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Ricardo Cortez

Highest Rated:   89% The Last Hurrah (1958)
Lowest Rated:   67% The Maltese Falcon (1931)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Phantom Of Crestwood
  • Actor
2013
89% 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 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
67% 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 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

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