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Novello, Don Biography




biography of Novello, Don

1 January 1943, Lorain, Ohio, USA


-   '?' (? - ?) (divorced)


-   Wrote three books of humor: "Lazlo Letters: The Amazing Real-Life Actual Correspondence of Lazlo Toth, American!," "Citizen Lazlo! The Lazlo Letters Volume 2," and "From Bush to Bush: The Lazlo Toth Letters".

-   Attended Lorain High School, Lorain, OH, in about 1959-1960.

-   Novello's sister-in-law is former Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello.

-   Co-wrote with 'John Belushi' (qv) the unfilmed script, "Noble Rot," which Belushi was set to star in.

-   He once visited the Vatican in his costume for his character "Father Guido Sarducci" and was arrested by the Swiss Guards for "impersonating a priest" after he took several photographs in an area where photography is prohibited. The charges were later dropped, but the incident made news around the world. Novello later joked about the affair, suggesting that he might go to Utah and see if he could be arrested for impersonating a member of the Osmond family.

-   His brother Joe Novello is a Psychologist in Washington, DC, who is married to the former Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello.

-   (2003) Filed to run for Governor of California, but did not complete all necessary paperwork

-   Graduated from The University of Dayton, class of 1964.

-   As of November 2006, he has appeared in at least 18 movies, TV shows and TV specials as his signature character, Father Guido Sarducci.


-   Book: "The Laszlo Letters", under the pseudonym "Laszlo Toth" in which he compiled tongue-in-cheek correspondence with celebrities and corporate CEOs.

-   Provided vocals for the album "So...How's Your Girl?" by Handsome Boy Modelling School.

-   Music video: Appeared in 'Rodney Dangerfield' (qv)'s video "Rappin' Rodney".


-   (August 2003) Submitted papers to run in California's gubernatorial recall election. Election takes place October 7th, 2003.


-   "Oui" (USA), May 1985, Vol. 14, Iss. 5, pg. 81, by: Michael Herman, "father Guido Sheds His Image"

