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Ramon Novarro

Lowest Rated:   57% Mata Hari (1932)
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The son of a prosperous Mexican dentist, Ramon Novarro moved to California with his family to escape the revolution in his country. The family's wealth having been left behind, young Novarro took on a number of odd jobs, ranging from piano teacher to cabaret singer. He toured vaudeville in a musical act, picking up extra and bit work in Hollywood. When cast as the lovable scoundrel Rupert of Hentzau in director Rex Ingram's The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), Novarro scored an immediate hit, and was promptly built up by the Hollywood press agent brigade as "the New Valentino." His most famous silent role was as the title character in MGM's mammoth Ben Hur. At his peak, Novarro earned 5,000 dollars a week, and was receiving tons of fan mail from devoted female fans. His pleasant speaking voice and above-average singing prowess enabled Novarro to weather the talkie revolution, but his films -- with notable exceptions like Mata Hari (1932), in which he was teamed with Greta Garbo -- became increasingly routine. After leaving MGM in 1935, Novarro appeared in a flop Broadway play, and attempted several movie comebacks. Though wealthy enough not to need work, Novarro was restless when not before the cameras; he continued accepting character roles in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, and produced and directed (but did not star) in the 1936 Mexican production Contra la Coriente. He remained active into the 1960s with good guest-star appearances on television. Though touted throughout his career as a ladies' man, Novarro was in fact a homosexual. His gentlemanly discretion in this and all matters earned him the respect of his fellow workers; it is doubly tragic, then, that the 69-year-old Ramon Novarro was brutally murdered in his home in the Hollywood Hills.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Heller in Pink Tights
  • De Leon
1960
67% Crisis
  • Col Adragon
1950
No Score Yet The Outriders
  • Don Antonio Chaves
1950
No Score Yet The Big Steal
  • Col. Ortega
1949
70% We Were Strangers
  • Chief
1949
No Score Yet La Virgen que Forjó una Patria (Saint That Forged A Country)
  • Juan Diego
1942
No Score Yet The Cat and the Fiddle
  • Victor Florescu
1934
No Score Yet The Barbarian
  • Jamil El Shehab
1933
57% Mata Hari
  • Lt. Alexis Rosanoff
1932
No Score Yet Huddle
  • Antonio 'Tony' Amatto
1932
No Score Yet Daybreak
  • Willi Kasder
1931
No Score Yet The Pagan
  • Henry Shoesmith Jr.
1929
No Score Yet The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince)
  • Prince Karl Heinrich
1928
100% Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
  • Judah Ben-Hur
1926
No Score Yet The Red Lily
  • jean Leonnec
1924
No Score Yet Scaramouche
  • Andre-Louis Moreau
1923
No Score Yet The Little American
  • Actor
1917
No Score Yet Joan the Woman
  • Starving Peasant
1916

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