J. Carrol Naish

J. Carrol Naish
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J. Carrol Naish
TV: North side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Joseph Carrol Naish on Jan. 21, 1897 in New York, NY
Died Jan. 24, 1973 of emphysema in Scripps Memorial Hospital, CA

J. Carrol Naish's mastery of nearly 20 dialects made him one of the greatest ethnic character actors in Hollywood.

In a show business career that spanned more than five decades, the swarthy, black-haired, mustachioed Naish played Hindus, Mexicans, Japanese, Chinese, Arabs, Jews, Italians, Poles, English, American Indians and South Americans.

One of the few nationalities he never played was his own — Irish.

For years he played a succession of strutting villains and heavys, and although he was critically acclaimed by fellow actors he was little known to the public.

Not until near the end of his career, when he played the title role in the radio and television comedy "Life With Luigi," was his talent recognized by the public.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1943 Best Supporting Actor Sahara Nomination
    1945 Best Supporting Actor A Medal for Benny Nomination

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