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Nestor Paiva (1905–1966)

Veteran character actor Nestor Paiva had one of those nondescript ethnic mugs and a natural gift for dialects that allowed him to play practically any type of foreigner. Born in Fresno, California, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and developed an interest in performing while hooking up with college theatrics. Making his ... See full bio »

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 1967 The Spirit Is Willing
Felicity's Father
 1966 Let's Kill Uncle
 1963 California
Gen. Micheltorena
 1962 Girls! Girls! Girls!
Arthur Morgan (uncredited)
 1962 The Three Stooges in Orbit
 1962 The Wild Westerners
Governor John Bullard
 1961 Atlantis: The Lost Continent
Megalos (uncredited)
 1961 Gold of the Seven Saints
Gondora Henchman
 1961 Frontier Uprising
Don Carlos Montalvo
 1960 Can-Can
 1960 The Bramble Bush
Pete Madruga (uncredited)
 1959 The Purple Gang
Laurence Orlofsky
 1959 Vice Raid
Frank Burke
 1959 Pier 5, Havana
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Grigsby (uncredited)
 1958 The Case Against Brooklyn
 1958 The Left Handed Gun
Pete Maxwell
 1958 The Lady Takes a Flyer
 1958 The Deep Six
Pappa Tatos
 1958 Outcasts of the City
Pastor Skira
 1957 Les Girls
Spanish Peasant (uncredited)
 1957 Ten Thousand Bedrooms
Alfredo - the Jeweler (uncredited)
 1957 The Guns of Fort Petticoat
 1956 The Wild Party
 1956 Ride the High Iron
Yard Boss
 1956 Scandal Incorporated
Leland Miller - Tabloid Publicist
 1956 The First Texan
Priest (uncredited)
 1956 Comanche
 1955 All That Heaven Allows
 1955 Hell on Frisco Bay
Louis Fiaschetti
 1955 Tarantula
Sheriff Jack Andrews
 1955 New York Confidential
 1954 Four Guns to the Border
 1954 Thunder Pass
Daniel Slaughter
 1954 The Desperado
Captain Jake Thornton
 1954 Casanova's Big Night
 1954 Jivaro
 1953 Killer Ape
 1953 Prisoners of the Casbah
 1953 I, the Jury
 1953 Split Second
Pete (uncredited)
 1953 Call Me Madam
Miccoli (uncredited)
 1953 Bandits of Corsica
 1952 April in Paris
Ship Captain (uncredited)
 1952 South Pacific Trail
Carlos Alvarez
 1952 Diplomatic Courier
Train Conductor (uncredited)
 1952 Mara Maru
Capt. Van Hoten (uncredited)
 1952 With a Song in My Heart
Lisbon Surgeon (uncredited)
 1952 The Fabulous Senorita
José Rodriguez
 1952 5 Fingers
Turkish Ambassador (uncredited)
 1952 Viva Zapata!
New General (uncredited)
 1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
Headwaiter (uncredited)
 1951 Double Dynamite
'Hot Horse' Harris, the Bookie
 1951 My Favorite Spy
Fire Chief
 1951 On Dangerous Ground
Bagganierri (uncredited)
 1951 The Lady Pays Off
 1951 A Millionaire for Christy
Mr. Rapello
 1951 Jim Thorpe -- All-American
Hiram Thorpe (uncredited)
 1951 The Great Caruso
Egisto Barretto
 1951 Flame of Stamboul
Joe Octavian
 1950 The Desert Hawk
Abdul (uncredited)
 1950 Fortunes of Captain Blood
Spanish Ship Captain (uncredited)
 1950 I Was a Shoplifter
Detective (uncredited)
 1950 Guilty of Treason
Hungarian Vice Premier Matyas Rakosi
 1950 Young Man with a Horn
Louis Galba
 1949 The Inspector General
Gregor (uncredited)
 1949 Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Lucca (scenes deleted)
 1949 Rope of Sand
Ship's Captain (uncredited)
 1949 Mighty Joe Young
 1949 Follow Me Quietly
 1949 Bride of Vengeance
 1949 Alias Nick Beal
 1948 The Paleface
Patient #2
 1948 Joan of Arc
Henri le Royer (Catherine's husband)
 1948 Mr. Reckless
 1948 Adventures of Casanova
Prefecture of Police
 1947 Robin Hood of Monterey
The Alcalde
 1947 The Trouble with Women
2ndTony, the Waiter (uncredited)
 1947 A Likely Story
 1947 Carnival in Costa Rica
Padre Rafael
 1947 Shoot to Kill
Gus Miller
 1947 Ramrod
 1947 The Lone Wolf in Mexico
Police Capt. Carlos Rodriguez
 1946 Humoresque
Orchestra Leader
 1946 The Last Crooked Mile
 1946 Suspense
Man with Blond, to her right (uncredited)
 1946 The Well-Groomed Bride
Fernandez (uncredited)
 1946 Fear
Detective Shaefer
 1945 Cornered
