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Ramon Novarro (1899–1968)

Ramon Novarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico, to Leonor (Gavilan) and Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego Siqueiros, a prosperous dentist. Ramon and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1913, as refugees from the Mexican Revolution. After stints as a ballet dancer, piano teacher and singing waiter, he became a film ... See full bio »

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 1968 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Padre Guillermo
- A Joyful Noise (1968) ... Padre Guillermo
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Don Tomas
- The Night of the Assassin (1967) ... Don Tomas
 1964-1965 Combat! (TV Series)
Count De Roy / Charles Gireaux
- Finest Hour (1965) ... Count De Roy
- Silver Service (1964) ... Charles Gireaux
 1965 Bonanza (TV Series)
Jose Ortega
- The Brass Box (1965) ... Jose Ortega
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Gasparo Paolini
- Rome Will Never Leave You: Part 3 (1964) ... Gasparo Paolini
- Rome Will Never Leave You: Part 2 (1964) ... Gasparo Paolini
- Rome Will Never Leave You: Part 1 (1964) ... Gasparo Paolini
 1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Father Tasso
- Canliss (1964) ... Father Tasso
 1962 Thriller (TV Series)
Maestro Giuliano
- La Strega (1962) ... Maestro Giuliano
 1960 Heller in Pink Tights
De Leon
 1958 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Don Esteban Miranda
- Law and Order, Incorporated (1958) ... Don Esteban Miranda
- Lawman or Gunman (1958) ... Don Esteban Miranda
 1952 The Ken Murray Show (TV Series)
- Episode #3.22 (1952)
 1950 Crisis
Colonel Adragon
 1950 The Outriders
Don Antonio Chaves
 1949 We Were Strangers
 1940 Comedy of Happiness
 1940 Ecco la felicità
Felice Ciatti
 1938 A Desperate Adventure
André Friezan
 1937 The Sheik Steps Out
Ahmed Ben Nesib
 1932 The Son-Daughter
Tom Lee
 1932 Huddle
 1931 Mata Hari
Lt. Alexis Rosanoff
 1931 The Christmas Party (Short)
Ramon Navarro (uncredited)
 1931 Daybreak
 1930 Sevilla de mis amores
Juan de Dios Carbajal
 1929 Devil-May-Care
Armand de Treville
 1928 Forbidden Hours
His Majesty, Michael IV
 1928 A Certain Young Man
Lord Gerald Brinsley
 1927 The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
Prince Karl Heinrich
 1927 Lovers?
 1925 The Midshipman
Dick Randall
 1925 A Lover's Oath
Ben Ali
 1924 The Arab
Jamil Abdullah Azam
 1924 Thy Name Is Woman
Juan Ricardo
 1923 Where the Pavement Ends
 1922 Trifling Women
Henri / Ivan de Maupin
 1922 The Prisoner of Zenda
Rupert of Hentzau (as Ramon Samaniegos)
 1922 Mr. Barnes of New York
Antonio (as Ramon Samaniego)
 1921 Man-Woman-Marriage
Dancer (uncredited)
 1921 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Guest at Ball (uncredited)
 1921 The Concert
Dancing Shepherd (uncredited)
 1921 A Small Town Idol
Dancer (uncredited)
 1918 The Goat (uncredited)
 1917 The Woman God Forgot
Aztec man (uncredited)
 1917 The Hostage (uncredited)
 1917 The Little American
Wounded Soldier (uncredited)
 1917 The Jaguar's Claws
Bandit (uncredited)
 1916 Joan the Woman
Starving Peasant (as Ramon Samaniegos)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(10/16/47) Radio: Appeared in the "The Prayer That Won the West" episode of "Family Theater of the Air".

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4 Print Biographies | 20 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Ramon Samaniego | Ramon Samaniegos


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

I was always the hero - with no vices - reciting practically the same lines to the leading lady. The current crop of movie heroes are less handicapped than the old ones. They are more human. The leading men of silent films were Adonises and Apollos. Today, the hero can even take a poke at the leading lady. In my time, a hero who hit the girl just once would have been out.


Novarro's murder served as the basis for the short story by Charles Bukowski called "The Murder of Ramon Novarro", as well as the song by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, "Tango", recorded by Peggy Lee. See more »


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