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Acting in movies

  1. "The Gordon Elliott Show" (1994) {Wierdly Wedded Wives}
  2. Twixt (2011)
  3. The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (2010) (TV)
  4. "The Colbert Report" (2005) {Tim Westergren (#6.82)}
  5. All in the Bunker (2009)
  6. Factory Girl (2006)
  7. Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found (2005) (TV)
  8. Saturday Night Live: The Best of John Belushi (2005) (TV)
  9. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#2.53)}
  10. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) {(#3.118)}
  11. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) {(#3.79)}
  12. Atlantis: Milo's Return (2003) (V)
  13. Rent Control (2003) (TV)
  14. "Clone High" (2002) {Litter Kills: Litterally (#1.10)}
  15. The Making of 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' (2002) (V)
  16. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  17. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) (VG)
  18. Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Search for the Journal (2001) (VG)
  19. Just One Night (2000)
  20. Nothing Sacred (2000)
  21. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
  22. Just the Ticket (1999/I)
  23. Saturday Night Live 25 (1999) (TV)
  24. "Sin City Spectacular" (1998) {(#1.23)}
  25. "Histeria!" (1998)
  26. "Nash Bridges" (1996) {Patriots (#3.17)}
  27. "The Blues Brothers Animated Series" (1997)
  28. Making Tutti (1997) (TV)
  29. Touch (1997)
  30. "Unhappily Ever After" (1995) {Exorcising Jennie (#4.4)}
  31. "Unhappily Ever After" (1995) {The Ghost and Mr. Malloy (#4.3)}
  32. Ho Ho Nooooooo!!! It's Mr. Bill's Christmas Special! (1996) (V)
  33. Jack (1996)
  34. Casper (1995)
  35. One Night Stand (1995)
  36. "Married with Children" (1987) {Requiem for a Dead Briard (#10.3)}
  37. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Chevy Chase/Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (#21.2)}
  38. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) {(1994-09-17)}
  39. "Tales of the City" (1993)
  40. Comic Relief: Baseball Relief '93 (1993) (TV)
  41. Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde (1993)
  42. The Last Party (1993)
  43. "Blossom" (1990) {Kiss and Tell (#4.6)}
  44. "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) {(1993-11-22)}
  45. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Bill Murray/Sting (#18.14)}
  46. The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (1992) (V)
  47. "Great Performances" (1970) {La pastorela (#20.3)}
  48. "Midnight Caller" (1988) {That's Amoré (#3.11)}
  49. The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990) (TV)
  50. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
  51. The Spirit of '76 (1990)
  52. "Room for Romance" (1990) {Pilot (#1.0)}
  53. New York Stories (1989)
  54. Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) (TV)
  55. "It's Garry Shandling's Show." (1986) {Save Mr. Peck's: Part 2 (#3.10)}
  56. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
  57. "Not Necessarily the News" (1982) {Not Necessarily the News of the World (#6.3)}
  58. Paul Rodriguez Live!: I Need the Couch (1986) (TV)
  59. "It's Garry Shandling's Show." (1986) {Garry Throws a Surprise Party (#1.3)}
  60. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Anjelica Huston and Billy Martin/George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic (#11.18)}
  61. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Griffin Dunne/Rosanne Cash (#11.12)}
  62. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Oprah Winfrey/Joe Jackson (#11.14)}
  63. "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) {(1986-10-28)}
  64. Father Guido Sarducci Goes to College (1985)
  65. Head Office (1985)
  66. Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz (1985) (TV)
  67. The Best of John Belushi (1985) (V)
  68. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Madonna/Simple Minds (#11.1)}
  69. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Pee Wee Herman/Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band (#11.3)}
  70. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Teri Garr/Dream Academy/The Cult (#11.6)}
  71. "Faerie Tale Theatre" (1982) {Pinocchio (#3.3)}
  72. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Billy Crystal/Ed Koch/Edwin Newman/Don Novello/Betty Thomas/The Cars (#9.19)}
  73. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Father Guido Sarducci/Huey Lewis & The News (#9.9)}
  74. On Location: The Comedy Store's 11th Anniversary Show (1983) (TV)
  75. Become an Artist (1982)
  76. "Square Pegs" (1982) {Pac Man Fever (#1.3)}
  77. The 8th Annual American Music Awards (1981) (TV)
  78. "Fridays" (1980) {(#2.23)}
  79. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Bill Murray/The Spinners/Yale Whiffenpoofs (#7.8)}
  80. Gilda Live (1980)
  81. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Burt Reynolds/Anne Murray (#5.16)}
  82. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Chevy Chase/Marianne Faithfull (#5.10)}
  83. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Elliott Gould/Gary Numan (#5.11)}
  84. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Rodney Dangerfield/The J. Geils Band (#5.13)}
  85. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Steve Martin/Paul & Linda McCartney/3-D (#5.19)}
  86. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Teri Garr/The B-52's (#5.9)}
  87. Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)
  88. The 6th Annual American Music Awards (1979) (TV)
  89. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Buck Henry/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (#5.4)}
  90. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Howard Hesseman/Randy Newman (#5.6)}
  91. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Kate Jackson/Delbert McClinton (#4.13)}
  92. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Margot Kidder/The Chieftains (#4.15)}
  93. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Martin Sheen/David Bowie (#5.7)}
  94. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Michael Palin/James Taylor (#4.18)}
  95. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Michael Palin/The Doobie Brothers (#4.10)}
  96. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Steve Martin/Blondie (#5.1)}
  97. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Ted Knight/Desmond Child & Rouge (#5.8)}
  98. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Buck Henry/Sun Ra (#3.20)}
  99. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Buck Henry/The Grateful Dead (#4.5)}
  100. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Carrie Fisher/The Blues Brothers (#4.6)}
  101. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Chevy Chase/Billy Joel (#3.11)}
  102. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Eric Idle/Kate Bush (#4.8)}
  103. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Frank Zappa (#4.3)}
  104. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Jill Clayburgh/Eddie Money (#3.14)}
  105. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Michael Sarrazin/Keith Jarrett, Gravity (#3.17)}
  106. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {O.J. Simpson/Ashford & Simpson (#3.12)}
  107. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Richard Dreyfuss/Jimmy Buffett, Gary Tigerman (#3.19)}
  108. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Robert Klein/Bonnie Raitt (#3.10)}
  109. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Steve Martin/Van Morrison (#4.4)}
  110. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {The Rolling Stones (#4.1)}
  111. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Walter Matthau (#4.7)}
  112. "The Smothers Brothers Show" (1975)
  113. "ABC's Wide World of Entertainment" (1973) {Comedy Concert No. 2}