Police Official (uncredited)
 1945 Sensation Hunters
Lew Davis
 1945/I Along the Navajo Trail
 1945 The Southerner
 1945 Nob Hill
Luigi a Bar Owner (uncredited)
 1945 Salome Where She Danced
 1945 A Medal for Benny
Frank Alviso (uncredited)
 1944 Music for Millions
Willie - Bartender (uncredited)
 1944 Kismet
Captain of the Police (uncredited)
 1944 The Falcon in Mexico
Manuel Romero
 1944 Tornado
Big Joe Vlochek
 1944 Tampico
Naval Commander (uncredited)
 1944 Shine on Harvest Moon
Romero (uncredited)
 1943 Tarzan's Desert Mystery
Prison Guard (uncredited)
 1943 True to Life
Kapopolis (uncredited)
 1943 The Song of Bernadette
Maisongrosse (uncredited)
 1943 The Desert Song
 1943 The Dancing Masters
Silvio - Ringleader (uncredited)
 1943 The Fallen Sparrow
Jake (uncredited)
 1943 Background to Danger
Koylan (uncredited)
 1943 Rhythm of the Islands
Chief Nataro
 1943 Don Winslow of the Coast Guard
The Scorpion
 1943 The Crystal Ball
Stukov (uncredited)
 1943 The Hard Way
Max Wade (uncredited)
 1943 The Fighting Guerrillas
Italian Major (uncredited)
 1942 American Empire
Defense Attorney (uncredited)
 1942 Road to Morocco
Sausage Vendor (uncredited)
 1942 For Me and My Gal
Nick (uncredited)
 1942 King of the Mounties
Count Baroni
 1942 Flying Tigers
Missionary (uncredited)
 1942 Timber!
Jules Fabian
 1942 Broadway
 1942 Ship Ahoy
Felix - Henchman (uncredited)
 1942 The Girl from Alaska
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Man with Suspenders (uncredited)
 1942 The Adventures of Martin Eden
Doctor (uncredited)
 1942 Jail House Blues
Guard (uncredited)
 1942 The Lady Has Plans
Portuguese Porter (uncredited)
 1942 Fly-By-Night
 1941 Johnny Eager
Tony Luce (uncredited)
 1941 Rise and Shine
Captain (uncredited)
 1941 The Kid from Kansas
Jamaica (uncredited)
 1941 Wild Geese Calling
Waiter (uncredited)
 1941 Dressed to Kill
Jack - the Theatre Manager (uncredited)
 1941 Hold That Ghost
Glum (uncredited)
 1941 Pot o' Gold
Canadian Guide (uncredited)
 1941 Meet Boston Blackie
Martin Vestrick (uncredited)
 1941 Tall, Dark and Handsome
Gold Coast Headwaiter (uncredited)
 1940 The Green Hornet Strikes Again!
Rufus - Henchman in Hawaii [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
Abolitionist Noticing Army Horse Brand (uncredited)
 1940 Dark Streets of Cairo
 1940 The Devil's Pipeline
Grunyan - Guard (uncredited)
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Half-breed (uncredited)
 1940 They Knew What They Wanted
Tony's Pal at Table (uncredited)
 1940 Arise, My Love
Uniformed Clerk (uncredited)
 1940 He Stayed for Breakfast
Gendarme (uncredited)
 1940 Boom Town
Venezuelan Officer (uncredited)
 1940 The Sea Hawk
First Slavemaster (uncredited)
 1940 Phantom Raiders
Policeman at Morris' Office & at Finale (uncredited)
 1940 Primrose Path
Bluebell Manager (uncredited)
 1940 The Marines Fly High
Pedro Fernandez
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Man in Street When Gypsies Arrive (uncredited)
 1939 Another Thin Man
West Indies Club Headwaiter (uncredited)
 1939 Beau Geste
Corporal Golas (uncredited)
 1939 The Magnificent Fraud
Latin Businessman (uncredited)
 1939 The Girl and the Gambler
Bad-Tempered Gambler (uncredited)
 1939 Union Pacific
Canadian Pacific Conductor (uncredited)
 1939 Midnight
Woman's Escort (uncredited)
 1939 Flying G-Men
Emmett (uncredited)
 1938 Ride a Crooked Mile
 1938 Prison Train
 1938 The Spider's Web
Red (uncredited)
 1937 Blazing Barriers
CCC Captain (uncredited)
 1937 Island Captives
Taro - Carsons' Servant (uncredited)
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He was the narrator on the Capitol Records 78-RPM record album (a 2-record set) of Walt Disney's "Robin Hood", based on the 1952 film.

Alternate Names:

Nester Paiva | Nestor Pavia

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Appeared in Comanche (1956) with both his children in their only acting roles (uncredited, young boy and young girl killed by Indians). See more »

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