Desi Arnaz

Birthday: Mar 2, 1917
Birthplace: Not Available
A musican, singer, songwriter, actor and television producer, Arnaz came to the US from Cuba when he was sixteen and became a professional bandleader of popular Latin music. He married actress Lucille Ball in 1940 and, in 1951, costarred with her in their long-running and successful television series, I Love Lucy, in which he played the charming but long-suffering husband/straightman, Ricky Ricardo, a successful nightclub owner and entertainer. Arnaz insisted that the series be photographed on 35mm film at a time when syndicated reruns were a thing of the future and a TV show was lucky to even be preserved as a 16mm kinescope. He hired top Hollywood cinematographer Karl Freund for the job and supervised the entire making of the series through his and Ball's company, Desilu Productions. Arnaz appeared in several films with and without Ball up until 1960 when they were divorced and she bought out his interest in Desilu. In 1982 he came out of retirement to play a corrupt mayor and father to Raul Julia in the film, The Escape Artist. He died of lung cancer in 1986.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of the Tony Awards Too Many Girls 2005
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s Actor 2002
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood Actor 1997
No Score Yet Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie Actor 1992
No Score Yet Lucy: Queen of Comedy Actor 1990
No Score Yet Smoke That Cigarette Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Escape Artist Mayor Quinones 1982
No Score Yet Forever, Darling Producer Lorenzo Xavier Vega 1956
38% The Long, Long Trailer Nicholas Collini 1954
No Score Yet Bataan Felix Ramirez 1943
No Score Yet The Navy Comes Through Tarriba 1942
No Score Yet Father Takes a Wife Carlos 1941
No Score Yet Four Jacks and a Jill Steve 1941
No Score Yet Too Many Girls Manuelito 1940

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Ricky Ricardo Ricky Producer
  • 2019
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1954
  • 1953
  • 1952
  • 1951
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1976
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Domingo
  • 1974

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