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Ricardo Cortez (I) (1900–1977)

Ricardo Cortez was born Jacob Krantz in New York City, New York, the son of Sarah (Lefkowitz) and Moses/Morris Krantz, Austrian Jewish immigrants who moved to NY just before he was born. His brother was cinematographer Stanley Cortez, who also changed his surname. Cortez worked a number of jobs while he trained as an actor. When Jacob arrived in ... See full bio »

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 1960 Bonanza (TV Series)
Don Xavier Losaro
- El Toro Grande (1960) ... Don Xavier Losaro
 1958 The Last Hurrah
Sam Weinberg
 1950 Bunco Squad
Tony Weldon - aka Anthony Wells
 1948 Mystery in Mexico
John Norcross
 1946 The Locket
Mr. Bonner
 1946 The Inner Circle
Duke York
 1944 Make Your Own Bed
Wilson - aka Fritz Alden
 1942 Tomorrow We Live
The Ghost, Alexander Caesar Martin
 1942 Who Is Hope Schuyler?
Anthony Pearce
 1941 World Premiere
Mark Saunders
 1941 A Shot in the Dark
Philip Richards
 1941 Romance of the Rio Grande
Ricardo de Vega
 1940 Murder Over New York
George Kirby
 1938 City Girl
Charles Blake
 1937 West of Shanghai
Gordon Creed
 1937 Her Husband Lies
J. Ward Thomas (Spade Martin)
 1936 Postal Inspector
Inspector Bill Davis
 1935 Frisco Kid
Paul Morra
 1935 The White Cockatoo
Jim Sundean
 1934 The Firebird
Herman Brandt
 1934 A Lost Lady
 1934 The Man with Two Faces
 1934 Hat, Coat, and Glove
Robert Mitchell
 1934 Wonder Bar
 1934 Mandalay
Tony Evans
 1933 Big Executive
Victor Conway
 1933 Torch Singer
Tony Cummings
 1933 Midnight Mary
 1933 Broadway Bad
Craig Cutting
 1932 Flesh
 1932 Thirteen Women
Police Sergeant Barry Clive
 1932 Is My Face Red?
William Poster
 1932 No One Man
Bill Hanaway
 1931 Bad Company
Goldie Gorio
 1931 Reckless Living
 1931 Transgression
Don Arturo de Borgus
 1931 Big Business Girl
Robert J. Clayton
 1931 White Shoulders
Lawrence Marchmont
 1931 Behind Office Doors
Ronnie Wales
 1931 Ten Cents a Dance
Bradley Carlton
 1931 Illicit
Price Baines
 1930 Her Man
 1930 Montana Moon
 1929 The Lost Zeppelin
Tom Armstrong
 1929 Midstream
James Stanwood
 1929 New Orleans
Jim Morley
 1929 The Younger Generation
Morris Goldfish
 1928 Excess Baggage
Val D'Errico
 1928 The Grain of Dust
Fred Norman
 1928 Prowlers of the Sea
Carlos De Neve
 1928 Ladies of the Night Club
George Merrill
 1928 Woman of Destiny
Yoanes Etchegarry dit Jean Barliave
 1927 By Whose Hand?
Agent X-9
 1927 Mockery
Capt. Dimitri
 1927 New York
Michael Angelo Cassidy
 1926 The Eagle of the Sea
Captain Sazarac
 1926 The Cat's Pajamas
Don Cesare Gracco
 1926 Volcano
Stéphane Séquineau
 1925 The Pony Express
Jack Weston
 1925 In the Name of Love
Raoul Melnotte
 1925 Not So Long Ago
Billy Ballard
 1925 The Spaniard
Don Pedro de Barrego
 1925 The Swan
Dr. Walter, the Tutor
 1924 Argentine Love
Juan Martin
 1924 This Woman
Whitney Duane
 1924 Feet of Clay
Tony Channing
 1924 The City That Never Sleeps
Mark Roth
 1924 The Bedroom Window
Robert Delano
 1924 A Society Scandal
Harrison Peters
 1924 The Next Corner
Don Arturo
 1923 The Call of the Canyon
Larry Morrison
 1923 Children of Jazz
Ted Carter
 1923 Sixty Cents an Hour
William Davis, Jimmy's rival
 1923 The Gentleman from America
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1919 The Imp
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1917 The Fringe of Society (scenes deleted)
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Jesse L. Lasky was impressed by Cortez's dancing and his resemblance to Rudolph Valentin when he saw him in his nightclub routine in 1922 and signed him as a rival/replacement for the increasingly demanding and difficult Valentino. One of Lasky's secretaries suggested the screen name of Ricardo Cortez. See more »

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