83 (passed away Oct. 25th, 1975)
Mar. 9th, 1892
Guest TV Roles
Puglia started his career at age 15 when he joined a traveling operetta company. Frank appeared in Italian opera from the age of 13. He came to the U.S. in 1907 and worked in a laundry before joining an Italian language theatre group in New York. In 1921, while appearing on stage, he was spotted by D.W. Griffith and was hired immediately. Puglia played a number of ethnic roles throughout his 150+ films career, as well as frequently playing priests, diplomats and musicians.
- Had a memorable bit as a Morroccan rug merchant who marks down prices to friends of Rick ('Humphrey Bogart' (qv)) in the classic film _Casablanca (1942)_ (qv).
- Originally cast as Bonasera the undertaker in 'The Godfather' (1972) , but illness forced him to withdraw from the role shortly before shooting began. He was replaced by 'Salvatore Corsitto' (qv).
- Was performing as Pierre Forchard in a stage revival of "The Two Orphans" when he was noticed by 'D.W. Griffith' (qv). He hired Puglia to repeat his role in the film version retitled _Orphans of the Storm (1921)_ (qv) starring the Gish sisters. His character dies in the original story, but audiences were so negative that Griffith had him retake the fade-out in which he survives.
- Claimed to have learned English primarily from reading the newspapers.
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