Desi Arnaz

Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz 1950.JPG
Arnaz in 1950
BornDesiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III
(1917-03-02)March 2, 1917
Santiago de Cuba, Republic of Cuba (present-day Cuba)
DiedDecember 2, 1986(1986-12-02) (aged 69)
Del Mar, California, United States
Cause of deathLung cancer
OccupationActor, musician, producer
Years active1936–1982
Spouse(s)
  • Lucille Ball
    (m. 1940; div. 1960)
  • Edith Mack Hirsch
    (m. 1963; d. 1985)
Children
Parent(s)
Relatives
  • Alberto de Acha
    (maternal grandfather)[1]
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
UnitUnited Service Organizations
Battles/warsWorld War II

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986), better known as Desi Arnaz or Desi Arnaz, Sr., was a Cuban-born American actor, musician, and television producer. He is best remembered for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the American television series sitcom I Love Lucy. He co-starred on that show with dramatic and comedienne actress Lucille Ball (1911-1989), to whom he was married at the time. He and Ball are generally credited as the inventors of the syndicated rerun, which they pioneered with the I Love Lucy series.[2]

Arnaz and Lucille Ball cofounded and ran the television production company Desilu Productions, originally to market I Love Lucy to television networks. After I Love Lucy ended, Arnaz went on to produce several other television series, at first with Desilu Productions, and later independently; examples of which included The Ann Sothern Show and The Untouchables. He was also renowned for leading his Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra.

Early life

Arnaz was born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha, III, in Santiago de Cuba to Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Alberni II (March 8, 1894–May 31, 1973) and his wife Dolores de Acha (April 2, 1896–October 24, 1988).[3] His father was Santiago's youngest mayor and also served in the Cuban House of Representatives. His maternal grandfather was Alberto de Acha, an executive at Bacardi Rum.[4]

According to Arnaz, in his autobiography A Book (1976), the family owned three ranches, a palatial home, and a vacation mansion on a private island in Santiago Bay, Cuba. Following the 1933 Cuban Revolution, led by Fulgencio Batista, which overthrew President Gerardo Machado, Alberto Arnaz was jailed and all of his property was confiscated. He was released after six months when his brother-in-law Alberto de Acha intervened on his behalf.[4] The family then fled to Miami, where Desi attended St. Patrick Catholic High School. In the summer of 1934, he attended Saint Leo Prep[5] (near Tampa) to help improve his English.

Other Languages
العربية: ديسي أرناز
български: Деси Арнас
Deutsch: Desi Arnaz
Ελληνικά: Ντέζι Αρνάζ
español: Desi Arnaz
français: Desi Arnaz
한국어: 데지 아너즈
italiano: Desi Arnaz
Nederlands: Desi Arnaz
norsk: Desi Arnaz
polski: Desi Arnaz
português: Desi Arnaz
română: Desi Arnaz
русский: Арназ, Дези
Simple English: Desi Arnaz
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Desi Arnaz
suomi: Desi Arnaz
svenska: Desi Arnaz
Winaray: Desi Arnaz