Desi Arnaz

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III
  • Birth Place: Santiago, Cuba
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/02/1917, Pisces
  • Date of Death: 12/02/1986
  • Profession: Actor; musician; band leader; producer; director
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Desi Arnaz Fast Facts:
  • His father was jailed during the Cuban Revolution in 1933 and had his property and money confiscated.
  • Toured with band leader Xavier Cugat for a year before heading his own orchestra.
  • Cast by director George Abbott in the 1939 Rodgers and Hart Broadway musical Too Many Girls and reprised the role for the 1940 film version, which starred Lucille Ball.
  • Although they were married in real life, CBS didn't think Arnaz would be believable as Ball's husband in I Love Lucy. They toured the country with a revue to prove that audiences would accept them, then produced the pilot with their own money.
  • Credited with devising the three-camera technique of filming sitcoms.
  • Bought RKO Studios and turned it into Desilu Productions, producing series such as The Danny Thomas Show, Star Trek: The Original Series and The Untouchables.
  • Made his final big-screen appearance in the 1982 drama The Escape Artist.
  • Desi Arnaz Relationships:
  • Lucie Arnaz - Daughter
  • Desi Arnaz Jr. - Son
  • Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha - Father
  • Lucille Ball - Ex-wife
  • Edith Mack Hirsch - Wife (deceased)
  • Lolita Arnaz - Mother

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