Don Novello

Actor, Comedian, Writer
Known to fans of classic "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) as Father Guido Sarducci, comedian Don Novello played that irreverent Catholic priest on and off in different mediums for the better part of four decades ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1942 in Ashtabula, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

Palo Alto 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Wilson (Actor)

Twixt 2010 (Movie)

Melvin (Actor)

Factory Girl 2006 (Movie)

Mort Silvers (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

Atlantis: Milo's Return 2003 (Movie)

of Vinny (Voice)

TV Road Trip: New York 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

of Vincenzo 'Vinny' Santorini (Voice)

Just One Night 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 (Movie)

Fruit Vendor Twins (Actor)

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Blossom 1978 - 1980, 1985 - 1986, 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1978 - 1980, 1985 - 1986, 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1978 - 1980, 1985 - 1986, 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unhappily Ever After 1978 - 1980, 1985 - 1986, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touch 1997 (Movie)

Father Navaroli (Actor)

Jack 1996 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Nothing Sacred 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Casper 1995 (Movie)

Father Guido Sarducci (Actor)

One Night Stand 1995 (Movie)

Warren Miller (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseball Relief: An All-Star Comedy Salute 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Godfather, Part III 1990 (Movie)

Dominic Abbandando (Actor)

The Spirit of '76 1990 (Movie)

Translator (Actor)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Not Necessarily the News of the World 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sarducci's Vatican Inquirer: The Pope's Tour 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Tucker: the Man and His Dream 1988 (Movie)

Stan (Actor)

Our Planet Tonight 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Rodriguez: I Need the Couch 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Head Office 1986 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1978 - 1980, 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blondes vs. Brunettes 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Gilda Live 1980 (Movie)

Father Guido Sarducci (Actor)

The Smothers Brothers Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

La Pastorela (TV Show)

Actor

Rent Control (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Gilda Live 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Van Dyke and Company 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

Things We Did Last Summer (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (1)

SCTV Network 1977 - 1984 (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Known to fans of classic "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) as Father Guido Sarducci, comedian Don Novello played that irreverent Catholic priest on and off in different mediums for the better part of four decades, cleverly commenting on all manner of political and religious events from various eras. He also proved to be a wicked satirist in the form of Lazlo Toth, the fictitious letter writer eager to offer his two cents on everything politicians and other American powerbrokers were doing and how he felt they could be doing it better. While not all of Novello's projects came to fruition - most notably, "Noble Rot," a movie he was co-writing with his "SNL" co-star John Belushi right before the troubled comedian's fatal drug overdose in 1982 - he orchestrated some unique endeavors, including a high school year book featuring nothing but sheep and a complex children's musical that took months to plan, involved hundreds of children, and was only performed once. While Guido Sarducci remained Novello's best known character, he also landed occasional work as an actor, including parts in several films by director Francis Ford Coppola, and displayed considerable flair as a humorist with a unique sensibility.

Relationships

Eleanor Novello

Mother

Augustin Novello

Father

EDUCATION

Lorain High School

Lorain , Ohio

University of Dayton

Dayton , Ohio 1964

Milestones

2001

Voiced the character of Vinny Santorini in "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"

2000

Portrayed a dual role as twin fruit sellers in "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle"

1999

Appeared alonside Andy Garcia and Andie MacDowell in "Just the Ticket"

1996

Again teamed with Coppola on "Jack", starring Robin Williams

1995

Co-starred in "One Night Stand"

1993

Played Fr. Sarducci in the PBS miniseries "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City"

1990

Reteamed with Coppola for a role in "The Godfather, Part III"

1988

Had supporting role as a filmmaker in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream", directed by Francis Ford Coppola

1985

Appeared in the film comedy "Head Office"

1980

Made film debut (acting and writing) in "Gilda Live"; played signature role of Father Guido Sarducci

1978

Joined "Saturday Night Live" as writer and actor; remained with show until 1980; rejoined cast in 1985; left second time in 1986

1975

Appeared on and wrote for "The Smothers Brothers Hour" (CBS)

1972

Appeared on Ken Shapiro's "Chicken Little Comedy Hour" on San Francisco UHF TV

Worked in advertising in late 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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His other alter ego is Lazlo Toth, as whom he wrote letters to famous people and published the replied.

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Novello was arrested at the Vatican in 1981 for "impersonating a priest".

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