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|Arnaz in 1950|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III
(1917-03-02)March 2, 1917
Santiago de Cuba, Republic of Cuba (present-day Cuba)
|Deceased||December 2, 1986(1986-12-02)
Del Mar, California, United States
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|Profession(s)||Actor, musician, producer|
||United States Army|
|Unit||United Service Organizations|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Desi Arnaz , born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz and Acha III (Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, March 2, 1917 – Hollywood, United States, December 2, 1986), was a Cuban actor and musician.
Coming from a wealthy Cuban family who left the island in 1933 to settle in Miami, Arnaz tries several professions to help his family until he is accepted as a guitarist for the Siboney Sextet.
After working briefly with Xavier Cugat in New York, Arnaz returns to Miami to direct his own combo and introduce the conga to American audiences. The success was so great, both local and national, that Arnaz returns to New York to create his own band. He was offered a role in the Broadway musical Too Many Girls of 1939 and later takes it to the film version in Hollywood. It was on this occasion that he meets his future wife Lucille Ball, whom he married on November 30, 1940.
Arnaz participates in three other films before joining the army during World War II. During the two years of service he was responsible for entertaining the troops. Before being retired as an active member, he managed to form a new orchestra, recording several hits in the late 1940s and working as an orchestra conductor on the Bob Hope radio show from 1946 to 1947.
In 1951 Arnaz directs his efforts in developing the episodes of the famous television series I Love Lucy, which was filmed for six years in CBS studios and became the most successful television program in history. The marriage with Lucille Ball comes to an end in 1960.
He retires from the entertainment business and moves momentarily to Baja California with his second wife Edith. He died on December 2, 1986 in Hollywood due to lung cancer, at the age of 69.
Desi Arnaz Net Worth – $20 Million
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