greek Theatre in a production of Antigone. His subsequent professional stage career was confined to California; he caught the eye of the studios by appearing in a long-running Los Angeles production of The Drunkard, which costarred another future film player of note, Henry Brandon. He remained with The Drunkard from 1934 to 1945, finally dropping out when his workload in films became too heavy. Paiva appeared in roles both large and small in so many films that it's hard to find a representative appearance. Fans of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby can take in a good cross-section of Paiva's work via his appearances in Road to Morocco (1942), Road to Utopia (1945) and Road to Rio (1947); he has a bit as a street peddler in Morocco, is desperado McGurk in Utopia, and plays the Brazilian theatre manager who isn't fooled by the Wiere Brothers' attempt to pass themselves off as Americans ("You're een the groove, Jackson") in Rio. During his busiest period, 1945 through 1948, Paiva appeared in no fewer than 117 films. The familiar canteloupe-shaped mug and hyperactive eyebrows of Nestor Paiva graced many a film and TV program until his death in 1966; his final film, the William Castle comedy The Spirit is Willing (1967), was released posthumously.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Fly by Night
  • Grube
1993
No Score Yet The Spirit Is Willing
  • Felicity's Father
1967
No Score Yet Let's Kill Uncle (Let's Kill Uncle, Before Uncle Kills Us)
  • Steward
1966
14% Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
  • Saloon Owner
1965
No Score Yet Ballad of a Gunfighter
  • Padre
1964
No Score Yet California
  • Gen. Micheltorena
1963
0% They Saved Hitler's Brain
  • Police Chief Alaniz
1963
No Score Yet The Madmen of Mandoras (Amazing Mr. H )
  • Police Chief Alaniz
1963
40% Girls! Girls! Girls!
  • Arthur Morgan
1962
No Score Yet The Three Stooges in Orbit
  • Chairman
1962
No Score Yet The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Miguel
1962
No Score Yet Can-Can
  • Bailiff
1960
No Score Yet Pier 5, Havana
  • Lopez
1959
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James
  • Bixby
1959
No Score Yet The Case Against Brooklyn
  • Finelli
1958
100% The Left Handed Gun
  • Maxwell
1958
No Score Yet The Deep Six
  • Pappa Tatos
1958
No Score Yet Outcasts of the City
  • Pastor Skira
1958
No Score Yet The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca
  • Actor
1958
100% Les Girls
  • Spanish Peasant Man
1957
No Score Yet The Guns of Fort Petticoat
  • Tortilla
1957
No Score Yet The Mole People
  • Prof. Etienne Lafarge
1956
No Score Yet Comanche
  • Puffer
1956
93% All That Heaven Allows
  • Manuel
1955
22% Revenge of the Creature
  • Lucas
1955
No Score Yet New York Confidential
  • Martinelli
1955
92% Tarantula
  • Sheriff Jack Andrews
1955
No Score Yet Hell on Frisco Bay
  • Lou Fiaschetti
1955
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night
  • Gnocchi
1954
84% Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Lucas
1954
No Score Yet Thunder Pass
  • Daniel P. Slaughter
1954
No Score Yet Killer Ape
  • Andrews
1953
80% Call Me Madam
  • Miccoli
1953
65% Viva Zapata!
  • New General
1952
No Score Yet Diplomatic Courier
  • Train Conductor
1952
No Score Yet With a Song in My Heart
  • Doctor
1952
100% 5 Fingers
  • Turkish Ambassador
1952
No Score Yet Phone Call From a Stranger
  • Headwaiter
1952
100% On Dangerous Ground
  • Gabini, Newsdealer
1952
No Score Yet Mara Maru
  • Capt. Van Hoten
1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • Fire Chief
1951
No Score Yet Double Dynamite (It's Only Money)
  • `Hot Horse' Harris
1951
No Score Yet Jim Thorpe---All American
  • Hiram Thorpe
1951
No Score Yet The Great Caruso
  • Egisto Barretto
1951
No Score Yet Guilty of Treason
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Young Man With a Horn
  • Louis Galba
1950
No Score Yet Rope of Sand
  • Ship's Captain
1949
No Score Yet Follow Me Quietly
  • Benny
1949
89% The Inspector General
  • Gregor
1949
No Score Yet Alias Nick Beal
  • Carl
1949
95% Mighty Joe Young
  • Brown
1949
100% The Paleface
  • Patient
1948
No Score Yet Joan of Arc
  • Henri le Royer
1948
No Score Yet Mr. Reckless
  • Gus
1948
80% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
  • Joe
1948
No Score Yet Shoot to Kill
  • Gus Miller
1947
100% Road to Rio
  • Cardoso
1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Monterey
  • Actor
1947
60% Humoresque
  • Orchestra Leader
1946
No Score Yet The Last Crooked Mile
  • Ferrara
1946
No Score Yet Suspense
  • Man with Blond
1946
No Score Yet Badman's Territory
  • Sam Bass
1946
No Score Yet Fear
  • Schaefer
1946
No Score Yet Cornered
  • Police Official
1945
No Score Yet Along the Navajo Trail
  • Janza
1945
No Score Yet A Thousand and One Nights
  • Kahim
1945
No Score Yet Nob Hill
  • Luigi
1945
No Score Yet A Medal for Benny
  • Frank Alviso
1945
91% The Southerner
  • Bartender
1945
100% Road to Utopia
  • McGurk
1945
No Score Yet Salome, Where She Danced
  • Panatela
1945
No Score Yet Kismet
  • Captain of Police
1944
No Score Yet The Falcon in Mexico
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet Shine On, Harvest Moon
  • Romero, the Chef
1944
No Score Yet Tampico
  • Naval Commander
1944
No Score Yet The Purple Heart
  • Francisco De Los Santos
1944
80% The Song of Bernadette
  • Baker
1943
No Score Yet The Dancing Masters
  • Silvio
1943
No Score Yet Background to Danger
  • Koylan
1943
No Score Yet The Hard Way
  • Max Wade
1943
No Score Yet The Crystal Ball
  • Stukov
1943
No Score Yet Tornado
  • Big Joe Vlochek
1943
No Score Yet The Fallen Sparrow
  • Jake
1943
No Score Yet Pittsburgh
  • Barney
1942
No Score Yet Ship Ahoy
  • Felix
1942
No Score Yet Johnny Eager
  • Tony
1942
92% Road to Morocco
  • Arab Sausage Vendor
1942
67% Reap the Wild Wind
  • Man with Suspenders
1942
No Score Yet Rise and Shine
  • Captain
1941
100% Hold Back the Dawn
  • Flores
1941
No Score Yet Pot o' Gold
  • Guide
1941
100% Hold That Ghost
  • Glum
1941
No Score Yet They Knew What They Wanted
  • Pals at Table
1940
No Score Yet Arise, My Love
  • Uniformed clerk
1940
No Score Yet He Stayed for Breakfast
  • Gendarme
1940
100% The Sea Hawk
  • Slavemaster
1940
No Score Yet Primrose Path
  • Bluebell Manager (uncredited)
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail
  • Agitator
1940
81% Another Thin Man
  • Headwaiter
1939
100% Beau Geste
  • Corporal
1939
No Score Yet Bachelor Mother
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific
  • C.P. Conductor
1939
92% Midnight
  • Woman's escort
1939
No Score Yet Ride a Crooked Mile
  • Leroyd
1938
No Score Yet Prison Train
  • Sullen
1938
No Score Yet Spider's Web
  • Henchman Red
1938
No Score Yet Ramrod
  • Curley
1930

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jonny Quest
1964-1965
  • Voice
  • 1964

Quotes from Nestor Paiva's Characters