Desi Arnaz (1917–1986)


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Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III 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 to be ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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I Love Lucy Producer
(1951-1957)
The Long, Long Trailer Nicholas Carlos Collini
(1954)
Holiday in Havana Carlos Estrada
(1949)
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(2015)

Filmography

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 1973-1976 ABC Late Night (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 24 episodes)
- Getting Married (1976) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Assasinations: An American Nightmare (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Your Hit Parade 25th Anniversary (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- A Salute to Daytime Dramas (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- What's My Line? At 25 (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1963-1975 You Don't Say (TV Series) (executive producer - 493 episodes)
- Elaine Joyce, Rex Reed, Robert Ridgely, Betty White (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- June Lockhart, Larry Hovis, Rex Reed, Conny Van Dyke - Day 2 (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Abby Dalton, Ron Glass, Robert Morse, Bernadette Peters (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Ann Elder, Mickey Manners, Robert Ridgely, Conny Van Dyke (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Joyce Bulifant, Meredith MacRae, Mickey Manners, Greg Morris (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1967-1975 Mannix (TV Series) (executive producer - 194 episodes)
- Hardball (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Search for a Dead Man (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Design for Dying (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Bird of Prey: Part 2 (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Bird of Prey: Part 1 (1975) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1966-1973 Mission: Impossible (TV Series) (executive producer - 171 episodes)
- Imitation (1973) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Western (1973) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Pendulum (1973) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Speed (1973) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Fighter (1973) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1969 Mission Impossible Versus the Mob (executive producer - uncredited)
 1966-1969 Star Trek (TV Series) (executive producer - 80 episodes)
- Turnabout Intruder (1969) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- All Our Yesterdays (1969) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Savage Curtain (1969) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Cloud Minders (1969) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Way to Eden (1969) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 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 Yours, Mine and Ours (executive producer - uncredited)
 1968 Land's End (TV Movie) (producer)
  The Lucy Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 155 episodes, 1962 - 1968) (producer - 1 episode, 1962)
- Lucy and 'The Boss of the Year' Award (1968) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Lucy and Sid Caesar (1968) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Lucy and the Lost Star (1968) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Lucy Helps Ken Berry (1968) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Lucy and Phil Harris (1968) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1967 Music City USA (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1967) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1963-1967 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series) (executive producer - 44 episodes)
- Heaven Help Us (1967) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Alfred of the Amazon (1967) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- My Boy Googie (1967) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- You're Only Young Twice (1967) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Off We Go! (1966) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1966 The Carol Channing Show (TV Movie) (producer)
 1966 The Long Hunt of April Savage (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1966 The Recruiters (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1966 The Two of Us (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1963-1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series) (executive producer - 30 episodes)
- You're All Right, Ivy (1964) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- There Are No Problems, Only Opportunities (1964) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- This Train Don't Stop Till It Gets There (1964) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Love the Giver (1964) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Glorious Days of the Used to Be (1964) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1953-1964 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 343 episodes)
- The Persistent Cop (1964) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Rusty and the Chorus Girl (1964) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Call Off the Hounds (1964) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Beautiful Lady (1964) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Pupa Loves Rusty (1964) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1963 Surf Scene (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1963 Glynis (TV Series) (executive producer - 13 episodes)
- Crime After a Fashion (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- This One Will Kill You (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Catsa Nostra (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Body Guards (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Two Way Stretch (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1961-1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series) (executive producer - 47 episodes)
- Man Without a Witness (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Pattern of Guilt (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Go Look at the Roses (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Ordeal in Darkness (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Talk to My Partner (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1963 Maggie Brown (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1963 Swingin' Together (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1959-1963 The Untouchables (TV Series) (executive producer - 119 episodes)
- A Taste for Pineapple (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Line of Fire (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Torpedo (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Jazz Man (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Charlie Argos Story (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1962-1963 Fair Exchange (TV Series) (executive producer - 27 episodes)
- My Fair Scot (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- How You Gonna Get 'Em Back from the Farm (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Weddings Are for Parents (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Neville, the Pearlie (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Never Trust a Banjo Player (1963) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1962 Life with Archie (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1960-1962 Here's Hollywood (TV Series) (executive producer - 571 episodes)
- Episode #3.80 (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Episode #3.79 (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Episode #3.78 (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Episode #3.77 (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Episode #3.76 (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1953-1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (executive producer - 303 episodes)
- Go Fight City Hall (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Roman Kind (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The First Hundred Years (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Somebody Please Help Me! (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Acres and Pains (1962) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1960-1961 Harrigan and Son (TV Series) (executive producer - 34 episodes)
- The Testimonial (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- On Broadway (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Roommates (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Legacy (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Hello - Goodbye (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1958-1961 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 93 episodes)
- The Invitation (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Beginning (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Wedding (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Vamp 'Til Ready (1961) ... (executive producer)
- Pandora (1961) ... (executive producer)
 1960-1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 37 episodes)
- A Man's Game (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Big Jake (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Hitch-Hiker (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Triple C (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Assassin (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1960-1961 Guestward Ho! (TV Series) (executive producer - 38 episodes)
- No Place Like Home (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Beatniks (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Wild West Show (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Hooten's Second Car (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Hootons Versus Hawkeye (1961) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1960 Alcatraz Express (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1959-1960 Grand Jury (TV Series) (executive producer - 40 episodes)