Movies Directed

  1. Become an Artist (1982)

Written

  1. The Best of Gilda Radner (1989) (V)
  2. Our Planet Tonight (1987) (TV)
  3. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {George Wendt and Francis Ford Coppola/Philip Glass (#11.13)} (writer)
  4. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Griffin Dunne/Rosanne Cash (#11.12)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  5. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Tony Danza/Laurie Anderson (#11.15)} (writer)
  6. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Harry Dean Stanton/The Replacements (#11.7)} (writer)
  7. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Jay Leno/The Neville Brothers (#11.11)} (writer)
  8. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Jerry Hall/Stevie Ray Vaughan/Jimmie Vaughan (#11.10)} (writer)
  9. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Oprah Winfrey/Joe Jackson (#11.14)} (writer)
  10. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Jimmy Breslin and Marvin Hagler/Level 42/E.G. Daily (#11.17)} (writer)
  11. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Catherine Oxenberg and Paul Simon/Ladysmith Black Mambazo (#11.16)} (writer)
  12. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Ron Reagan/The Nelsons (#11.9)} (writer)
  13. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Dudley Moore/Al Green (#11.8)} (writer)
  14. The Best of Dan Aykroyd (1986) (V)
  15. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Anjelica Huston and Billy Martin/George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic (#11.18)} (writer) <2,1,10>
  16. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Tom Hanks/Sade (#11.5)} (writer)
  17. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {John Lithgow/Mr. Mister (#11.4)} (writer)
  18. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Pee Wee Herman/Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band (#11.3)} (writer)
  19. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Madonna/Simple Minds (#11.1)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  20. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Chevy Chase/Sheila E. (#11.2)} (writer)
  21. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Teri Garr/Dream Academy/The Cult (#11.6)} (writer)
  22. The Best of John Belushi (1985) (V) (written by)
  23. Blondes vs. Brunettes (1984) (TV)
  24. On Location: The Comedy Store's 11th Anniversary Show (1983) (TV)
  25. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {3D Stake from the Heart (#1.22)} (writer) <2,1,9>
  26. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Battle of the PBS Stars (#1.25)} (writer) <2,1,9>
  27. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Chariots of Eggs (#1.24)} (writer) <2,1,9>
  28. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Days of the Week, The/Street Beef (#2.2)} (writer) <2,1,9>
  29. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {People's Global Golden Choice Awards (#1.21)} (writer) <2,1,9>
  30. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Pet Peeves/The Happy Wanderers (#1.23)} (writer) <2,1,9>
  31. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Pre-Teen World Telethon (#1.20)} (writer) <2,1,9>
  32. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {Rome, Italian Style (#2.1)} (writer) <2,1,9>
  33. "SCTV Network 90" (1981) {The Great White North Palace (#1.19)} (writer) <2,1,9>
  34. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Bob Newhart/The Amazing Rhthym Aces/Bruce Cockburn (#5.18)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  35. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Buck Henry/Andrew Gold/Andrae Crouch & Voices of Unity (#5.20)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  36. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Paul Simon, James Taylor & David Sanborn (#5.14)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  37. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss/The Grateful Dead (#5.15)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  38. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Burt Reynolds/Anne Murray (#5.16)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  39. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Kirk Douglas/Sam and Dave (#5.12)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  40. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Chevy Chase/Marianne Faithfull (#5.10)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  41. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Rodney Dangerfield/The J. Geils Band (#5.13)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  42. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Steve Martin/Paul & Linda McCartney/3-D (#5.19)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  43. Gilda Live (1980) <1,4,1>
