Ramon Novarro

Ramon Novarro

  • Highest Rated: 100% Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926)
  • Lowest Rated: 57% Mata Hari (1932)
  • Birthday: Feb 6, 1899
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Heller in Pink Tights De Leon 1960
71% Crisis Col Adragon 1950
No Score Yet The Outriders Don Antonio Chaves 1950
80% The Big Steal Col. Ortega 1949
73% 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 Night Is Young Paul Gustave 1935
No Score Yet Laughing Boy Laughing Boy 1934
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 Call of the Flesh Juan de Dios 1930
No Score Yet Devil May Care Armand 1929
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

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Tomas
  • 1967
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Jose Ortega
  • 1965

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