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Jay Novello

Mostly Credited As: Jay Novello
Birth Name: Michael Romano
Date Of Birth: August 22, 1904 (Age 78)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
Date Of Death: September 02, 1982
Cause Of Death: Lung Cancer

Jay Novello


Although he was born in Chicago, Jay Novello learned to speak Italian from his immigrant parents before he learned to speak English. Growing up in a varied immigrant neighborhood, Novello picked up German and Greek as well. His knowledge of languages and dialects made him a natural for stage and radio work where he got roles of various ethnic backgrounds.

He moved to Hollywood and continued working in radio. His ability to play men of different nationalities soon got him into film and he made his screen debut in 1930 with a small, uncredited part. His nearly 200 film and television appearances cover every genre. He was a Japanese spy in the serial Adventures of Smilin' Jack, a Spaniard on television series Zorro (1958) and an Italian on The Untouchables (1963).

Comedy great Lucille Ball appreciated his talent and cast him multiple times in I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show. His appearance as Mr. Merriwether in the I Love Lucy episode The Seance is outstanding.

He is remembered best as Mayor Lugato in the McHale's Navy series which featured Ernest
Borgnine.


TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Kojak (1973) (1973) 
  The Frame 03x21: (Feb/08/1976) As Patriarch 
  A Grave Too Soon 03x20: (Feb/01/1976) As Patriarch 

Bronk (1975) 
  Wheel of Death 01x02: (Sep/28/1975) As Unknown 

Mannix (1967) 
  Bird of Prey (1) 08x20: (Mar/02/1975) As Tannen 
  Eight to Five, Its a Miracle 01x21: (Feb/17/1968) As Rico Pucci Sr. 

The Streets of San Francisco (1972) 
  For the Love of God 02x03: (Sep/27/1973) As Fr. Patrelli 

The Brady Bunch (1969) 
  How to Succeed in Business? 04x19: (Feb/23/1973) As Mr. Martinelli 

McCloud (1970) 
  The Million Dollar Round Up 03x05: (Feb/04/1973) As Cesare Cimarosa 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  The Test 07x22: (Feb/20/1972) As Half and Half 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  We Spy 03x23: (Mar/16/1971) As Doc Wilson 
  The Debt 02x14: (Dec/30/1969) As Franz Kovacs, [Co-Guest Stars]

Ironside (1967) 
  Accident 04x23: (Mar/11/1971) As Carl Sloan, [Co-Guest Stars]

Lassie (US) (1954) 
  Chucka 16x22: (Mar/08/1970) As Charlie Ngani 
  Escape to Danger 14x24: (Feb/25/1968) As Tom Whitney 

Then Came Bronson (1969) 
  The Gleam Of The Eagle Mind 01x17: (Jan/21/1970) As Juan Longorio 

Bonanza (1959) 
  A Lawman's Lot is Not a Happy One 11x04: (Oct/05/1969) As Fairfax 
  Woman of Fire 06x17: (Jan/17/1965) As Don Miguel 

The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967) 
  The Man Who Killed James Sonnett 02x23: (Mar/21/1969) As Morris 
  A Grave for James Sonnett 01x03: (Sep/22/1967) As Father Felipe 

Family Affair (1966) (1966) 
  Lost in Spain (3) 03x21: (Feb/24/1969) As Tio Dichoso 
  Lost in Spain (2) 03x20: (Feb/17/1969) As Tio Dichoso 
  Lost in Spain (1) 03x19: (Feb/10/1969) As Tio Dichoso 

Land of the Giants (1968) 
  Night of Thrombeldinbar 01x18: (Feb/16/1969) As Okun 

The Rat Patrol (1966) 
  The Decoy Raid 02x19: (Jan/22/1968) As La Duc 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  Let My People Go 16x05: (Oct/06/1967) As Padre Rodriguez 
  A Bell for Volcano 13x12: (Jan/11/1965) As Jack Harris 

F Troop (1965) 
  La Dolce Courage 02x12: (Nov/24/1966) As Emilio 

I Spy (US) (1965) 
  A Gift from Alexander 02x05: (Oct/12/1966) As Krauss 
  The Time of the Knife 01x08: (Nov/03/1965) As Corday 

The Lucy Show (1962) 
  Lucy, the Robot 04x23: (Feb/28/1966) As Sam Boscovitch 
  Lucy Meets a Millionaire 02x24: (Mar/16/1964) As Tony DiBello 
  Lucy and the Safe Cracker 02x05: (Oct/28/1963) As Mr. Bundy 

The Andy Griffith Show (1960) 
  Otis Sues the County 05x15: (Dec/28/1964) As Neil Bentley 
  Guest of Honor 02x21: (Feb/26/1962) As Sheldon Davis 

Combat! (1962) 
  The Town That Went Away 03x14: (Dec/22/1964) As Paul Lejeune 

The Outer Limits (1963) 
  Tourist Attraction 01x13: (Dec/23/1963) As Professor Arrivelo 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  The Butcher's Boy 04x22: (Mar/12/1963) As Gino Romaldi 

The Wide Country (1962) 
  What are Friends For? 01x05: (Oct/18/1962) As Julio Perez 

Lawman (1958) 
  The Witness 04x41: (Jun/24/1962) As Beebee (Beebee Williams) 
  The Big Hat 01x21: (Feb/22/1959) As Frank Slater 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  The Knight 05x38: (Jun/02/1962) As Otto (Otto von Albrecht) 
  The Exiles 05x20: (Jan/27/1962) As Count (Armando del Casares) 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Captain's Coins 05x17: (Jan/13/1962) As Nickolas Trevelian 