  44. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Elliott Gould/Gary Numan (#5.11)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  45. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Strother Martin/The Specials (#5.17)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  46. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Teri Garr/The B-52's (#5.9)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  47. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Michael Palin/James Taylor (#4.18)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  48. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Bea Arthur/The Roches (#5.5)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  49. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Michael Palin/The Doobie Brothers (#4.10)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  50. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Bill Russell/Chicago (#5.3)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  51. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Howard Hesseman/Randy Newman (#5.6)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  52. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Milton Berle/Ornette Coleman (#4.17)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  53. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Buck Henry/Bette Midler (#4.20)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  54. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Buck Henry/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (#5.4)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  55. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Kate Jackson/Delbert McClinton (#4.13)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  56. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Richard Benjamin/Rickie Lee Jones (#4.16)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  57. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Margot Kidder/The Chieftains (#4.15)} (writer)
  58. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Ricky Nelson/Judy Collins (#4.12)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  59. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Martin Sheen/David Bowie (#5.7)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  60. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Maureen Stapleton/Linda Ronstadt/Phoebe Snow (#4.19)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  61. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Steve Martin/Blondie (#5.1)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  62. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Cicely Tyson/Talking Heads (#4.11)} (written by) <1,1,9>
  63. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Eric Idle/Bob Dylan (#5.2)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  64. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Ted Knight/Desmond Child & Rouge (#5.8)} (writer) <1,1,11>
  65. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Gary Busey/Eubie Blake and Gregory Hines (#4.14)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  66. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Art Garfunkel/Stephen Bishop (#3.13)} (writer)
  67. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Walter Matthau (#4.7)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  68. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Michael Sarrazin/Keith Jarrett, Gravity (#3.17)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  69. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {O.J. Simpson/Ashford & Simpson (#3.12)} (writer)
  70. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Jill Clayburgh/Eddie Money (#3.14)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  71. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Buck Henry/Sun Ra (#3.20)} (written by) <1,1,9>
  72. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Buck Henry/The Grateful Dead (#4.5)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  73. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Carrie Fisher/The Blues Brothers (#4.6)} (writer)
  74. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Richard Dreyfuss/Jimmy Buffett, Gary Tigerman (#3.19)} (writer) <1,1,8>
  75. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Chevy Chase/Billy Joel (#3.11)} (writer)
  76. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Robert Klein/Bonnie Raitt (#3.10)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  77. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Michael Palin/Eugene Record (#3.16)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  78. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Christopher Lee/Meat Loaf (#3.15)} (writer) <1,1,10>
  79. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Steve Martin/Randy Newman, Dirt Band (#3.9)} (writer)
  80. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Steve Martin/The Blues Brothers (#3.18)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  81. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Elliott Gould/Peter Tosh (#4.9)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  82. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Steve Martin/Van Morrison (#4.4)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  83. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Eric Idle/Kate Bush (#4.8)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  84. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Frank Zappa (#4.3)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  85. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Fred Willard/Devo (#4.2)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  86. Things We Did Last Summer (1978) (TV)
  87. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {The Rolling Stones (#4.1)} (writer) <1,1,9>
  88. "Van Dyke and Company" (1976) {(#1.1)} (writer)
  89. "Van Dyke and Company" (1976) {(#1.2)} (writer)
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