J. Carrol Naish

J. Carrol Naish


Also Known As
Joseph Patrick Carrol Naish, J. Carroll Naish, Carrol Naish
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
January 21, 1896
January 24, 1973
Cause of Death


J. Carrol Naish was a character actor who launched his prolific film career on the cusp of the transition from silent films to talkies (between 1926 and 1930), eventually appearing in nearly 200 films total. The Irish-descended New Yorker became legendary for mastering a potpourri of foreign accents, yet he ironicaly played virtually every ethnicity except Irish over the course of his ca...


J. Carrol Naish was a character actor who launched his prolific film career on the cusp of the transition from silent films to talkies (between 1926 and 1930), eventually appearing in nearly 200 films total. The Irish-descended New Yorker became legendary for mastering a potpourri of foreign accents, yet he ironicaly played virtually every ethnicity except Irish over the course of his career. After making scores of appearances--including roles as numerous villains and gangsters, among other types--throughout the '30s and early '40s, Naish first earned critical acclaim in 1943, playing Giuseppe, the Italian prisoner in the Humphrey Bogart war drama "Sahara," for which Naish received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination. He followed up that accolade in 1945 with another Oscar nomination (and a Golden Globe win) for his key, non-ethnic supporting role in "A Medal for Benny," a drama which starred Dorothy Lamour. In the '50s, Naish went from straight western roles, such as a Union lieutenant general in the John Ford classic "Rio Grande" (starring John Wayne) to playing the title character in "Sitting Bull," a role which was more vintage Naish. Meanwhile, he gained greater fame that same decade on television, where he first appeared in 1952 as the star of the two-episode comedy "Life with Luigi," and later, in his highest profile TV role, playing the title character of the syndicated mystery "The New Adventures of Charlie Chan," where he appeared for 39-episodes in 1957. Naish passed away from emphysema at the age of 77.



Cast (Feature Film)

