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Xavier Cugat (1900–1990)

Born in Spain, Xavier Cugat's family moved to Havana, Cuba, when he was three. Always musically inclined, he packed up and moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times newspaper during the day and labored to put together a band at night. After a few years of playing smaller clubs in the L.A. area, Cugat finally ... See full bio »

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Radio Days
Radio Days Soundtrack
Happy Feet
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In the Mood for Love
Two Weeks Notice
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 2017 The LEGO Ninjago Movie (writer: "Cui Cui")
 2011 The Fairy (performer: "Nightingale" written by nm0191265, nm1264760 & nm0936347)
 2011 The Tale of a Fairy (Short) (performer: "Perfidia")
 2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (performer: "My Shawl") / (writer: "My Shawl")
 2007 Taxi 4 (performer: "Jalousie")
 2007 My Kid Could Paint That (Documentary) (performer: "Brazil")
 2006 Happy Feet (writer: "Cui Cui")
 2005 The Matador (writer: " (Yo Te Amo Mucho) And That's That" (1946))
 2004 Kung Fu Soccer (TV Series) (performer: "Perfidia")
 2004 2046 (performer: "Perfidia" - as Xavier Cugat and His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra)
 2003 Las Vegas (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2003) ... (performer: "Papa Loves Mambo")
 2002 Two Weeks Notice (performer: "Cugi's Cocktails (Hully-Gully Cha Cha)")
 2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Video Game) ("Jamay", uncredited)
 2002 Madame Satã (performer: "Carioca")
 2002 My Own Private Oshawa (TV Special) (writer: "Cachita")
 2001 Night at the Golden Eagle (performer: "Ombo (My Shawl)", "Tabu") / (writer: "Ombo (My Shawl)")
 2000 In the Mood for Love (performer: "Perfidia")
 1998 Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (performer: "Cuban Love Song", "Frenesí")
 1995 Camerieri (performer: "Quizas, quizas, quizas")
 1993 Kika (performer: "La Cumparsita")
 1992 Mac (performer: "THE LADY IN RED")
 1992 Black Hearts Bleed Red (Short) (performer: "Maria Elena")
 1990 Days of Being Wild (performer: "Perfidia")
 1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors (music: "Cuban Mambo" (1958))
 1987 Radio Days (music: "One, Two, Three, Kick" (1933-42)) / (performer: "Babalu" (1941), "One, Two, Three, Kick" (1933-42))
 1980 Reasons to Be Glad (Short) (music: "La Cumparsita")
 1980 Bye Bye Brasil (performer: "Para Vigo Me Voy (Say sí sí)", "Duerme")
 1970 Tiger by the Tail (lyrics: "Let's Drink, Friend") / (music: "Let's Drink, Friend")
 1961 Blind Justice ("Nachtigall (Nightingale)")
 1956 Tempo di villeggiatura (writer: "Ay que merengue")
 1956 Lo scapolo ("Tema principal")
 1956 The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (music: "My Shawl" - uncredited)
 1955 Chicago Syndicate ("Cuban Mambo", uncredited)
 1955 The Americano (music: "The Americano")
 1954 The Long, Long Trailer (writer: "Cui Cui")
 1949 Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City (Documentary short) (writer: "Cugat's Nougats" - uncredited)
 1948 Luxury Liner (music: "Cugat's Nugat", "My Shawl" - uncredited) / (writer: "Con Maracas", "Night Must Fall" - uncredited)
 1948 A Date with Judy (performer: "Its a Most Unusual Day" (Reprise #2 - Finale)) / (writer: "Marguerita")
 1948 On an Island with You (music: "Nightingale" (1942) - uncredited) / (performer: "The Dog Song" (1948), "Takin' Miss Mary to the Ball" (1948) - uncredited)
 1946 Holiday in Mexico (writer: "Yo Te Amo Much - And That's That" - uncredited)
 1944 Meet Miss Bobby Socks (writer: "Take It Easy" - as Albert De Bru)
 1944 Babes on Swing Street (lyrics: "Take It Easy" - as Albert De Bru) / (music: "Take It Easy" - as Albert De Bru)
 1944 Bathing Beauty (music: "The Thrill of a New Romance" (1939) - uncredited)
 1944 The Yellow Rose of Texas (writer: "Take It Easy" - as Albert De Bru, uncredited)
 1944 Two Girls and a Sailor (music: "Thrill of a New Romance" (1939) - uncredited) / (writer: "Take It Easy" (1943) - as Albert De Bru, uncredited)
 1943 Stage Door Canteen (performer: "She's a Bombshell from Brooklyn" (1943))
 1933 The Man from Monterey (writer: "Basilada", "Mexican Dance" - uncredited)
 1932 White Zombie (music: "Spanish Jota" - uncredited)
 1930 In Gay Madrid (music: "Santiago" (1930), "Dark Night" (1930) - uncredited)
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Personal Details

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Personal Appearance: Paramount Theatre in New York City on May 6, 1953. See more »

Alternate Names:

Xavier Cugat and Charo | X. Cugat and His Gigolos | Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra | The Xavier Cugat Orchestra

Did You Know?


He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 1500 Vine Street and for Recording at 1601 Vine Street in Hollywood, California. See more »


He was well known for holding a puppy chihuahua in his arms as he led his orchestra. See more »


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