Desi Arnaz

Born Mar 2, 1917

Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-born American musician, actor and television producer. While he gained international renown for leading a Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, he is best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the American TV series I Love Lucy, starring with Lucille Ball, to whom he was married at the time. He is generally credited as the inventor of the rerun.… Read More

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1917 Birth Born in 1917.


1933 16 Years Old 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. … Read More
1934 17 Years Old In the summer of 1934, he attended Saint Leo Prep (near Tampa) to help improve his English.


1939 22 Years Old When he moved to the United States, Desi Arnaz turned to show business to support himself. In 1939, he starred on Broadway in the musical Too Many Girls. … Read More
1940 23 Years Old Arnaz and Ball eloped on November 30, 1940. … Read More
1944 27 Years Old Arnaz and Ball's marriage was turbulent. Convinced that Arnaz was being unfaithful to her, and also because he came home drunk several times, Ball filed for divorce in September 1944, but returned to him before the interlocutory decree became final. … Read More


1960 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Ball divorced him in 1960. … Read More
1963 46 Years Old Arnaz married his second wife, Edith Mack Hirsch, on March 2, 1963, and greatly reduced his show business activities. … Read More


1976 59 Years Old To promote his autobiography, A Book, on February 21, 1976, Arnaz served as a guest host on Saturday Night Live, with his son, Desi, Jr., also appearing. … Read More


1986 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Arnaz was a regular smoker for much of his life and often smoked cigarettes on the set, as well as on-camera in I Love Lucy. He smoked Cuban cigars into his sixties. Arnaz was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1986.
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