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Joseph Calleia (Joseph Spurin-Calleia)

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Biography

St. Julians, Malta
His full name was Giuseppe Maria Spurrin-Calleja - but he was better known as Joseph or Joe Calleia, one of Hollywood's most recognized bad guys. But Calleia's roots and talents ran much deeper than character actor. He was Maltese, born on that barren but historically important island of Malta between Italy and Africa in the Mediterranean. The Maltese culture was a crossroads of peoples (partially Arabic) but as intrepid fisherman, navigators, and warriors-as they proved to the 16th century Turks - it was a proud one. Read more...

Actor

Character: 'Dancer'

After the Thin Man 1936

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Character: 'Fish-Eye'

His Brother's Wife 1936

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Character: Eddie Fuseli

Golden Boy 1939

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Character: Alejandro Uradi

Juarez 1939

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Character: Jeff Badger

My Little Chickadee 1940

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Character: Nick Varna

The Glass Key 1942

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Character: Police Captain Pereira

The Conspirators 1944

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Character: Det. Maurice Obregon

Gilda 1946

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Character: Dr. Nicholas Moryani

Lured 1947

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Character: Papa Anthony

The Caddy 1953

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Character: Rico Herrera

Underwater! 1955

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Character: Maestro Marcatello

Serenade 1956

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Character: Police Sergeant Pete Menzies

Touch of Evil 1958

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Character: Monte Marquez

Four Faces West 1948

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Character: Dr. Lunati

Captain Carey, U.S.A. 1950

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Writing