The Three Stooges Follies (1974)
Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)
Dr. Frankenstein [also known as Dr. Duryea]
An Evening With Batman and Robin (1965)
Force of Impulse (1961)
Antonio Marino
The Young Don't Cry (1957)
This Could Be the Night (1957)
Yaqui Drums (1956)
Yaqui Jack
Rebel in Town (1956)
Bedloe Mason
The Last Command (1955)
Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna
Rage at Dawn (1955)
Simeon Reno
Violent Saturday (1955)
Hit the Deck (1955)
Mr. Peroni
New York Confidential (1955)
Ben Dagajanian
Desert Sands (1955)
Sgt. Diepel
Sitting Bull (1954)
Sitting Bull
Saskatchewan (1954)
Batoche [Batouche]
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
Socrates "Soak" Houlis
Ride the Man Down (1953)
Joe Kneen
Fighter Attack (1953)
Clash by Night (1952)
Uncle Vince
Denver & Rio Grande (1952)
Gil Harkness
Woman of the North Country (1952)
John Mulholland
Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
Looking Glass
The Mark of the Renegade (1951)
Bannerline (1951)
Frankie Scarbine
Rio Grande (1950)
Gen. Sheridan
Please Believe Me (1950)
Lucky Reilly
Black Hand (1950)
Louis Lorelli
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Chief Sitting Bull
The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
Nicky Duvalle
That Midnight Kiss (1949)
Papa Donnetti
The Kissing Bandit (1949)
Canadian Pacific (1949)
Dynamite Dawson
Joan of Arc (1948)
John, Count of Luxembourg, her captor
Carnival in Costa Rica (1947)
Rico Molina
The Fugitive (1947)
A police informer
Humoresque (1947)
Rudy Boray
The Beast with Five Fingers (1947)
Ovidio Castanio
Bad Bascomb (1946)
Bart Yancey
A Medal for Benny (1945)
Charley Martin
The Southerner (1945)
Strange Confession (1945)
[Roger] Graham
Getting Gertie's Garter (1945)
Charles, the butler
House of Frankenstein (1945)
Dragon Seed (1944)
Jap kitchen overseer
Waterfront (1944)
Dr. Carl Decker
The Whistler (1944)
The killer
The Monster Maker (1944)
[Igor] Markoff
Enter Arsene Lupin (1944)
Two-Man Submarine (1944)
Dr. Augustus Hadley
Jungle Woman (1944)
Dr. [Carl] Fletcher
Voice in the Wind (1944)
Calling Dr. Death (1943)
Inspector Gregg
Harrigan's Kid (1943)
Jed Jerrett
Good Morning, Judge (1943)
Gung Ho! (1943)
Lt. C. J. Cristoforos
Sahara (1943)
Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
Reo Seki
Batman (1943)
Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)
Mr. Noel
Dr. Broadway (1942)
Jack Venner
The Man in the Trunk (1942)
Reginald DeWinters
The Pied Piper (1942)
Aristide Rougeron
Sunday Punch (1942)
Matt Bassler
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
A Gentleman at Heart (1942)
Jackass Mail (1942)
Signor O'Sullivan
Blood and Sand (1941)
Birth of the Blues (1941)
Mr. Dynamite (1941)
Forced Landing (1941)
Andros Banshek
Accent on Love (1941)
Manuel Lombroso
The Corsican Brothers (1941)
That Night in Rio (1941)
Queen of the Mob (1940)
George Frost
Down Argentine Way (1940)
Golden Gloves (1940)
Joe Taggerty
Typhoon (1940)
A Night at Earl Carroll's (1940)
Steve Kalkus
Beau Geste (1939)
Island of Lost Men (1939)
Gregory Prin
King of Chinatown (1939)
The professor
Undercover Doctor (1939)
Dr. Bartley Morgan
Persons in Hiding (1939)
Freddie "Gunner" Martin
Hotel Imperial (1939)
Kuprin, alias Von Alting
Daughter of Shanghai (1938)
Frank Barden
Tip-Off Girls (1938)
Joseph Valkus
Illegal Traffic (1938)
Lewis Zomar
Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)
Richard Lane, [later known as Charles Mega]
Prison Farm (1938)
Noel Haskins
Hunted Men (1938)
Morton Rice
Her Jungle Love (1938)
King of Alcatraz (1938)
Steve Murkil
Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)
Night Club Scandal (1937)
Jack Reed
We Who Are About to Die (1937)
Nick Trotti
Border Cafe (1937)
Rocky Alton
Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)
Mikhail Valdin
Thunder Trail (1937)
Rafael Lopez
Sea Racketeers (1937)
Harry Durant
Song of the City (1937)
Hideaway (1937)
Mike Clark, also known as John Knox
Crack-Up (1937)
Operative #77
Two in the Dark (1936)
Burt Mansfield
Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)
Tom Holt
Moonlight Murder (1936)
Special Investigator (1936)
Edward J. Selton
Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936)
Three Fingered Jack
The Leathernecks Have Landed (1936)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Subahdar-Major Puran Singh
Exclusive Story (1936)
Ramona (1936)
Juan Can
The Return of Jimmy Valentine (1936)
Tony Scapelli
Anthony Adverse (1936)
Major Doumet
Absolute Quiet (1936)
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
Grand Vizier
Black Fury (1935)
Steve [Croner]
Under the Pampas Moon (1935)
Confidential (1935)
Captain Blood (1935)
The Crusades (1935)
Arab slave-seller
Special Agent (1935)
Little Big Shot (1935)
Front Page Woman (1935)
Robert [Cardoza]
Behind the Green Lights (1935)
Sam Dover
Marie Galante (1934)
Bachelor of Arts (1934)
Hell in the Heavens (1934)
Sergeant Chevalier
Sleepers East (1934)
Carl Izzard
The Hell Cat (1934)
Joe Morgan
Murder in Trinidad (1934)
One Is Guilty (1934)
Jack Allan
Girl in Danger (1934)
Mike Russo
The Defense Rests (1934)
British Agent (1934)
Commissioner for War [Trotsky]
Return of the Terror (1934)
Steve [Scola]
Upper World (1934)
Lou [Colima]
Arizona to Broadway (1933)
Tommy [Monk]
The Devil's in Love (1933)
No Other Woman (1933)
Notorious but Nice (1933)
Joe Charney
The World Gone Mad (1933)
Ramon Salvadore
The Avenger (1933)
The Mad Game (1933)
Chopper Allen
The Last Trail (1933)
John Ross
What's Your Racket (1933)
Dick Graves
Silent Men (1933)
Jack Wilder
The Whirlwind (1933)
Captured! (1933)
Ann Vickers (1933)
Doctor Sorelle
Elmer the Great (1933)
Frisco Jenny (1933)
Editor Harris
Central Airport (1933)
Infernal Machine (1933)
The Big Chance (1933)
John Wilson
Afraid to Talk (1932)
Joe Zelli
The Kid from Spain (1932)
No Living Witness (1932)
Beast of the City (1932)
[Pietro] Cholo
The Famous Ferguson Case (1932)
Claude Wright
Week-end Marriage (1932)
The Mouthpiece (1932)
Two Seconds (1932)
Tiger Shark (1932)
Crooner (1932)
Nick Meyer
The Hatchet Man (1932)
Sun Yat Ming
It's Tough to Be Famous (1932)
Lieutenant Blake
Gun Smoke (1931)
Mink Gordon
The Royal Bed (1931)
The Homicide Squad (1931)
Scotland Yard (1930)
Dr. Remur
Good Intentions (1930)
Charlie Hatrick

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Under the Pampas Moon (1935)
Stand-in for Warner Baxter

Cast (Special)

The Hanged Man (1964)

Cast (Short)

Star in the Night (1945)
The Grand Bounce (1937)
It May Happen to You (1937)

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Kissing Bandit - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from The Kissing Bandit (1949), starring Frank Sinatra. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.


