Frank Puglia

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/09/1892 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (35)

Mr. Ricco 1975 (Movie)

Uncle Enzo (Actor)

That Girl 1966 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spy in the Green Hat 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

Girls! Girls! Girls! 1962 (Movie)

Alexander Stavros (Actor)

The Black Orchid 1958 (Movie)

Henry Gallo (Actor)

20 Million Miles to Earth 1957 (Movie)

Dr Leonardo (Actor)

Accused of Murder 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

Serenade 1956 (Movie)

Manuel (Actor)

The Burning Hills 1956 (Movie)

Tio Perico (Actor)

Casanova's Big Night 1954 (Movie)

Carabaccio (Actor)

The Shanghai Story 1954 (Movie)

Mr Chen (Actor)

The Caddy 1953 (Movie)

Mr Speezato (Actor)

Captain Carey, U.S.A. 1950 (Movie)

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Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

Nicolas de Houppeville (Actor)

Brute Force 1947 (Movie)

Ferrara (Actor)

My Favorite Brunette 1947 (Movie)

Baron Montay (Actor)

Road to Rio 1947 (Movie)

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Without Reservations 1946 (Movie)

Ortega (Actor)

A Song to Remember 1945 (Movie)

Monsieur Jollet (Actor)

Tall in the Saddle 1943 (Movie)

Tala (Actor)

Action in the North Atlantic 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Casablanca 1942 (Movie)

Arab Vendor (Actor)

Mission to Moscow 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Phantom of the Opera 1942 (Movie)

Vileneuve (Actor)

Now, Voyager 1941 (Movie)

Manoel (Actor)

Code of the Secret Service 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zaza 1938 (Movie)

Rug Merchant (Actor)

Mannequin 1937 (Movie)

Hennessey Worker (Actor)

Tropic Holiday 1937 (Movie)

Co-Pilot (Actor)

Maytime 1936 (Movie)

(Orchestra conductor) (Actor)

The Bride Wore Red 1936 (Movie)

Alberto (Actor)

Devil Is a Sissy 1935 (Movie)

Grandma' (Actor)

The Garden of Allah 1935 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

The Gay Desperado 1935 (Movie)

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Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Milestones

1907

Immigrated to the U.S.

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