Joseph Calleia

Actor

1897-1975

Born Joseph Spurin-Calleja, he began as an opera singer, appearing on radio and touring the world as such. With his large physique, wavy hair, prominent nose and mustache, Calleia became a menacing character actor in Hollywood films, often playing darkly mysterious roles and sinister bad guys; still, there was a significant element of humor in many of his performances. He helped write the screenplay for the B-movie The Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936).

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