- The Perfect Crime (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Magazine Scandal (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Juke Box Story (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Guilty Victim (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Escapee (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1959-1960 Pony Express (TV Series) (executive producer - 35 episodes)
- Reclaim (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- We Ourselves (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Duel at Devil's Canyon (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Bandito (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Mail for a Male (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1958-1960 U.S. Marshal (TV Series) (executive producer - 51 episodes)
- Destination Nowhere (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- High Fence (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Man Who Never Was (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Man Who Lived Twice (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Murder, My Darling (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1958-1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series) (executive producer - 42 episodes)
- Dr. Kate (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Murder Is a Private Affair (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- City in Bondage (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Man in the Funny Suit (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Circle of Evil (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1958-1960 The Texan (TV Series) (executive producer - 79 episodes)
- Episode #2.42 (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- 24 Hours to Live (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Badman (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Mission to Monterey (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Accuser (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 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)
 1960 The Gun of Zangara (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1957-1960 Whirlybirds (TV Series) (executive producer - 111 episodes)
- Four Little Indians (1960) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Time Limit (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Dead Wrong (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Man, You Kill Me (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Shoot Out (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1957-1959 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series) (executive producer - 38 episodes)
- Death Comes in a Small Package: File #37 (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Muggy Night on Times Square: File #39 (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Box Men: File #38 (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- A Thing of Beauty: File #29 (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Night Prowlers: File #35 (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1958-1959 Yancy Derringer (TV Series) (executive producer - 34 episodes)
- Two Tickets to Promontory (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Gone But Not Forgotten (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Quiet Firecracker (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- V as in Voodoo (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Outlaw at Liberty (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1954-1959 December Bride (TV Series) (executive producer - 157 episodes)
- Bald Baby (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Lily the Example (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Lily Helps Twilly (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Linda on TV (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Lily Goes Fishing (1959) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1959 The Scarface Mob (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1958 This Is Alice (TV Series) (executive producer - 39 episodes)
- When the Bough Breaks (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Weight Lifter (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Two Yanks in Georgia (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Trial Balloon (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Too Many Fathers (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1958 Personal Report, Inc. (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1958 Colgate Theatre (TV Series) (executive producer - 8 episodes)
- If You Knew Tomorrow (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Welcome to Washington (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Macreedy's Woman (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Fountain of Youth (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Mr. Tutt (1958) ... (executive producer)
 1958 The Fountain of Youth (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1956-1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series) (executive producer - 76 episodes)
- The Puma (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Man on the Street (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Cave (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- A Night in Tennessee (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Bad Medicine (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1954-1958 Shower of Stars (TV Series) (executive producer - 31 episodes)
- Episode #4.7 (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Episode #4.4 (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Jack Benny Celebrates His 40th Birthday (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1957-1958 Official Detective (TV Series) (executive producer - 40 episodes)
- The Combination (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Cover-Up (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Taxi Killers (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Trail of Terror (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Policeman's Gun (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1956-1958 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series) (executive producer - 68 episodes)
- Woman Escapes (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Social Service Case (1958) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Looters (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Deputy's Wife (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Border Sanctuary (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1955-1957 Those Whiting Girls (TV Series) (executive producer - 26 episodes)
- A Man in the House (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Margaret Whiting's Sister (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Army Camp Show (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Margaret's Romance (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- What Price Publicity? (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1956-1957 Wire Service (TV Series) (executive producer - 39 episodes)
- Escape to Freedom (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Rehearsal for Sabotage (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Nameless (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Death at Twin Pines (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Washington Stars (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
  I Love Lucy (TV Series) (executive producer - 155 episodes, 1951 - 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)
 1952-1957 Cavalcade of America (TV Series) (executive producer - 132 episodes)
- Chicago 2-1-2 (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Shark of the Mountain (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Episode #5.26 (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Last Signer (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Widow Was Willing (1957) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1955-1956 Theatre Royal (TV Series) (executive producer - 34 episodes)
- Episode in Paris (1956) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Forecast Unsettled (1956) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Ends of Justice (1956) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The Gloves (1956) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Dead or Alive (1956) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1952-1956 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series) (executive producer - 130 episodes)
- Travel Crazy (1956) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Principal for a Day (1956) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- The $350,000 Question (1956) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- White Lies (1956) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
- Geraldine (1956) ... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1956 Forever, Darling (producer)
 1955 Just Off Broadway (TV Movie) (executive producer - uncredited)
 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)
 1954 A Christmas Carol (executive producer - uncredited)
 1953 I Love Lucy (executive producer)
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Other Works:

Print ad/TV commercials (w/Lucille Ball): Philip Morris cigarettes. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Desiderio Arnaz

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Spouse:

Edith Eyre Skimming Mack Hirsch  (her death) | See more »

Children:

Desi Arnaz Jr. | See more »

Parents:

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz II | Dolores de Acha
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Personal Quote:

[after wife Lucille Ball was accused of being a Communist] The only thing red about her is her hair, and that isn't even real. See more »

Trivia:

Grew up being best friends with Albert Francis "Sonny" Capone, son of Al Capone. See more »

Trademark:

Cuban accent See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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