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Joseph Calleia (1897–1975)

His full name was Giuseppe Maria Spurrin-Calleja - but he was better known as Joseph or Joe Calleia, one of Hollywood's most recognized bad guys. But Calleia's roots and talents ran much deeper than character actor. He was Maltese, born on that barren but historically important island of Malta between Italy and Africa in the Mediterranean. The ... See full bio »


(age 78) in Valletta, Malta

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 1963 Johnny Cool
 1959 Cry Tough
Sr. Estrada
 1959 Zorro (TV Series)
Padre Simeon
- The Sergeant Sees Red (1959) ... Padre Simeon
 1959 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
- Bilko's Credit Card (1959) ... Alfredo
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Sheriff Sam Truett
- The Manhunter (1958) ... Sheriff Sam Truett
 1958 The Light in the Forest
Chief Cuyloga
 1957 Wild Is the Wind
 1956 Serenade
Maestro Marcatello
 1956 Hot Blood
Papa Theodore
 1955 The Littlest Outlaw
 1955 The Treasure of Pancho Villa
Pablo Morales
 1955 Underwater!
Rico Herrera
 1952 The Iron Mistress
Juan Moreno
 1952 Yankee Buccaneer
Count Domingo Del Prado
 1952 When in Rome
Aggiunto Bodulli
 1951 The Light Touch
Lt. Massiro
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- Night Over Taos (1951)
 1951 Valentino
Luigi Verducci
 1950 Vendetta
Mayor Guido Barracini
 1950 Branded
 1950 The Palomino
Miguel Gonzales
 1950 Captain Carey, U.S.A.
Dr. Lunati
 1948 Four Faces West
Monte Marquez
 1947 Lured
Dr. Nicholas Moryani
 1946 Deadline at Dawn
Val Bartelli
 1946 Gilda
Det. Maurice Obregon
 1944 The Conspirators
Police Captain Pereira
 1943 The Cross of Lorraine
 1941 Sundown
 1941 The Monster and the Girl
 1940 Wyoming
John Buckley
 1940 My Little Chickadee
Jeff Badger
 1939 Full Confession
Father Loma
 1939 Golden Boy
Eddie Fuseli
 1939 Five Came Back
 1939 The Gorilla
 1939 Juarez
Alejandro Uradi
 1938 Algiers
 1937 Man of the People
Jack Moreno
 1936 After the Thin Man
 1936 Sinner Take All
 1936 Sworn Enemy
Joe Emerald
 1936 His Brother's Wife
 1936 Tough Guy
Joseph 'Joe' Calerno
 1936 Exclusive Story
Ace Acello
 1936 Riffraff
Nick Lewis
 1935 Public Hero #1
 1932 The Divorce Racket
Stephen Arnaud
 1931 His Woman
The Agent
 1931 My Sin
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Stage: Appeared (credited as Joseph Spurin-Calleia; as "Kruger") in "The Front Page" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. Directed by George S. Kaufman. Times Square Theatre: 14 Aug 1928-Apr 1929 (closing date unknown/276 performances). Cast: Walter Baldwin (as "Bensinger, of The Tribune"), George Barbier (... See more »


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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During his retirement time in Malta he received a telegram from Francis Ford Coppola, who offered him the part of Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972). As much as Coppola wanted Calleia for the part, Calleia had to refuse because of health reasons. See more »

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