Cliff Nazarro

Cliff Nazarro (January 31, 1904 February 18, 1961) was a popular double-talk comedian of the 1930s and 1940s who appeared in movies such as You'll Never Get Rich (1941) as Swivel Tongue with Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth, In Old Colorado (1941) as Nosey Haskins with William Boyd, and Hillbilly Blitzkrieg (1942) as Barney Google.[1]

Cliff Nazarro
BornJanuary 31, 1904
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
DiedFebruary 18, 1961(1961-02-18) (aged 57)
Ventura County, California, USA
OccupationActor and comedian
Years active1930-1949

A comment in a 1942 newspaper article summed up Nazarro's varied talents: "He played all sorts of roles in stock companies, was a versatile actor in musical comedy and vaudeville, is one of the top masters-of-ceremony in show business, and was a serious vocalist on the radio."[2]

Nazarro was the voice of Warner Brothers cartoon character "Egghead." He made a few commercial recordings, including a 1932 date as vocalist with swing band Roane's Pennsylvanians and a 1942 comic recitation, "News of the World."

Partial filmography


  1. Tim Hollis (2008), Ain't that a knee-slapper: rural comedy in the twentieth century, University Press of Mississippi, pp. 109–111, ISBN 978-1-934110-73-7
  2. Harrison, Saul (January 6, 1942). "Cliff Nazarro in Demand". Abilene Reporter-News. p. 18. Retrieved August 22, 2015 via

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