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Also Known As: Helga Nokoff, Paul Vincent Picerni Died: January 12, 2011
Born: December 1, 1922 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Corona, New York, USA Profession:

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During Hollywood's Golden Age, talent scouts for the various studios scoured the country for new talent. Not long after World War II, a representative for Warner Brothers caught a production of a Loyola University play featuring Paul Picerni, and the rest, as they say, is history. Picerni was brought to Hollywood to be a part of the 1950 war drama "Breakthrough" and was soon put under contract by the studio, starring for them in a long line of B movies. But his signature role came a decade later on the small screen, when he joined the cast of "The Untouchables" as Agent Lee Hobson. It's easy to forget today just how groundbreaking a show this Chicago cops drama was. Narrated by famed journalist Walter Winchell, it brought a new level of heightened reality to television. Picerni continued to act through the mid-1980s, as a guest star on everything from "Gunsmoke" to "Mannix" to "Matt Houston." For his old pal Dick Van Dyke, he came out of retirement in the late 1990s to appear in a pair of "Diagnosis Murder" episodes.

During Hollywood's Golden Age, talent scouts for the various studios scoured the country for new talent. Not long after World War II, a representative for Warner Brothers caught a production of a Loyola University play featuring Paul Picerni, and the rest, as they say, is history. Picerni was brought to Hollywood to be a part of the 1950 war drama "Breakthrough" and was soon put under contract by the studio, starring for them in a long line of B movies. But his signature role came a decade later on the small screen, when he joined the cast of "The Untouchables" as Agent Lee Hobson. It's easy to forget today just how groundbreaking a show this Chicago cops drama was. Narrated by famed journalist Walter Winchell, it brought a new level of heightened reality to television. Picerni continued to act through the mid-1980s, as a guest star on everything from "Gunsmoke" to "Mannix" to "Matt Houston." For his old pal Dick Van Dyke, he came out of retirement in the late 1990s to appear in a pair of "Diagnosis Murder" episodes.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Fearmaker, The (1989)
3.
 Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission, The (1987) Ernesto Ferucci
4.
 Hellinger's Law (1981) Tv Director
6.
 Escape to Athena (1979)
7.
 Marciano (1979) John Addelli
8.
 Capricorn One (1978) Jerry
9.
 Something For Joey (1977) Joe Paterno
10.
 Last Hurrah, The (1977) Dr Mike Santangelo
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Education

Loyola Marymount University: Los Angeles, California -

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son:
Paul Picerni Jr. Stunt person.

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Paul Picerni is best known for his role as 'Lee Hobson', Robert Stack's (Elliot Ness') sidekick on 'The Untouchables'TV Series, 1960-1963.

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