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Nestor Paiva (Nestor Caetano Paiva)

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Biography

Fresno, California, USA
Veteran character actor Nestor Paiva had one of those nondescript ethnic mugs and a natural gift for dialects that allowed him to play practically any type of foreigner. Born in Fresno, California, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and developed an interest in performing while hooking up with college theatrics. Making his debut in a production of "Antigone," he played in a Los Angeles production of "The Drunkard" for 11 years, finally leaving the show as his workload grew in number and importance in the mid-40s. Read more...

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Character: Man in Street When Gypsies Arrive

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939

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Character: West Indies Club Headwaiter

Another Thin Man 1939

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Character: Woman's Escort

Midnight 1939

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Character: Canadian Pacific Conductor

Union Pacific 1939

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Character: Corporal Golas

Beau Geste 1939

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Character: Abolitionist Noticing Army Horse Brand

Santa Fe Trail 1940

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Character: Venezuelan Officer

Boom Town 1940

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Character: Tony's Pal at Table

They Knew What They Wanted 1940

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Character: Rufus - Henchman in Hawaii

The Green Hornet Strikes Again! 1940

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Character: Canadian Guide

Pot o' Gold 1941

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Character: Tony Luce

Johnny Eager 1941

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Character: Fred Flores

Hold Back the Dawn 1941

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Character: Martin Vestrick

Meet Boston Blackie 1941

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Character: Gold Coast Headwaiter

Tall, Dark and Handsome 1941

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Character: Missionairy

Flying Tigers 1942

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Character: Man with Suspenders

Reap the Wild Wind 1942

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Character: Felix - Henchman

Ship Ahoy 1942

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Character: Koylan

Background to Danger 1943

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Character: Silvio - Ringleader

The Dancing Masters 1943

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Character: Italian Major

Chetniks 1943

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Character: Big Joe Vlochek

Tornado 1943

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Character: Kapopolis

True to Life 1943

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Character: Chief Nataro

Rhythm of the Islands 1943

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Character: Captain of the Police

Kismet 1944

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Character: Willie - Bartender

Music for Millions 1944

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Character: Luigi a Bar Owner

Nob Hill 1945

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Character: Panatela

Salome Where She Danced 1945

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Character: Patient #2

The Paleface 1948

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Character: Ship's Captain

Rope of Sand 1949

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Character: Louis Galba

Young Man with a Horn 1950

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Character: Lisbon Surgeon

With a Song in My Heart 1952

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Character: Capt. Van Hoten

Mara Maru 1952

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Character: Miccoli

Call Me Madam 1953

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Character: Alfredo - the Jeweler

Ten Thousand Bedrooms 1957

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Character: Governor John Bullard

The Wild Westerners 1962

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Character: Del Gado

I Spy 1965

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Character: Frank Alviso

A Medal for Benny 1945

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Character: Egisto Barretto

The Great Caruso 1951

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Character: Bluebell Manager

Primrose Path 1940

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Character: Maisongrosse

The Song of Bernadette 1943

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Character: Dr. Henry T. Dobson

The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950

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Character: Henri le Royer

Joan of Arc 1948

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Character: Brother Jonathon

77 Sunset Strip 1958

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Character: Judge Le Beau

Four Star Playhouse 1952

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Character: Capt. Grimby

The Addams Family 1964

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Character: Don Alfredo Ferrer

Goodyear Theatre 1957

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Character: Gamali

Dennis the Menace 1959

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Character: Old Bus Passenger

The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1960

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Character: Capt. Manuel Silva

Waterfront 1954

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Character: Guiseppe Aralde

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin 1954

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