Ricardo Cortez

Highest Rated: 92% The Last Hurrah (1958)
Lowest Rated: 71% The Maltese Falcon (1931)
Birthday: Sep 19, 1899
Birthplace: Not Available
Though his professional name was suggestive of a Latin Lover type, actor Ricardo Cortez was actually an Austrian Jew, born Jacob Krantz. He arrived in Hollywood in 1922, at a time when the Rudolph Valentino craze was at its height. Producers liked the darkly handsome Jacob Krantz but felt that neither his name nor his heritage would do for publicity purposes: thus he became Ricardo Cortez, and his birthplace shifted to Spain. Despite the fact that his roles called upon his looks more than his talent, Cortez wanted to learn to act, and to that end signed on for the 1926 film The Sorrows of Satan, directed by the legendary D. W. Griffith. But Griffith was going through a career downer, and the disappointed Cortez left the film knowing little more about acting than he had when shooting started. Nonetheless, Cortez was a popular star, so much so that he was billed above up-and-coming Greta Garbo in The Torrent, her first American picture. When sound pictures came in, Cortez' studio dragged its feet with indecision as to whether or not the actor's voice would record adequately. Cortez took matters in his own hands by starring in a cheap independent melodrama titled Phantom in the House (1929). The picture was terrible, but at least Cortez proved he could talk. On top again in the early '30s, Cortez shed his "second string Valentino" image to play wisecracking urban types, including Sam Spade in the 1931 version of The Maltese Falcon. Relegated to second leads and villains by the late '30s, Cortez decided to give directing a try, acquitting himself nicely with 1939's Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence. Eventually Cortez lost interest in Hollywood (and vice versa), choosing instead to dabble in the stock market. Though he still took the occasional film part, by the '50s Cortez was better known for his activities as a member of one of Wall Street's top brokerage firms. Not the only showbiz professional in the Krantz family, Ricardo Cortez was the older brother of cinematographer Stanley Cortez (The Magnificent Ambersons [1942]).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Phantom Of Crestwood Actor 2013
92% The Last Hurrah Sam Weinberg 1958
No Score Yet Bunco Squad Tony Weldon 1950
No Score Yet Mystery in Mexico Norcross 1948
No Score Yet The Locket Mr. Bonner 1946
No Score Yet The Inner Circle Duke York 1946
No Score Yet Tomorrow We Live The Ghost, Alexander Caesar Martin 1942
No Score Yet I Killed That Man Roger Phillips 1941
No Score Yet Murder over New York George Kirby 1940
No Score Yet Girl In 313 Director 1940
No Score Yet Heaven With A Barbed Wire Fence Director 1939
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Reno Dr. Ainsley 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Last Warning Fabian, Ventriloquist 1939
No Score Yet West of Shanghai Gordon Creed 1937
No Score Yet Gentleman from California Ramon Escobar 1937
No Score Yet The Case of the Black Cat Perry Mason 1936
No Score Yet Postal Inspector Inspector Bill Davis 1936
No Score Yet The Walking Dead Nolan 1936
No Score Yet Frisco Kid Paul Morra 1935
No Score Yet Special Agent Nick Carston 1935
No Score Yet The Man with Two Faces Ben Weston 1934
No Score Yet Mandalay Tony Evans 1934
No Score Yet The Big Shakedown Dutch Barnes 1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar Harry 1934
No Score Yet The Firebird Herman Brandt 1934
No Score Yet Torch Singer (Broadway Singer) Tony Cummings 1933
No Score Yet Midnight Mary Leo Dary 1933
No Score Yet The House on 56th Street Bill Blaine 1933
No Score Yet Flesh Nicky 1932
No Score Yet Thirteen Women Police Sergeant Barry Clive 1932
No Score Yet Is My Face Red William Poster 1932
No Score Yet Men of Chance Johnny Silk 1932
71% The Maltese Falcon Sam Spade 1931
No Score Yet Big Business Girl Robert J. Clayton 1931
No Score Yet Behind Office Doors Ronnie Wales 1931
No Score Yet Ten Cents a Dance Bradley Carlton 1931
No Score Yet Illicit Price Baines 1931
No Score Yet Montana Moon Jeff 1930
No Score Yet Her Man Actor 1930
No Score Yet Lost Zeppelin Tom Armstrong 1929
No Score Yet The Phantom in the House Paul Wallis 1929
No Score Yet La danseuse Orchidée (Woman of Destiny) Actor 1928
No Score Yet Mockery Dimitri 1927
No Score Yet Torrent Don Rafael Brull 1926
No Score Yet The Sorrows of Satan Geoffrey Tempest 1926
No Score Yet Swan Dr. Walter, the Tutor 1925
No Score Yet The Pony Express Dock Weston 1925


No Score Yet Bonanza
  • 1960


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