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Cesar Romero



Born in New York City to parents of Cuban extraction, American actor Cesar Romero studied for his craft at Collegiate and Riverdale Country schools. After a brief career as a ballroom dancer, the tall, sleekly handsome Romero made his Broadway debut in the 1927 production Lady Do. He received several Hollywood offers after his appearance in the Preston Sturges play Strictly Dishonorable, but didn't step before the cameras until 1933 for his first film The Shadow Laughs (later biographies would claim that Romero's movie bow was in The Thin Man [1934], in which he was typecast as a callow gigolo). Long associated with 20th Century-Fox, Romero occasionally cashed in on his heritage to play Latin Lover types, but was more at home with characters of indeterminate nationalities, usually playing breezily comic second leads (whenever Romero received third billing, chances were he wasn't going to get the girl). Cheerfully plunging into the Hollywood social scene, Romero became one of the community's most eligible bachelors; while linked romantically with many top female stars, he chose never to marry, insisting to his dying day that he had no regrets over his confirmed bachelorhood. While he played a variety of film roles, Romero is best remembered as "The Cisco Kid" in a brief series of Fox programmers filmed between 1939 and 1940, though in truth his was a surprisingly humorless, sullen Cisco, with little of the rogueish charm that Duncan Renaldo brought to the role on television. The actor's favorite movie role, and indeed one of his best performances, was as Cortez in the 1947 20th Century-Fox spectacular The Captain From Castile. When his Fox contract ended in 1950, Romero was wealthy enough to retire, but the acting bug had never left his system; he continued to star throughout the 1950s in cheap B pictures, always giving his best no matter how seedy his surroundings. In 1953 Romero starred in a 39-week TV espionage series "Passport to Danger," which he cheerfully admitted to taking on because of a fat profits-percentage deal. TV fans of the 1960s most closely associate Romero with the role of the white-faced "Joker" on the "Batman" series. While Romero was willing to shed his inhibitions in this villainous characterization, he refused to shave his trademark moustache, compelling the makeup folks to slap the clown white over the 'stache as well (you can still see the outline in the closeups). As elegant and affluent-looking as ever, Romero signed on for the recurring role of Peter Stavros in the late-1980s nighttime soap opera "Falcon Crest." In the early 1990s, he showed up as host of a series of classic 1940s romantic films on cable's American Movie Classics. Romero died of a blood clot on New Year's Day, 1994, at the age of 86.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Centro Histórico
  • Producer
2013
No Score Yet Fifteen Maiden Lane
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Coney Island
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Big Push
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Simple Justice
  • Vincenzo DiLorenzo
1989
38% Lust in the Dust
  • Father Garcia
1985
No Score Yet Monster
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World
  • A.J. Arno
1975
No Score Yet Timber Tramps
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Dr. Richard Grimaldi
1973
No Score Yet Now You See Him, Now You Don't
  • A.J. Arno
1972
No Score Yet The Proud and the Damned
  • Alcalde
1972
No Score Yet Latitude Zero (Atragon II) (Ido zero daisakusen)
  • Dr. Malic/Lt. Hastings
1969
No Score Yet Crooks and Coronets
  • Nick Marco
1969
50% The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • A.J. Arno
1969
No Score Yet Gun Crazy
  • Actor
1969
36% Skidoo
  • Hechy
1968
No Score Yet Hot Millions
  • Customs Inspector
1968
No Score Yet Madigan's Millions
  • Mike Madigan
1968
80% Batman: The Movie
  • The Joker
1966
No Score Yet Marriage on the Rocks
  • Miguel Santos
1965
No Score Yet Sergeant Deadhead
  • Admiral Stoneham
1965
No Score Yet Two on a Guillotine
  • John Harley 'Duke' Duquesne
1965
No Score Yet El Valle de las espadas (The Castillian) (Valley of the Swords)
  • Jeronimo
1963
60% Donovan's Reef
  • Marquis Andre de Lage
1963
No Score Yet Castilian
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet If a Man Answers
  • Robert Swan/Adam Wright
1962
No Score Yet The Runaway
  • Father Dugan
1962
No Score Yet Seven Women From Hell
  • Luis Hullman
1961
No Score Yet Experiments in Terror
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Pepe
  • Himself
1960
48% Ocean's Eleven
  • Duke Santos
1960
No Score Yet Villa
  • Fierro Lopez
1958
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Spanish Envoy
1957
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Henchman
1956
No Score Yet The Americano
  • Manuel Silvera / 'El Gato' / Barbossa
1955
No Score Yet The Racers
  • Carlos
1955
82% Vera Cruz
  • Marquis de Labordere
1954
No Score Yet The Shadow Man (Street of Shadows)
  • Luigi
1953
No Score Yet The Jungle
  • Rama Singh
1952
No Score Yet FBI Girl
  • Glen Stedman
1951
No Score Yet Lost Continent
  • Maj. Joe Nolan
1951
No Score Yet Happy Go Lovely
  • John Frost
1951
71% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend
  • Blackie Jobero
1949
No Score Yet Julia Misbehaves
  • Fred Gennochio
1948
No Score Yet Deep Waters
  • Joe Sanger
1948
No Score Yet That Lady In Ermine
  • Count Mario
1948
No Score Yet Captain from Castile
  • Hernando Cortez
1947
No Score Yet Wintertime
  • Brad Barton
1943
No Score Yet Springtime in the Rockies
  • Victor
1942
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan
  • Harry Wilson
1942
No Score Yet Orchestra Wives
  • St. John 'Sinjin' Smith
1942
No Score Yet Week-End in Havana
  • Monte Blanca
1941
No Score Yet Dance Hall
  • Duke McKay
1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast
  • Bruce Chadwick
1941
No Score Yet He Married His Wife
  • Freddie
1940
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
  • Fred Rhadini
1939
No Score Yet Return of the Cisco Kid
  • Lopez
1939
88% The Little Princess
  • Ram Dass
1939
No Score Yet Wife, Husband and Friend
  • Hugo
1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal
  • Doc Holliday
1939
No Score Yet The Cisco Kid and the Lady
  • Cisco Kid
1939
No Score Yet My Lucky Star
  • George Cabot, Jr.
1938
No Score Yet Happy Landing
  • Duke Sargent
1938
No Score Yet Wee Willie Winkie
  • Khoda Khan
1937
No Score Yet Love Before Breakfast
  • Bill Wadsworth
1936
No Score Yet Public Enemy's Wife
  • Gene Maroc
1936
No Score Yet Rendezvous
  • Capt. Nikki Nikolajeff
1935
No Score Yet Metropolitan
  • Niki Baroni
1935
No Score Yet Cardinal Richelieu
  • Andre de Pons
1935
78% The Devil Is a Woman
  • Antonio Galvan
1935
No Score Yet The Good Fairy
  • Joe
1935
No Score Yet Diamond Jim
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Show Them No Mercy
  • Tobey
1935
No Score Yet British Agent
  • Tito Del Val
1934
97% The Thin Man
  • Chris Jorgenson
1934
No Score Yet Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - Vegas in Space
  • Actor
No Score Yet Rare Interviews
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Actor
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • The Joker

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