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Also Known As: Father Guido Sarducci Died:
Born: January 1, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ashtabula, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, comedian, writer, advertising executive

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Known to fans of classic "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) as Father Guido Sarducci, comedian Don Novello played that irreverent Catholic priest on and off in different mediums for the better part of four decades, cleverly commenting on all manner of political and religious events from various eras. He also proved to be a wicked satirist in the form of Lazlo Toth, the fictitious letter writer eager to offer his two cents on everything politicians and other American powerbrokers were doing and how he felt they could be doing it better. While not all of Novello's projects came to fruition - most notably, "Noble Rot," a movie he was co-writing with his "SNL" co-star John Belushi right before the troubled comedian's fatal drug overdose in 1982 - he orchestrated some unique endeavors, including a high school year book featuring nothing but sheep and a complex children's musical that took months to plan, involved hundreds of children, and was only performed once. While Guido Sarducci remained Novello's best known character, he also landed occasional work as an actor, including parts in several films by director Francis Ford Coppola, and displayed considerable flair as a humorist with a unique...

Known to fans of classic "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) as Father Guido Sarducci, comedian Don Novello played that irreverent Catholic priest on and off in different mediums for the better part of four decades, cleverly commenting on all manner of political and religious events from various eras. He also proved to be a wicked satirist in the form of Lazlo Toth, the fictitious letter writer eager to offer his two cents on everything politicians and other American powerbrokers were doing and how he felt they could be doing it better. While not all of Novello's projects came to fruition - most notably, "Noble Rot," a movie he was co-writing with his "SNL" co-star John Belushi right before the troubled comedian's fatal drug overdose in 1982 - he orchestrated some unique endeavors, including a high school year book featuring nothing but sheep and a complex children's musical that took months to plan, involved hundreds of children, and was only performed once. While Guido Sarducci remained Novello's best known character, he also landed occasional work as an actor, including parts in several films by director Francis Ford Coppola, and displayed considerable flair as a humorist with a unique sensibility.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Twixt (2012)
2.
 Factory Girl (2006)
3.
 Atlantis: Milo's Return (2003) Voice Of Vinny
4.
 Atlantis: the Lost Empire (2001) Voice Of Vincenzo 'Vinny' Santorini
5.
 Just One Night (2000)
6.
 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, The (2000) Fruit Vendor Twins
7.
 Just the Ticket (1998) Tony
8.
 Touch (1997) Father Navaroli
9.
 Nothing Sacred (1997)
10.
 Jack (1996) Bartender
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Worked in advertising in late 1960s
1972:
Appeared on Ken Shapiro's "Chicken Little Comedy Hour" on San Francisco UHF TV
1975:
Appeared on and wrote for "The Smothers Brothers Hour" (CBS)
1978:
Joined "Saturday Night Live" as writer and actor; remained with show until 1980; rejoined cast in 1985; left second time in 1986
1980:
Made film debut (acting and writing) in "Gilda Live"; played signature role of Father Guido Sarducci
1985:
Appeared in the film comedy "Head Office"
1988:
Had supporting role as a filmmaker in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream", directed by Francis Ford Coppola
1990:
Reteamed with Coppola for a role in "The Godfather, Part III"
1993:
Played Fr. Sarducci in the PBS miniseries "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City"
1995:
Co-starred in "One Night Stand"
1996:
Again teamed with Coppola on "Jack", starring Robin Williams
1999:
Appeared alonside Andy Garcia and Andie MacDowell in "Just the Ticket"
2000:
Portrayed a dual role as twin fruit sellers in "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle"
2001:
Voiced the character of Vinny Santorini in "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"
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Education

Lorain High School: Lorain , Ohio -
University of Dayton: Dayton , Ohio - 1964

Notes

His other alter ego is Lazlo Toth, as whom he wrote letters to famous people and published the replied.

Novello was arrested at the Vatican in 1981 for "impersonating a priest".

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father:
Augustin J Novello. Physician.
mother:
Eleanor Novello.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Lazlo Letters" Workman Publishing Company
"Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live" William Morrow
"Citizen Lazlo!: The Continuing, Unrelenting Correspondence of Lazlo Toth, American!" Workman Publishing Company

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