Nestor Paiva

Nestor Paiva (June 30, 1905 – September 9, 1966) was an American actor of Portuguese descent. He is most famous for his recurring role of Teo Gonzales the innkeeper in Walt Disney's Spanish Western series Zorro and its feature film The Sign of Zorro, as well as Lucas the boat captain in Creature from the Black Lagoon and its sequel Revenge of the Creature.

Nestor Paiva
Nestor Paiva in Mr. Reckless.jpg
Nestor Paiva in the 1947 film Mr. Reckless
Nestor Caetano Paiva

(1905-06-30)June 30, 1905
DiedSeptember 9, 1966(1966-09-09) (aged 61) Hollywood, California, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Years active1937–1966
Maxine Kuntzman
(m. 1941)

Early yearsEdit

Paiva attended the University of California. During his senior year, he directed a production, The Youngest, after the previous director resigned because of sickness.[1]


In the early 1930s, Paiva was director of the Eight o'Clock Players troupe at KLX radio in Oakland, California.[2] Paiva also appeared in network radio programs, including the 07/18/1953 episode of Gunsmoke entitled "Wild West".

Nestor appeared in motion pictures and television from the 1930s to the 1960s including such TV programs as The Lone Ranger , Zorro, Get Smart, Bonanza, I Spy, Family Affair, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Daniel Boone, and The Addams Family. He appeared in more than 250 movies. Paiva married in 1941 and had two children, Joseph and Caetana, who appeared with him in the 1956 movie Comanche with Dana Andrews. As a voice actor, Paiva also contributed his voice to many characters on Hanna-Barbera's Jonny Quest (1964-1965).

Paiva died of cancer in 1966.

Selected filmographyEdit

Selected television appearancesEdit


  1. ^ "U.C. Little Theater To Present Comedy". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. February 11, 1931. p. 13. Retrieved November 22, 2016 – via  
  2. ^ "Songs and Mimicry on Program". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. October 16, 1932. p. 15. Retrieved November 22, 2016 – via  

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