Desi Arnaz

1917 - 1986

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Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986), better known as Desi Arnaz, was a Cuban-American actor, musician, bandleader, comedian and film and television producer, revolutionary in the creation of modern television. He is best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the American television sitcom I Love Lucy, in which he co-starred with his then-wife Lucille Ball. Arnaz and Ball are generally credited as the innovators of the syndicated rerun, which they pioneered with the I Love Lucy series.Arnaz and Lucille Ball co-founded and ran the television production company called Desilu Productions, originally to market I Love Lucy to television networks. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Desi Arnaz has received more than 9,196,015 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Desi Arnaz is the 4,083rd most popular actor (down from 2,226th in 2019), the 102nd most popular biography from Cuba (down from 62nd in 2019) and the 10th most popular Cuban Actor.

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  • 26

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  • 1.29

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  • 4.69

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Among actors, Desi Arnaz ranks 4,083 out of 10,030Before him are Ruth Brown, Harry Hamlin, Megan Boone, Aria Giovanni, Lesley-Ann Brandt, and Osvaldo Ríos. After him are Natalya Arinbasarova, Swoosie Kurtz, Marshall Allman, Tom Tryon, Samantha Mathis, and Colleen Camp.

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Among people born in 1917, Desi Arnaz ranks 208Before him are José Perácio, Fyodor Khitruk, Bagrat Shinkuba, Robert Lowell, Gonzalo Rojas, and Joshua Nkomo. After him are Helen Suzman, Durward Knowles, June Foray, Virginia Grey, Jean Lucas, and Madeleine Robinson. Among people deceased in 1986, Desi Arnaz ranks 184Before him are Samuel Zauber, Enrique Tierno Galván, Kunio Maekawa, Pepper Adams, Beryl Markham, and Alicia Moreau de Justo. After him are John Braine, Gardner Fox, Heinz Strehl, Felipe Rosas, Hyman G. Rickover, and Aleksei Arbuzov.

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In Cuba

Among people born in Cuba, Desi Arnaz ranks 102 out of 202Before him are Juan Tuñas (1917), Carlos Prío Socarrás (1903), Camila Cabello (1997), Manuel Díaz (1874), Mariela Castro (1962), and Paquito D'Rivera (1948). After him are Millard Mitchell (1903), Cachao (1918), César Évora (1959), Carlos Mendieta (1873), Miguel Mariano Gómez (1889), and Rico Rodriguez (1934).

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Among ACTORS In Cuba

Among actors born in Cuba, Desi Arnaz ranks 10Before him are María Conchita Alonso (1957), William Levy (1980), Chelo Alonso (1933), Ana de Armas (1988), Ninón Sevilla (1929), and Tony Plana (1952). After him are Millard Mitchell (1903), César Évora (1959), Danay García (1984), Mario Cimarro (1971), Aylín Mújica (1974), and Livia Brito (1986).

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