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Desi Arnaz

Highest Rated:   38% The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
Lowest Rated:   38% The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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: 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
  • Lorenzo Xavier Vega
  • Producer
1956
38% The Long, Long Trailer
  • Nicholas Collini
1954
No Score Yet I love Lucy
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Bataan
  • Felix Ramirez
1943
No Score Yet The Navy Comes Through
  • Tarriba
1942
No Score Yet Four Jacks and a Jill
  • Steve
1941
No Score Yet Too Many Girls
  • Manuelito
1940

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 1976

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