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Desi Arnaz (1917–1986)


Desiderio Alberto Arnaz ye de Acha the Third was born in Santiago, Cuba on March 2, 1917. His father was the mayor of Santiago. The 1933 revolution led by Fulgencio Batista had landed his father in jail and stripped the family of its wealth, property and power. His father was released because of the intercession of U.S. officials who believed him ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

Known For

The Ann Sothern Show
(1958-1961)
The Mothers-In-Law
(1967-1969)
The Long, Long Trailer
The Long, Long Trailer Nicholas Carlos Collini
(1953)
Forever, Darling
Forever, Darling Producer
(1956)

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 1967-1969 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series) (executive producer - 56 episodes)
- The Not-So-Grand Opera (1969) ... (executive producer)
- The Charge of the Wife Brigade (1969) ... (executive producer)
- Show Business Is No Business (1969) ... (executive producer)
- Take Her, He's Mine (1969) ... (executive producer)
- Two on the Aisle (1969) ... (executive producer)
 1968 Land's End (TV Movie) (producer)
 1966 The Carol Channing Show (TV Movie) (producer)
  The Lucy Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 14 episodes, 1962 - 1963) (producer - 1 episode, 1962)
- Lucy's Sister Pays a Visit (1963) ... (executive producer)
- Chris's New Year's Eve Party (1962) ... (executive producer)
- Together for Christmas (1962) ... (executive producer)
- Lucy and Her Electric Mattress (1962) ... (executive producer)
- Lucy Builds a Rumpus Room (1962) ... (executive producer)
 1961-1962 The Untouchables (TV Series) (executive producer - 3 episodes)
- The Eddie O'Gara Story (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Arsenal (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Stranglehold (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1958-1961 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 77 episodes)
- Vamp 'Til Ready (1961) ... (executive producer)
- Pandora (1961) ... (executive producer)
- Two's Company (1961) ... (executive producer)
- Always April (1961) ... (executive producer)
- The Royal Visit (1961) ... (executive producer)
 1960 New Comedy Showcase (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1957-1960 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series) (executive producer - 13 episodes)
- Lucy Meets the Mustache (1960) ... (executive producer)
- The Ricardos Go to Japan (1959) ... (executive producer)
- Milton Berle Hides at the Ricardos (1959) ... (executive producer)
- Lucy's Summer Vacation (1959) ... (executive producer)
- Lucy Wants a Career (1959) ... (executive producer)
 1958 The Texan (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1958 The Fountain of Youth (TV Short) (executive producer)
 1958 Colgate Theatre (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Mr. Tutt (1958) ... (executive producer)
  I Love Lucy (TV Series) (executive producer - 132 episodes, 1952 - 1956) (producer - 27 episodes, 1956 - 1957)
- The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue (1957) ... (producer)
- Lucy Raises Tulips (1957) ... (producer)
- Country Club Dance (1957) ... (producer)
- Building a Bar-B-Q (1957) ... (producer)
- Housewarming (1957) ... (producer)
 1956 Forever, Darling (producer)
 1955 Those Whiting Girls (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1954-1955 Willy (TV Series) (executive producer - 39 episodes)
- Willy and Hurricane Harvey (1955) ... (executive producer)
- Willy and Eccentric Henrietta (1955) ... (executive producer)
- Willy and El Flamenco (1955) ... (executive producer)
- Franklin's Shoe Business (1955) ... (executive producer)
- Willy's Painting (1955) ... (executive producer)
 1954 Country Doctor (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1953 I Love Lucy (executive producer)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Too Many Girls (1939). Musical comedy. Material by George Marion Jr. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Musical Staging by Robert Alton. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by 'Raoul Pène Du Bois'. Directed by George Abbott. Imperial Theatre (moved to The Broadway Theatre from unknown date 1940- 18 Mar ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 2 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Desiderio Arnaz

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Personal Quote:

On Lucille Ball: She's not someone I am likely to forget. I love her and will continue loving her till the day I die. See more »

Trivia:

In December 1958, in order to raise revenue for business and personal expenses, Desilu went public on the NYSE at $10 per share. Lucille Ball and Desi each retained 25% of the stock, with the swing vote going to key executives at Desilu. After paying gambling debts and expenses, he realized $70,000 to $80,000. See more »

Trademark:

Cuban accent See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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