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      Joseph Calleia

      Joseph Calleia

      Highest Rated: 100% Lured (1947)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Johnny Cool (1963)

      Birthday: Aug 4, 1897

      Birthplace: St. Julians, Malta

      A veteran theater performer and character actor so famous that Malta honored his death with commemorative stamps, Joseph Calleia went from touring Europe with a harmonica band to acting alongside some of the greatest Hollywood actors of his time. Calleia came to the United States in 1926 after traveling through post-World War I Europe, and he soon became a major presence on Broadway. He traded heavily on his dark features, and his 1931 contract signing with MGM found him playing mobsters, villains, and outlaws in numerous films, including the Jean Harlow/Spencer Tracy crime drama "Riff Raff" and the exotic mystery "Algiers." After establishing himself as a sought-after character actor in the '30s, Calleia became a heavyweight bad guy in the 1940s, using his ethnic looks to memorably portray a Spanish guerilla leader in the 1943 adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and an Argentinian government agent in the classic noir film "Gilda." However, one of Calleia's greatest roles came in 1958 as American police officer Pete Menzies in Orson Welles's bewildering and beloved "Touch of Evil." The film, about a tangled web of blackmail, deception, and manipulation in a small Mexican town, was one of his last Hollywood appearances--after several more roles, including that of a heroic politician in 1960's "The Alamo," he left the United States and returned to Malta, where he lived for the rest of his life.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Lured
      96% After the Thin Man
      95% Touch of Evil
      93% My Little Chickadee
      90% Gilda
      86% Hot Blood
      85% The Littlest Outlaw
      83% The Caddy


      THE GLASS KEY, Joseph Calleia, 1942 ALGIERS, Joseph Calleia, 1938 LURED, from left: Lucille Ball, Joseph Calleia, 1947 TOUCH OF EVIL, Joseph Calleia, 1958 WILD IS THE WIND, Anthony Franciosa, Anna Magnani, Joseph Calleia, 1957 TOUCH OF EVIL, Charlton Heston, Joseph Calleia, 1958 THE CROSS OF LORRAINE, Jack Lambert, Hume Cronyn, Joseph Calleia, 1943 TOUCH OF EVIL, Joanna Moore, Joseph Calleia, 1958 TOUCH OF EVIL, Charlton Heston, Mort Mills, Joseph Calleia, 1958 DEADLINE AT DAWN, from left: Joseph Calleia, Bill Williams, Susan Hayward, 1946 RIFFRAFF, Joseph Calleia, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, 1936 DEADLINE AT DAWN, Paul Lukas, Jerome Cowan, Joseph Calleia, 1946 HIS BROTHER'S WIFE, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor, Joseph Calleia, 1936 ALGIERS, Joseph Calleia, Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie, 1938 DEADLINE AT DAWN, from left: Susan Hayward, Joseph Calleia, Jerome Cowan, 1946 SUNDOWN, Reginald Gardiner, Bruce Cabot, George Sanders, Joseph Calleia, 1941 DEADLINE AT DAWN, from left: Paul Lukas, Joseph Calleia, Jerome Cowan, 1946 THE PALOMINO, from left: Joseph Calleia, Beverly Tyler, Jerome Courtland, Roy Roberts, 1950 THE GLASS KEY, William Bendix, George Meader, Joseph Calleia, 1942 THE CROSS OF LORRAINE, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Richard Whorf, Gene Kelly, Joseph Calleia, Peter Lorre, 1943



      50% 44% Johnny Cool Tourist (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry Tough Sr. Estrada (Character) - 1959
      95% 92% Touch of Evil Police Sergeant Pete Menzies (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 64% Wild Is the Wind Alberto (Character) - 1957
      86% 43% Hot Blood Papa Theodore (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 43% Serenade Maestro Marcatello (Character) - 1956
      85% 50% The Littlest Outlaw Padre (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 14% Underwater! Rico Herrera (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 45% The Treasure of Pancho Villa Pablo Morales (Character) - 1955
      83% 75% The Caddy Papa Anthony (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Yankee Buccaneer Count Domingo Del Prado (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 14% The Iron Mistress Juan Moreno (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When in Rome Aggiunto Bodulli (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Valentino Luigi Verducci (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Palomino Miguel Gonzales (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 43% The Light Touch Lt. Massiro (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 14% Captain Carey, U.S.A. Dr. Lunati (Character) - 1950
      80% 62% Branded Rubriz (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vendetta Mayor Guido Barracini (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 67% Four Faces West Monte Marquez (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 58% The Noose Hangs High Nick Craig (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Noose Sugiani (Character) - 1948
      100% 70% Lured Dr. Nicholas Moryani (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beginning or the End Dr. Enrico Fermi (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 58% Deadline at Dawn Val Bartelli (Character) - 1946
      90% 88% Gilda Detective Maurice Obregon (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 58% The Conspirators Police Captain Pereira (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 53% The Cross of Lorraine Rodriguez (Character) - 1944
      67% 63% For Whom the Bell Tolls El Sordo (Character) - 1943
      78% 71% The Glass Key Nick Varna (Character) - 1942
      54% 56% Jungle Book Buldeo (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 27% The Monster and the Girl Deacon (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 9% Sundown Pallini (Character) - 1941
      93% 63% My Little Chickadee Jeff Badger (proprietor, Last Gasp Saloon/The Masked Bandit) (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Man of Wyoming John Buckley (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wyoming John Buckley (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 63% Five Came Back Vasquez (Character) - 1939
      83% 47% Golden Boy Eddie Fuseli (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 21% The Gorilla Stranger (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Full Confession Unknown (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 77% Marie Antoinette Drouet (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 61% Algiers Inpector Slimane (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bad Man of Brimstone Ben (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man of the People Jack Moreno (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Exclusive Story Ace Acello (Character) - 1936
      96% 90% After the Thin Man Lichee Club Owner (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tough Guy Joseph "Joe" Calerno (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 8% His Brother's Wife Fish-Eye (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Robin Hood of El Dorado Screenwriter - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sinner Take All Penny (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sworn Enemy Joe Emerald (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 48% Riffraff Nick (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Public Hero No. 1 Sonny `'Dinkie'` Black (Character) - 1935


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zorro Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1958