J. Carrol Naish

Show Count: 157
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: January 21, 1896, New York City, New York, USA
Died: January 24, 1973, La Jolla, California, USA

Joseph Patrick Carroll Naish (January 21, 1896 – January 24, 1973), known professionally as J. Carrol Naish, was an Americancharacter actor. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award for film roles, and he later found fame in the title role of CBS Radio'sLife With Luigi (1948–1953), which was also on aired on television.

Early life

Born Joseph Patrick Carroll Naish in New York City, he appeared on stage for several years before he began his film career. He began as a member of Gus Edwards's vaudeville troupe of child performers. After World War I, Naish formed his own song and dance act in Paris. He was traveling the globe from Europe to Egypt to Asia, when his China-bound ship developed engine problems, leaving him in California in 1926.


Naish's uncredited bit role in What Price Glory? (1926) launched his career in more than two hundred films. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the first for his role in the movie Sahara (1943), and for his performance in the movieA Medal for Benny (1945). For the latter film, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. He playedBoris Karloff's assistant in House of Frankenstein (1944).

He was of Irish descent, but he never used his dialect skills to play Irishmen. Naish did however play real life Irish-American Philip Sheridan in John Ford's Rio Grande, explaining, "When the part of an Irishman comes along, nobody ever thinks of me." He did play other ethnicities such as Italian, Native American, Hispanic and Chinese, which earned him the moniker "Hollywood's one-man U.N.".

Three generations of Naishes in 1952. Seated is Patrick Naish; standing are his son, J. Carrol, and granddaughter, Elaine. Elaine Naish was an actress who often played supporting roles on Life With Luigi.

By 1971, he appeared in his final film role, Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971), as a mad scientist; a role descended from the original Dr. Frankenstein takes to murdering young women for experimentation in hopes of reviving his ancestor's creation, with help from his mute assistant, played by Lon Chaney Jr., whose film appearance was also his last.

Personal life

Naish was married (from 1929 until his death) to actress Gladys Heaney (1907–1987); they had one daughter, Elaine.


Naish died of emphysema on January 24, 1973 at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. He is interred at Calvary Cemetery.

For his contributions to television and film, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6145 Hollywood Boulevard.


Source: Wikipedia

Life With LuigiLife With Luigi
Show Count: 144
Broadcast History: 21 September 1948 to 3 March 1953
Sponsor: Wrigley’s Gum
Cast: J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Jody Gilbert, Gil Stratton Jr., Mary Shipp, Hans Conried, Joe Forte, Ken Peters
Director: William N Robson, Mac Benoff
Producer: Cy Howard
Broadcast: August 15, 1946
Added: Oct 03 2021
Broadcast: 14th December 1942
Added: Dec 15 2007
Broadcast: 01 August 1946
Added: Aug 03 2007
Broadcast: March 4, 1948
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Broadcast: February 18, 1951
Added: Feb 29 2020
Broadcast: January 23, 1957
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Broadcast: 13th December 1943
Added: Dec 08 2007
Broadcast: 12th July 1945
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
Added: Apr 27 2007
Broadcast: 11th March 1947
Added: Nov 18 2007
Broadcast: 15th October 1945
Added: Oct 20 2012
Broadcast: 1st February 1945
Added: Sep 01 2006
Broadcast: 6th July 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
Added: Jul 06 2008
Broadcast: 31st March 1954
Added: Mar 30 2008
Broadcast: 4th February 1952
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
Added: Feb 04 2005
Broadcast: 25th December 1944
Added: Aug 01 2002