Friday, April 8, 2005


I received some responses to my posts re: the Pope in TV Land.....

Two other Gene Greytak possibilities....

He was the Pope in one of the Naked Gun movies, which backtracks through the cineverse to Police Squad! (In Color).

Also, I remember an ad for Father Dowling Mysteries with Gretak in Papal garb, offering a silent thumbs up.

So the Pope hits the Adverse and Cineverse along with the Televerse.
- Hugh
If you're going to use that episode of "Just The Ten Of Us" in which the Pope appears only in a dream sequence, then you oughtta use the two-part "ALF" episode in which he dreamed about hosting the "Tonight" show.

The Pope shows up in that dream as one of ALF's guests on the couch. I think there's even a website out there that's got a picture of the two of them together....

"Tonight, Tonight (1+2)"
gs: Ed McMahon [ Himself ] ALF hosts "The Tonight Show", with Ed McMahon. b: 24 Oct 88 pc: 3006 w: Lisa A. Bannick, Steve Pepoon, Al Jean, Michael Reiss d: Burt Brinckerhoff
Okay, now with this one, I'm thinking you didn't go to the Or maybe you didn't use it right.

Maybe you were too specific with the names you were looking for?

Cause I know Bob Hoskins played Pope John the 23rd once. "Papa Bono" I think was the name of the tv movie, you'll have to look it up. I remember seeing the soundtrack for it by Morricone.

Okay, maybe you should go back to the and just type in "Pope". I quick ran down the list on that first page and saw at least one more for Pope Paul the 6th, and for Pius the 12th as well.

And I'm talking the TV stuff only, not the movies. Looks like that's all you'r einterested in here or otherwise you'd of put in all the movies that Greytack made where he played the Pope.

So I seemed to have been remiss in listing Popes other than John Paul II who have been portrayed on TV. I had a listing or two for the others in the last half of the 20th Century, most notably John XXIII, but totally missed out on portrayals of Paul VI and Pius XII it seems.

Here then, is a list of all the Popes who have been portrayed in TV productions. This is a telecentric blog, so we do not mention here Rex Harrison in "The Agony And The Ecstasy" nor (especially!) Ringo Starr in "Lizstomania".

But there are two portrayals that do have links to movies so we included those as well......

F. Murray Abraham (Pope Julius II)
. . . Season of Giants, A (1991) (TV)
Ed Asner (John XXIII)
. . . Papa Giovanni - Ioannes XXIII (2002) (TV)
Christopher Benjamin (The Pope)
. . . Leonardo (2003) (TV)
José-Maria Berzosa (Le pope)
. . . Île bleue, L' (1983) (TV)
Raymond Burr (Angelo Roncanelle, Pope John XXIII)
. . . Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John (1973) (TV)
Carlo Croccolo (Pope Gregory I)
. . . "Inside the Vatican" (1993) (mini) TV Series
Milorad Daljevic (Pope)
. . . List (2001) (TV)
Dom DeLuise (The Pope (This Is The Life))
. . . 'Weird Al' Yankovic Video Library: His Greatest Hits, The (1992) (V)
Dom DeLuise (The Pope)
. . . Johnny Dangerously (1984)
[Obviously this must be a fictional pope, but what the heck, we decided to keep him in!]
James Deuter (The Pope)
. . . Charley Hannah (1986) (TV)
Hans Dornbusch (Pope Alexander VII)
. . . Christina (1988) (TV)
Charles Durning (Pope John XXIII)
. . . I Would Be Called John: Pope John XXIII (1987) (TV)
Albert Finney (Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II))
. . . Pope John Paul II (1984) (TV)
Manfred Freyberger (Pope John Paul II)
. . . Papocchio, Il (1981)
Richard Gant (Pope)
. . . Men Don't Tell (1993) (TV)
John Gielgud (Pope Pius XII)
. . . Scarlet and the Black, The (1983) (TV)
John Glyn-Jones (Pope Paul)
. . . Malatesta (1964) (TV)
Eugene Greytak (The Pope)
. . . Hot Shots! (1991)
. . . Just the Ticket (1999)
. . . Miss Cast Away (2004)
. . . Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
. . . Repossessed (1990)
. . . Sister Act (1992)
[Greytak is the actor most often called upon to portray John Paul II in TV shows. We listed those credits a few days ago.]
Norman Henry (Pope Pius VII)
. . . "Napoleon and Love" (1972) (mini) TV Series
Michael Hordern (Pope Urban VIII)
. . . Lamp at Midnight (1966) (TV)
Bob Hoskins (Angelo Roncalli/Pope John XXIII)
. . . Papa buono, Il (2003) (TV)
Eliasz Kuziemski (Pope)
. . . Aktorka (1971) (TV)
Henri Labussière (Le pope)
. . . Procès de Shamgorod, Le (1982) (TV)
Burt Lancaster (Teobaldo Visconti/Pope Gregory X)
. . . "Marco Polo" (1982) (mini) TV Series
Heinz Lyschik (Pope)
. . . "In aller Freundschaft" (1998) TV Series
T.P. McKenna (Pope Julius II)
. . . Raphael: A Mortal God (2004) (TV)
Cezary Morawski (Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II)
. . . From a Far Country (1981)
Arnaldo Ninchi (Pope Pius IX)
. . . Don Bosco (2004) (TV)
Ferenc Némethy (Pope Paul the Sixth)
. . . Devictus Vincit (1994) (TV)
John Phillips (VI) (Pope Grigoris)
. . . "Christ Recrucified" (1969) (mini) TV Series
Anthony Quayle (The Pope)
. . . Confessional (1989) (TV)
Remo Remotti (Pope Julius II)
. . . "Inside the Vatican" (1993) (mini) TV Series
Andrew Schofield (I) (Pope)
. . . Sharpe's Mission (1996) (TV)
László Sinkó (I) (Pope Pius)
. . . Devictus Vincit (1994) (TV)
Yordan Spirov (Pope)
. . . Papa Giovanni - Ioannes XXIII (2002) (TV)
[Most likely he was portraying Pius XII.]
Rod Williams (I) (The Pope)
. . . Garbo (1992)
John Wood (I) (Pope Pius VII)
. . . "Napoléon" (2002) (mini) TV Series

It's always possible some of these characters only have the name of "Pope", or have it as a nickname. I apologize for any possible errors.


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