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Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III
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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:
Edith Mack Hirsch - Wife (deceased)
Lolita Arnaz - Mother
Lucie Arnaz - Daughter
Lucille Ball - Ex-wife
Desi Arnaz Jr. - Son
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha - Father
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