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Anthony Caruso

Born To Hang, November 2,l957 Written by John Meston, Directed by Buzz Kulik, Guest Cast: Anthony Caruso, Wright King, Mort Mills

Shooting Stopover, October 8, 1960 Written by John Meston Story by Marian Clark, Directed by Andrew McLaglen, Guest Cast: Anthony Caruso, Patricia Barry, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert Brubaker

Cody's Code, January 20, 1962 Written by John Meston, Directed by Andrew McLaglen, Guest Cast: Anthony Caruso, Gloria Talbott, Robert Knapp, Wayne Rogers, Ken Becker

Ash, February 16th, 1963 Written by John Meston, Directed by Harry Harris, Guest Cast: John Dehner, Anthony Caruso, Dee Hartford, Adam West, Sheldon Allman

The Quest For Asa Janin, June 1, 1963 Written by Paul Savage, Directed by Andrew McLaglen, Guest Cast: Anthony Caruso, Richard Devon, Gene Darfier, George Keymas, Joseph Sirola, Harry Carey, Jr, Jack Lambert

Father Love, March 14, 1964 Written by John Meston, Directed by Harry Harris, Guest Cast: Ed Nelson, Shary Marshall, Robert F. Simon, Anthony Caruso

Cool Dawn, May 16, 1964 Written by Les Crutchfield, Directed by Andrew McLaglen, Guest Cast: Julie Parrish, George Kennedy, Anthony Caruso, Christopher Connelly

Ring Of Darkness, December 1, 1969 Written by Arthur Dales, Directed by Bernard McEveety, Guest Cast: Tom Drake, John Crawford, Rex Holman, Anthony Caruso, Pamela Dunlap, William Boyett

Murdock, February 8, 1971 Written by Jack Miller, Directed by Robert Totten, Guest Cast: Jack Elam, Anthony Caruso, Jim Davis, Bob Random

Lynott, November 1, 1971 Written by Ron Bishop, Directed by Gunnar Hellstrom, Guest Cast: Richard Kiley, Peggy McCay, Anthony Caruso, Jonathan Lippe, William Bramley, Gregg Palmer, Ken Lynch

Sarah, October 16, 1972 Written by Calvin Clements, Directed by Gunnar Hellstrom, Guest Cast: Anne Francis, Anthony Caruso, Jonathan Lippe, Michael Lane, John Orchard, Kay E. Kuter, Res Holman, George Keymas, Larry Duran, Ronald Manning, Alberto Rina

A Family of Killers, January 14, 1974 Written by William Keys, Directed by Gunnar Hellstrom, Guest Cast: Glenn Corbett, Anthony Caruso, Mills Watson, Morgan Paull, Zina Bethune, George Keymas, Frank Corsentino, Stuart Margolin

Larkin, January 20, 1975 Written by Jim Byrnes, Directed by Gunnar Hellstrom, Guest Cast: Richard Jaekel, Anthony Caruso, Jack Rader, Robert Sorrells, Kathleen Cody, Michael le Clair, Elliot Lindsay, Robert Gentry, Maggie Malooly

He was the typical Italian gangster in early films; stocky, dark and ruggedly handsome. Later he played more diverse roles as other ethnic types: Indians, Mexicans, Hindus, Arabs, etc. His winning smile, square jaw and raspy voice were his trademarks. I was unaware of his talents until recently when I saw him as a terrific villain on a "Gunsmoke" episode. Later I realized that I'd met him at a Sons of the Desert (Laurel & Hardy) convention and actually chatted with him. He'd worked with them in the film "Jitterbugs" (1943) as a gangster. He was born on April 7, 1916 (many sources say 1913 but Caruso says 1916) in Frankfort, Indiana. His family moved to Long Beach, California when he was 10 years old. He initially tried singing as a career but later turned to acting joining the famed Pasadena Playhouse, many of whose alumni were successful character actors of the 1930s-40s and 50s. His film debut was in "Johnny Apollo" (1940) as Joe the Henchman. His other film credits included: "Tall, Dark and Handsome" (1941) as Gunman; "Across the Pacific" (1942) uncredited as Taxi Driver; "Lucky Jordan" (1942) as Hired Gun; "Watch on the Rhine" (1943) with Bette Davis, as Italian Man; "The Phantom" (1943) a serial, as Count Salento; "And Now Tomorrow" (1944) as Peter Gallo; "The Story of Dr. Wassell" (1944) as Male Nurse; "Objective Burma" (1945) with Errol Flynn, as Miggleori; "Pride of the Marines" (1945) as Johnny Rivers; "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman" (1946) with Johnny Weissmuller, as Mongo; "Song of India" (1949) as Major Doraj; "Anna Lucasta" (1949) as Eddie; "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950) as Louis Ciavelli; "The Iron Mistress" (1952) as Jack Studenvant; "Blackbeard the Pirate" (1952) as Pierre La Garde; "Cattle Queen of Montana" (1954) as Natchakoa; "Hell on Frisco Bay" (1955) as Sebastian Pasmonick; "Baby Face Nelson" (1957) as Hamilton; "Escape from Zahrain" (1962) as Tahar; "Young Dillinger" (1965) as Rocco; "Zebra Force" (1976) his first lead role and "The Legend of Grizzly Adams" (1990). He was quite prolific on television doing some of his best work there. He appeared in the 1960 mini-series "Daniel Boone" as Chief Blackfish. He also appeared in made for TV movies including: "The Desperate Mission" (1971) and "The Roseann Barr Show" (1987) as General. He guest starred on numerous TV series including: "Gunsmoke"; "The Streets of San Francisco"; "Mission: Impossible"; "The F.B.I."; "The Virginian"; "It Takes A Thief"; "Green Acres"; "The Wild, Wild West" and "Hunter.".

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