Don Novello

TV Actor

Don Novello was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, United States on January 1st, 1943 and is the TV Actor. At the age of 81, Don Novello biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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Donald Andrew Novello
Date of Birth
January 1, 1943
United States
Place of Birth
Ashtabula, Ohio, United States
81 years old
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$6 Million
Actor, Director, Film Actor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Television Actor, Writer
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Don Novello Life

Don" Novello, born January 1, 1943, is an American writer, film director, actor, singer, and comedian.

He is best known for his appearances on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1979-1980, as the character Father Guido Sarducci, and then again from 1985–86.

Sarducci appeared in several subsequent television programs, including Married... with Children, Blossom, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Unhappily Ever After, Square Pegs, and The Colbert Report.

Early life

Novello was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, the son of Eleanor Eile adéquaty, a nurse, and Augustine Joseph Novello, a physician. He is of Italian and Irish descent.

When Don was a child, the family moved to Lorain, Ohio. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1961. He enrolled at the University of Dayton in 1964 and clued in. He graduated from the American Graduate School of International Management in 1965 (now renamed the Thunderbird School of Global Management, now part of Arizona State University).


Don Novello Career


Novello began working in Chicago as an advertising copywriter for Leo Burnett in the late 1960s.

After finding a monsignor's outfit at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store for $7.50, Novello created the Father Guido Sarducci character in 1973. Sarducci's sunglasses, a broom mustache, cigarette, and a thick Italian accent made him very popular in a San Francisco nightclub. Sarducci appeared on San Francisco's Chicken Little Comedy Show, and comedian David Steinberg was watching. Steinberg recruited Novello as a writer for a television show that never aired, but they did hire Novello to Tommy and Dick Smothers, who then recruited Novello, who later hired Novello. In 1975, Novello appeared as Sarducci on The Smothers Brothers Exhibition.

In the 1970s, Novello began writing letters to influential people under the pen name of Lazlo Toth (after Laszlo Toth, a deranged man who vandalized Michelangelo's Pietà in Rome). The letters, which were written to imply that a respected but uninformed and obtuse reporter were supposed to stick in politicians and companies' noses. Many of them received thoughtful responses; Novello occasionally extended the charade conversation at length, with amusing outcomes. Letters and responses were published in the books The Lazlo Letters, Citizen Lazlo, and From Bush to Bush: The Lazlo Toth Letters.

Lorne Michaels, producer of Saturday Night Live, discovered the Lazlo Letters, Novello's first book of stilted letters to celebrities. Novello was hired as a writer for the show's third season in 1977-1978, where he remained as a writer in the eleventh season and then returned as a writer in the eleventh season. He appeared on several times in the Father Guido Sarducci role as well.

He performed lead vocals on the Warner Bros' "I Won't Be Twisting This Christmas" (WBS49627) in 1980, under Father Guido Sarducci's name. Novello co-wrote the first tune with M. Davich, and the second tune is an Italian language cover of "MacArthur Park," the Jimmy Webb song, in a style similar to Richard Harris's.

When Novello photographed the Vatican in 1981 wearing the Father Guido Sarducci costume and photographing a magazine article in a place where photography was prohibited, the Swiss Guards and photographer (Paul Solomon) were arrested by the Swiss Guards together with his photographer (Paul Solomon), who was charged with "impersonating a priest." The charges were later dismissed, but Solomon was able to shield the film from confiscation.

Sarducci rolled a wheelchair with a dummy in the robes of a cardinal in Las Vegas and Reno with the Smothers Brothers. Sarducci said in the act that he was the assistant of 108-year-old "Cardinal Dario Fungi."

Novello appeared on SCTV, a Toronto-based comedy show starring Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Andrea Martin, and Catherine O'Hara. He was chosen by NBC as one of a line of producers for the show's fourth season, and he's produced a total of nine episodes.

In 1983, Novello appeared as Father Sarducci in Rodney Dangerfield's comedy rap film "Rappin' Rodney," which was heavily featured on MTV.

The Blade, a high school yearbook parody in 1984, is published by Novello, in which the students are represented by sheep. With John Belushi, Novello co-wrote the unfilmed script for Noble Rot. Pinocchio, Faerie Tale Theatre's third-season episode, was also narrated by him as the titular puppet. Novello appeared in the Jefferson Starship song "No Way Out" in 1984.

In 1989, Novello co-starred in the Francis Ford Coppola-directed segment Life Without Zoe. Roger Ebert praised Novello for "the most engaging appearance in the film" in his 2 1/2 star review of the film.

In the 1990 film The Godfather Part III, Novello portrayed "Dominic Abbando." In the first scene as Don Michael Corleone's public relations and media manager, Abdo appears in speaking lines. With the challenge, he slaps down a news reporter: "You think you know more than the Pope." In several scenes as well, including shadowing George Hamilton and the climactic scene on the steps of the Palermo opera house, Teatro Massimo, Novello appears in several others as well.

Vincenzo "Vinny" Santorini in the Disney animated film Atlantis: The Unconstitutional Empire in 2001, and then in the direct-to-video sequel Atlantis: Milo's Return. In 2003, he applied to run in the 2003 California recall election but later failed to gather enough valid signatures to qualify for the election.

Father Guido Sarducci's former SNL host (and fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus) Al Franken reprised his role as "Special Vatican Reporter" for Air America Radio in 2005, following Pope John Paul II's death in Novello, Novello. He continued his role until Pope Benedict XVI's election. On the podcast "The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd," he portrayed Galileo.

In the 2009 short film All in the Bunker, he portrayed Pope Pius XII.

He appeared on The Colbert Report as Father Guido Sarducci on June 23, 2010.

He paid the benediction at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on October 30, 2010.

When Novello appeared as Father Guido Sarducci on one of Thomas' albums in a recording studio full of well-known celebrities, American recording artist Guthrie Thomas praised Don Novello as "the best performer in the room."