Naked City (1958) 
  Requiem for a Sunday Afternoon 03x10: (Dec/06/1961) As Anthony Scarzi 
  Make-Believe Man 02x27: (May/17/1961) As Juan Manguardo 
  Sidewalk Fisherman 01x04: (Oct/21/1958) As Gio 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  The Inverness Cape Caper 04x04: (Oct/13/1961) As Wendall Holbrook / Jason Plumstone 
  The 6 out of 8 Caper 03x32: (Apr/21/1961) As Wilmer Zaleski 
  The Negotiable Blonde 03x06: (Oct/21/1960) As Henry Packer 
  Ten Cents a Death 02x18: (Jan/29/1960) As Mr. Neidorf 

The Islanders (1960) 
  A Rope for Charlie Mundy 01x21: (Mar/05/1961) As Lt. Tamu 

One Step Beyond (1959) 
  Persons Unknown 03x20: (Feb/07/1961) As Carlos Gonzalez 

Coronado 9 (1960) 
  Run, Shep, Run 01x20: (Jan/17/1961) As guest star 

Adventures in Paradise (1959) 
  One Little Pearl 02x08: (Nov/28/1960) As Willoughby 

The Donna Reed Show (1958) 
  The Love Letter 03x04: (Oct/06/1960) As Nick Melinas 

Bat Masterson (1958) 
  Barbary Castle 02x37: (Jun/30/1960) As Captain Angus MacLeod 

The Rebel (1959) 
  Unsurrendered Sword 01x26: (Apr/03/1960) As Morales 

Bourbon Street Beat (1959) 
  Wall of Silence 01x25: (Mar/28/1960) As David Stanek 

Colt .45 (1957) 
  The Cause 03x14: (Feb/28/1960) As guest star 
  Small Man 01x05: (Nov/15/1957) As John Barnett 

Wichita Town (1959) 
  Brothers of the Knife 01x19: (Feb/10/1960) As Frank Ruzzo 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Lita Foladaire Story 03x14: (Jan/06/1960) As Carlotti 

Hawaiian Eye (1959) 
  Stamped for Danger 01x14: (Jan/06/1960) As Ahmed 

Maverick (1957) 
  The Marquesa 03x16: (Jan/03/1960) As Pepe 
  The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick 02x01: (Sep/21/1958) As Oliver Poole 
  Plunder of Paradise 01x24: (Mar/09/1958) As Paco Torres 
  According to Hoyle 01x03: (Oct/06/1957) As Henry Tree 

M Squad (1957) 
  Another Face, Another Life 03x10: (Nov/27/1959) As Max Williams 

Sugarfoot (1957) 
  Small Hostage 02x19: (May/26/1959) As Pepe Valdez 

The Real McCoys (1957) 
  The Wedding 02x23: (Mar/05/1959) As John Wetherly 

Steve Canyon (1958) 
  Operation Souvenir 01x19: (Jan/29/1959) As Formosa Freddie 

Bronco (1958) 
  Quest of the Thirty Dead 01x02: (Oct/07/1958) As Paco 

Zorro (1957) (1957) 
  The Eagle's Flight 01x39: (Jul/03/1958) As Juan Greco 
  Bernardo Faces Death 01x38: (Jun/26/1958) As Juan Greco 
  The Eagle Leaves the Nest 01x37: (Jun/19/1958) As Juan Greco 
  The Tightening Noose 01x35: (Jun/05/1958) As Juan Greco 

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954) 
  Spanish Gold 04x20: (Mar/07/1958) As Enrique Contreras 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  Millionaire Martha Crockett 04x21: (Feb/12/1958) As Harry Crockett 
  Millionaire Harvey Blake 01x07: (Mar/02/1955) As Harvey Blake 

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957) 
  Arson 02x05: (Jan/30/1958) As Bernie Beanly 

Trackdown (1957) 
  The Reward 01x13: (Jan/03/1958) As Robert Murchison 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  Judge Not 07x49: (Aug/15/1957) As guest star 
  A Medal for Benny 05x14: (Nov/25/1954) As Raphael 

Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (1956) 
  The Challenge of Chundra Singh 01x07: (Dec/02/1956) As guest star 

Matinee Theater (1955) 
  Thank You, Edmondo 02x37: (Nov/05/1956) As guest star 

I Love Lucy (1951) 
  Visitor from Italy 06x05: (Oct/29/1956) As Mario 
  The Sublease 03x30: (May/24/1954) As Mr. Beecher 
  The Séance 01x07: (Nov/26/1951) As Mr. Merriweather 

The Crusader (1955) 
  Hell Town, USA 01x23: (Mar/16/1956) As Bruno Menotti 
  The Way Out 01x08: (Dec/02/1955) As Lt. Turner 

Frontier (US) (1955) 
  The Texicans 01x12: (Jan/08/1956) As Dalgo 

Make Room for Daddy (1953) 
  The Piano Teacher 02x25: (Mar/22/1955) As Unknown 

Climax! (1954) 
  Escape From Fear 01x12: (Jan/13/1955) As guest star 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Papa Goes to the Ball 02x33: (Apr/17/1953) As guest star 

Biff Baker U.S.A. (1952) 
  Grey Market 01x02: (Nov/13/1952) As Maurice 

Gang Busters (1952) 
  The Case of Willie Sutton 01x12: (1952) As Willie Sutton 

Johnny Midnight (1960) 
  The Whammy 01x39: (Unknown) As Peters 
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