Nestor Paiva

Actor
Over the course of his long and varied career, Nestor Paiva used his ethnic features and his ability to handle various accents to portray villains and shady characters of every background imaginable. After developing an ... Read more »
Born: 06/30/1905 in Fresno, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (89)

The Spirit Is Willing 1966 (Movie)

Felicity's Father (Actor)

The Ballad of a Gunfighter 1963 (Movie)

Padre (Actor)

California 1962 (Movie)

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1962 (Movie)

Miguel (Actor)

The Three Stooges in Orbit 1961 (Movie)

Chairman (Actor)

Can-Can 1960 (Movie)

Bailiff (Actor)

Pier 5 Havana 1958 (Movie)

Lopez (Actor)

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1950 - 1958 (TV Show)

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The Lady Takes a Flyer 1958 (Movie)

Childreth (Actor)

The Left-Handed Gun 1958 (Movie)

Maxwell (Actor)

Les Girls 1957 (Movie)

Spanish Peasant Man (Actor)

The Deep Six 1957 (Movie)

Pappa Tatos (Actor)

The Guns of Fort Petticoat 1957 (Movie)

Tortilla (Actor)

The Donald O'Connor Show 1954 - 1956 (TV Show)

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The Mole People 1956 (Movie)

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Comanche 1955 (Movie)

Puffer (Actor)

Hell on Frisco Bay 1955 (Movie)

Lou Fiaschetti (Actor)

New York Confidential 1955 (Movie)

Martinelli (Actor)

Revenge of the Creature 1955 (Movie)

Lucas (Actor)

Tarantula 1955 (Movie)

Sheriff Jack Andrews (Actor)

Casanova's Big Night 1954 (Movie)

Gnocchi (Actor)

Four Guns to the Border 1954 (Movie)

Greasy (Actor)

Jivaro 1954 (Movie)

Shipley (Actor)

The Creature From the Black Lagoon 1954 (Movie)

Lucas (Actor)

Call Me Madam 1953 (Movie)

Miccoli (Actor)

Five Fingers 1952 (Movie)

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Viva Zapata! 1952 (Movie)

New General (Actor)

Phone Call From a Stranger 1951 (Movie)

Headwaiter (Actor)

Jim Thorpe - All American 1950 (Movie)

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Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

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Young Man With a Horn 1950 (Movie)

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Road to Rio 1947 (Movie)

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The Road to Utopia 1946 (Movie)

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A Thousand and One Nights 1945 (Movie)

Kahim (Actor)

The Song of Bernadette 1942 (Movie)

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Hold Back the Dawn 1940 (Movie)

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Midnight 1938 (Movie)

Woman's Escort (Actor)

A Likely Story (Movie)

Tiny (Actor)

A Medal for Benny (Movie)

Frank Alviso (Actor)

Another Thin Man (Movie)

Headwaiter (Actor)

Arise, My Love (Movie)

Uniformed clerk (Actor)

Background to Danger (Movie)

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Badman's Territory (Movie)

Sam Bass (Actor)

Broadway (Movie)

Rinati (Actor)

Carnival in Costa Rica (Movie)

Father Rafael (Actor)

Cornered (Movie)

Police Official (Actor)

Double Dynamite (Movie)

Bookie (Actor)

Follow Me Quietly (Movie)

Benny (Actor)

Guilty of Treason (Movie)

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He Stayed for Breakfast (Movie)

Gendarme (Actor)

Hold That Ghost (Movie)

Glum (Actor)

I Was a Shoplifter (Movie)

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Johnny Eager (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

King of the Mounties (Movie)

Count Baroni (Actor)

Kismet (Movie)

Captain of Police (Actor)

Mara Maru (Movie)

Capt. Van Hoten (Actor)

Mighty Joe Young (Movie)

Brown (Actor)

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (Movie)

Joe Appolionion (Actor)

Nob Hill (Movie)

Luigi (Actor)

Northwest Mounted Police (Movie)

Half-breed (Actor)

Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Movie)

Lucca (Actor)

Pot O' Gold (Movie)

Guide (Actor)

Prison Train (Movie)

Sullen (Actor)

Ramrod (Movie)

Curley (Actor)

Rise and Shine (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Rope of Sand (Movie)

Ship's Captain (Actor)

Salome, Where She Danced (Movie)

Panatela (Actor)

Sensation Hunters (Movie)

New Davis (Actor)

Shine On, Harvest Moon (Movie)

Romero, the Chef (Actor)

Ship Ahoy (Movie)

Felix (Actor)

Suspense (Movie)

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Tampico (Movie)

Naval Commander (Actor)

The Crystal Ball (Movie)

Stukov (Actor)

The Dancing Masters (Movie)

Silvio (Actor)

The Falcon in Mexico (Movie)

Manuel Romero (Actor)

The Great Caruso (Movie)

Egisto Barretto (Actor)

The Inspector General (Movie)

Gregor (Actor)

The Lady Has Plans (Movie)

Portuguese Porter (Actor)

The Lone Wolf in Mexico (Movie)

Carlos Rodriguez (Actor)

The Madmen of Mandoras (Movie)

Police Chief Alaniz (Actor)

The Purple Heart (Movie)

Francisco De Los Santos (Actor)

The Sea Hawk (Movie)

Slavemaster (Actor)

The Southerner (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

They Knew What They Wanted (Movie)

Pal at Table (Actor)

Timber (Movie)

Jules Fabian (Actor)

Tornado (Movie)

Big Joe Vlochek (Actor)

Wild Geese Calling (Movie)

Manager (Actor)

With a Song in My Heart (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Biography

Over the course of his long and varied career, Nestor Paiva used his ethnic features and his ability to handle various accents to portray villains and shady characters of every background imaginable. After developing an interest in theater while studying at the University of California at Berkeley, Paiva embarked on a decade-long successful stage career, appearing in many Los Angeles-area productions. Although he broke into film in the late '30s, often portraying devious villains and foreign authority figures in films like the crime caper "Angels' Alley" and the assassination drama "Bride of Vengeance", it was his memorable role as a crusty boat captain in the 1954 low-budget horror movie "Creature from the Black Lagoon" that garnered the stocky actor his biggest accolades yet. After reprising his role in the sequel, "Revenge of the Creature", Paiva landed guest roles on such series as the western adventures "Sugarfoot" and "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin", which is about an orphaned boy and his loyal dog who are adopted by the troops of a small army outpost. In 1957, he was memorably cast as the beleagured Spanish innkeeper Theo Gonzales in the popular Disney TV series "Zorro", later appearing as a French bailiff in the Frank Sinatra musical romance "Can-Can" and as an Italian criminal in "The Case Against Brooklyn", based on the true story of police corruption in 1950s New York.

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