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Anthony Caruso (actor)

Personal information
Birth dateApril 07, 1916
Place of birthFrankfort, Indiana, U.S.
Date of deathApril 04, 2003(age 86)
Death placeBrentwood, California
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1940 - 90
SpouseTonia Valente (1940 2003; his death; 2 children)

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Anthony Caruso (April 7, 1916 - April 4, 2003) was an American character actor in over 100 American films, usually playing villains, including the First Season of Walt Disney's Zorro as Don Juan Ortega. Born in Frankfort, Indiana, he was raised in Long Beach, California from the age of 10.

Caruso also had early television roles, some playing sympathetic characters, like "Ash," on an early episode of Gunsmoke. He guest starred on two of Rod Cameron's syndicated series, City Detective and COronado 9. In 1954, Caruso played Tiburcio Vasquez in an episode of Jim Davis's syndicated western series, Stories of the Century. He appeared in the first Brian Keith series, Crusader.

At Christmas 1957, Caruso appeared as a Roman Catholic priest in the episode "The Child" of NBC's The Restless Gun, starring John Payne, and also guest starring Dan Blocker and James Gleason.

In 1966, Caruso guest starred in the Barry Sullivan western series The Road West, set in Kansas, in the episode entitled "This Dry and Thirsty Land". From 1966 to 1970 he guest starred on the long running western The Virginian three times.

Some of his more memorable roles were that of the alien gangster "Bela Oxmyx" in the classic Star Trek episode "A Piece of the Action", Chief Blackfish in the mini-series Daniel Boone, Mongo in the film Tarzan and the Leopard Woman and the safecracker Louis Ciavelli in John Huston's classic film noir The Asphalt Jungle. Caruso played the comical character of the American Indian "Red Cloud" in the 1965 Get Smart episode "Washington 4, Indians 3."

Caruso died three days before his 87th birthday in Brentwood, California. His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.

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