Movie Clip

Daughter Of Shanghai (1937) -- (Movie Clip) If We Must Be Prosaic In San Francisco’s Chinatown we meet Cecil Cunningham as Mrs. Hunt, patron of merchant Quan Lin (Ching Wah Lee) and daughter Lan Ying (top-billed Anna May Wong), J . Carrol Naish and Buster Crabbe the intruding slave-racketeers, and Ernest Whitman the muscle Sam, in Daughter Of Shanghai, 1937.
Black Fury (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Shut Up About The Union! Early events, inside the coal mine Warner Bros. built at the ranch in Calabsas, Ca., John Qualen as honest Mike gets in a spat with newcomer Kroner (J. Carrol Naish) about their union, which gets the attention of popular Joe (Paul Muni), who’s more excited about his wedding, in Black Fury. 1935.
Black Fury (1935) -- (Movie Clip) It's My Coal! Miners’ union men Tommy (Tully Marshall) and Mike (John Qualen) are checking membership at the gate, the morning after their popular pal Joe (Paul Muni) got drunk after his girl dumped him, and accidentally joined a crooked anti-union uprising, led by agitator Kroner (J. Carrol Naish), in Warner Bros.’ Black Fury, 1935.
Bad Bascomb (1946) -- (Movie Clip) Elder Because You're Younger? Title character Wallace Beery in Wyoming learning to shoot right-handed because the lawmen know he’s a lefty, J. Carrol Naish his sidekick Yancey, Marshall Thompson his literate conscript Jimmy, and Frank Darien the unlucky Mormon traveler, early in MGM’s Bad Bascomb, 1946, also starring Margaret O’Brien.
Bad Bascomb (1946) -- (Movie Clip) When We Get To Utah Bandit Wallace Beery (title character), hiding out in a Mormon wagon train, has just learned that male converts are required to work, and he’s been drafted by Marjorie Main as Abbey, whose granddaughter Emmy (Margaret O’Brien) he’s already met, his pal Yancey (J. Carrol Naish) making out better, in MGM’s Bad Bascomb,1946.
Hatchet Man, The (1932) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Tong War Flag Archaic graphic language but impressive events in the opening of William A. Wellman's San Francisco Tong War drama The Hatchet Man, 1932, starring Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young and J. Carroll Naish.
Kissing Bandit, The (1948) -- (Movie Clip) Son Of A Bandit? In Spanish colonial California, J. Carrol Naish as under-boss Chico reassures his band that the son of their captured chief will arrive from Boston to lead them, and star Frank Sinatra making his comic entrance, in MGM’s The Kissing Bandit, 1948, co-starring Kathryn Grayson.
Southerner, The (1945) -- (Movie Clip) What It Cost Me New share-cropping neighbor Sam (Zachary Scott) visits Devers (J. Carrol Naish) seeking a favor, their complex first meeting in director Jean Renoir's The Southerner, 1945, from a novel by George Sessions Perry.
Corsican Brothers, The (1941) -- (Movie Clip) It Wasn't A Dream Introduction of second brother, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. again, as Mario, in Paris pursuing Isabella (Ruth Warrick), tangling with De Raveneau (Henry Brandon), twin Lucien in Corsica with sympathetic pain, in The Corsican Brothers, 1941.
Corsican Brothers, The (1941) -- (Movie Clip) Proud And Noble Name Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as both bandit Lucien and citified Mario, surgically separated at birth, meeting with their guardians Lorenzo (J. Carrol Naish) and Dr. Paoli (H.B. Warner) revealing their history, in The Corsican Brothers, 1941, from the Alexandre Dumas story.
Corsican Brothers, The (1941) -- (Movie Clip) They Were Born To Be One Dr. Paoli (H.B. Warner) has just separated the Siamese-twin Franchi sons and learned, with the DuPre's (Walter Kingsford, Nana Bryant), from Lorenzo (J. Carrol Naish) that their family has been slaughtered, whereby Lucien (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) is introduced, in The Corsican Brothers, 1941.
Canadian Pacific (1949) -- (Movie Clip) It Got Too Tame Railroad surveyor Tom (Randolph Scott) rides into the construction camp east of the Rockies, meeting Branagan, (Walter Sande), buddy Dynamite (J. Carrol Naish) and villain Cagle (Don Haggerty), the new lady doctor Edith Cabot (Jane Wyatt) intervening, early in Canadian Pacific, 1949.