Joseph V. Perry

Joseph V. Perry (February 13, 1931 – February 23, 2000) was an American actor possibly best known for his role as Nemo in Everybody Loves Raymond.

Joseph V. Perry
BornFebruary 13, 1931
DiedFebruary 23, 2000(2000-02-23) (aged 69)

Biography

Career

Perry began his acting career in his youth, winning the Glenn Ford Award at Santa Monica High School in California in 1949. His successes continued in 1952 when he was presented the best actor award at UCLA by Marlon Brando. Perry officially started his film career in 1955 at the age of 24 and spent the next 45 years appearing in literally hundreds of films and television shows from dramatic anthologies to westerns to medical dramas, police dramas to classic sitcoms. He got one of his first big roles when he appeared in The Twilight Zone. He was a dependable if not outstanding character actor and he appeared on many varied but popular shows such as Rawhide, Dr. Kildare, Official Detective, Bewitched, M*A*S*H, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Partridge Family. In the 1970s his visibility peaked with guest appearances on shows of the day like Mannix, Emergency!, The Streets of San Francisco, Sara, and Kojak. However, he failed to land any mainstream acting roles until 1978, when he got several roles in shows such as The Incredible Hulk, MacGyver, Cheers, Murder, She Wrote and Seinfeld. It was on the series Everybody Loves Raymond that he got his biggest break, when he gained the role of Nemo, a pizza restaurant owner. He started playing the role in 1998 and it lasted until his death in early 2000.

Death

In February 2000, Perry, who had been suffering with diabetes, got worse and he died due to the illness 10 days after his 69th birthday. His character's last appearance in Everybody Loves Raymond was shown posthumously when his restaurant got bought out. Nemo's last two appearances were played by Robert Ruth. He is survived by 4 daughters and 1 son.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1958The Left Handed GunClerkUncredited
1965The Greatest Story Ever ToldArchelausUncredited
1965Lust and the FleshBob
1968Don't Just Stand ThereJean-Jacques
1968A Lovely Way to DieReporterUncredited
1969The Love God?Big Joe
1972Stand Up and Be CountedForemanUncredited
1974Herbie Rides AgainFirst Cab DriverUncredited
1977The Domino PrincipleBowkemp
1981LongshotMarty
1988VibesDave
1989The Freeway ManiacSalesman
1989Wizards of the Lost Kingdom IIMerchant
1989The Karate Kid Part IIIUncle Louie LaRusso
1990RepossessedSpecial Effects Man
1993Hot Shots! Part DeuxSinging Waiter
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