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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 January 1953Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameDesiderio Alberto Arnaz IV
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Desi Arnaz Jr. has lived in Boulder City, Nevada, since 1986, where he owns the Historic Boulder Theatre and helps direct non-profit Boulder City Ballet Company (BCBC) with his wife, Amy Arnaz. Boulder Theatre was built in 1932 during the construction of Hoover Dam and operated as a movie theatre until it could no longer compete with the new, modern movie theaters in Las Vegas. When it closed, Desi purchased the theatre and converted it into a live theatre where BCBC performs and where Desi has produced many shows including: "Ricci, Desi & Billy" (a new version of Dino, Desi & Billy), "An Evening with Linda Purl", Torme' Sings Torme', "The Legacy of Laughter", "An Evening with Lucille Ball" (starring Suzanne LaRusch as Lucille Ball), Michael Johnson, "A Tribute to Dean Martin" (by Ricci Martin), "Dam Short Film Festival", "Chautauqua", "The Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", annual children's dance recitals from Dance Etc. and many more shows. Haley Arnaz is his wife's child from her first marriage and Desi adopted her when they married in 1987. Desi also has an older daughter, Julia, who lives on the east coast. Recently, Desi has performed "Babalu" (a show dedicated to the music of his father) with his sister Lucie Arnaz in NYC, Miami and in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress. Most recently, Desi & Lucie appeared at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, discussing the music of I Love Lucy (1951) and performed two of their father's songs - "Old Straw Hat" & "Cuban Pete" - with the accompaniment of Ron Abel on the piano.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Amy Arnaz

Spouse (2)

Amy Arnaz (8 October 1987 - 23 January 2015) (her death) (1 child)
Linda Purl (13 January 1980 - 10 December 1981) (divorced)

Trivia (18)

Younger brother of Lucie Arnaz.
Son of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball.
He appeared on the first cover of TV Guide (April 1953) with mother Lucille Ball.
Was believed to be the biological father of Patty Duke's oldest son Sean Astin until the two men developed a friendship and agreed to blood testing in the 1990s.
At age 12, he was the drummer for the hit rock act Dino, Desi, & Billy. Dino was Dean Paul Martin, Dean Martin's son. Billy was Billy Hinsche. They had a top 40 hit in 1965 with "I'm A Fool" (on Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records label, which had just been picked up for distribution by Warner Bros. Records).
Portrayed his own father, Desi Arnaz in The Mambo Kings (1992).
Legally adopted his stepdaughter, Haley Arnaz. Mother is Amy Arnaz. Father is Amy's first husband, Gary Charf. Haley is also a performer.
Brother-in-law of Laurence Luckinbill.
Nephew of Fred Ball and Kenny Morgan.
Born in the same hospital as Micky Dolenz, Natalie Cole, and former girlfriend Liza Minnelli.
His marriage to Linda Purl was very brief (1980-1981), but they have remained long-lasting friends. Linda has performed her cabaret show at Arnaz' Boulder Theatre in Boulder City with Desi even singing a couple of numbers with her and playing drums for a number or two. He and Linda also co-starred together in a 1998 production of "Love Letters".
Appeared as a contestant on the original The Dating Game (1965) in 1967. Lost to Spencer Leyton, a college student.
Stepson of Gary Morton.
Residing with wife, Amy Arnaz, in Boulder City, Nevada, where they own the Boulder Theatre (a former cinema converted into a live theater) and are very active conducting the Boulder City Ballet Company and in civic affairs. [January 2003]
Father of Julia Desiree Howe born in 1969 to Susan Callahan-Howe.
Desi's wife Amy died on January 23, 2015 at the age of 63 after a long battle with cancer.
According to the life Magazine announcement of his birth he weighed 3.883894 Kilos or 8 lbs 9 oz at birth the announcement of his birth appeared in the Milestones column of the time magazine issue dated 1/26/1953 one week after his birth he and his older sister Lucie averaged 7 lbs 15.5 oz.
Desi's wife Amy died January 23, 2015 at the age of 63 from a long battle of cancer. Desi Arnaz Jr.'s Facebook Page operated by close family friend Jaime Vermeulen, helped carry the announcement to the fans sent out by the Arnaz Family.

Salary (3)

Here's Lucy (1968) $17,600 (1968)
Here's Lucy (1968) $20,400 (1969)
Here's Lucy (1968) $25,200 (1970)

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