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      Frank Puglia

      Frank Puglia

      Highest Rated: 100% Bordertown (1935)

      Lowest Rated: 17% The Black Orchid (1959)

      Birthday: Mar 9, 1892

      Birthplace: Sicily, Italy

      When he was just 13 years old, Frank Puglia was appearing in Italian operas. When he was 15, in 1907, he left Italy and came to the United States and, soon after, joined an Italian opera company there. In 1921, while he was performing in a production of the stage drama "The Two Orphans," he was spotted by the legendary director D.W. Griffith, who hired him to reprise the role in the film version of the play, entitled "Orphans of the Storm." In the original play, Puglia's character dies in the end sequence, but in Griffith's movie, test audiences did not react well to the death, so the ending was reshot, with the character surviving. Puglia often capitalized on his Italian heritage by playing a variety of "ethnic" roles. He could be seen playing characters like waiters, soldiers, gangsters, musicians, and priests. He appeared in over 150 roles. One of his most memorable characters was a Moroccan rug vendor in Humphrey Bogart's most famous film, "Casablanca," in 1942. Some other films he appeared in include "Jungle Book" in 1942, "The Phantom of the Opera" in 1943, and "20 Million Miles to Earth" in 1957.

      Highest rated movies

      Maytime
      Bordertown
      Brute Force
      The Mark of Zorro
      Orphans of the Storm
      Arise, My Love
      Blood on the Sun
      My Favorite Brunette

      Photos

      TALL IN THE SADDLE, John Wayne, Frank Puglia, 1944 ARISE MY LOVE, Frank Puglia, Ray Milland, 1940 BLACK HAND, Frank Puglia, Gene Kelly, Teresa Celli, 1950 BAREFOOT BOY, Jackie Moran, Bradley Metcalfe, Frank Puglia, Matty Fain, 1938 TALL IN THE SADDLE, John Wayne, Frank Puglia, 1944 BAREFOOT BOY, Ralph Morgan, Marcia Mae Jones, Charles D. Brown, Frank Puglia, Earle Hodgins, 1938 GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!, Lily Valenty, Frank Puglia, Elvis Presley, 1962 ORPHANS OF THE STORM, Dorothy Gish, Frank Puglia, 1921 IN OLD CALIENTE, first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh from left: Jack La Rue, Katherine DeMille, Roy Rogers, Paul Marion, Gabby Hayes, 1939 ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, Kurt Katch, Maria Montez, Frank Puglia, 1944 FIESTA, Mary Astor, Fortunio Bonanova, Frank Puglia, 1947 MY FAVORITE BRUNETTE, Jack LaRue, John Hoyt, Charles Dingle, Frank Puglia, Peter Lorre, Bob Hope, Lon Chaney, Jr., 1947 ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, from left: Jon Hall, Frank Puglia, 1944 ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, from left: Ramsay Ames, Maria Montez, Frank Puglia, Kurt Katch, Moroni Olsen, 1944 ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, from left: Kurt Katch, Maria Montez, Frank Puglia, 1944 ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, from left: Ramsay Ames, Maria Montez, Frank Puglia, Kurt Katch, Moroni Olsen, 1944 TALL IN THE SADDLE, Frank Puglia, Ella Raines, John Wayne, 1944 MY FAVORITE BRUNETTE, Bob Hope, Jack LaRue, Frank Puglia, Peter Lorre, 1947 TALL IN THE SADDLE, John Wayne, Frak Puglia, Ella Raines, 1944 THE JUNGLE BOOK, John Qualen, Joseph Calleia, Frank Puglia, 1942

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole Mr. Alissandro (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Somewhere in Italy -- Company B Unknown (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sword of Ali Baba Cassim (Character) - 1965
      33% 49% Girls! Girls! Girls! Papa Stavros (Character) - 1962
      17% 61% The Black Orchid Henry Gallo (Character) - 1959
      75% 55% 20 Million Miles to Earth Dr. Leonardo (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 43% Serenade Manuel Montes (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 47% The Burning Hills Tio Perico (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Duel at Apache Wells Señor Valdez (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 43% The First Texan Pepe (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 82% Casanova's Big Night Carabaccio (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Steel Lady Sheik Taras (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bandits of Corsica Riggio (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 14% Captain Carey, U.S.A. Luigi (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 54% Walk Softly, Stranger A.J. Corelli (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 32% The Black Hand Carlo Sabballera (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desert Hawk Ahmed Bey (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 70% Colorado Territory Brother Tomas (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bagdad Saleel (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 44% Fiesta Doctor (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 50% Escape Me Never The Guide (Character) - 1947
      95% 87% Brute Force Ferrara (Character) - 1947
      78% 69% My Favorite Brunette Baron Montay (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 54% Without Reservations Ortega (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 52% A Song to Remember Monsieur Jollet (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 56% Weekend at the Waldorf Emile (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 64% Roughly Speaking Tony (Character) - 1945
      80% 35% Blood on the Sun Prince Tatsugi (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 58% Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Prince Cassim (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 50% Princess O'Rourke Greek Cafe Proprietor (uncredited) (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 25% Tarzan's Desert Mystery Magistrate (Character) - 1943
      77% 77% Phantom of the Opera Villeneuve (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Iron Major Unknown (Character) - 1943
      54% 56% Jungle Book The Pundit (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 70% Always in My Heart Joe Borelli (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight Lieutenant Father Carlos (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 29% Billy the Kid Pedro Gonzales (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 56% That Night in Rio Pedro (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law of the Tropics Tito (Character) - 1941
      92% 79% The Mark of Zorro Propietor (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 19% The Fatal Hour Harry 'Hardway' Lockett (Character) - 1940
      83% 61% Arise, My Love Father Jacinto (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 71% Charlie Chan in Panama Achmed Halide (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Mr. Ernie (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 0% In Old Caliente Don José Vargas (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Code of the Secret Service Train Conductor (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery of White Room Puglia (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl and the Gambler Gomez (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 31% Bulldog Drummond's Revenge Draven Nogais (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 42% The Shining Hour Maurice (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sharpshooters Ivan (Character) - 1938
      100% 88% Maytime Orchestra Conductor (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 68% The Bride Wore Red Alberto (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mama Steps Out Robert Dalderder (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Doctor's Diary Louie (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 40% The Devil Is a Sissy "Grandma" (Character) - 1936
      100% 39% Bordertown Police Commissioner (Character) - 1935
      60% 46% Viva Villa! Pancho Villa's father (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Romola Adolfo Spini (Character) - 1924
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Isn't Life Wonderful Theodor (Character) - 1924
      88% 72% Orphans of the Storm Pierre Frochard (Character) - 1922

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Grandfather Bertelli (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1967 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Nun Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Papa (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet 54% I Dream of Jeannie Salvatori (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      92% 86% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Knows Best Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Zi-Zi (Character) 1955