Ramon Novarro
Actor
Ramon Novarro
Ramón Novarro was a Mexican leading man actor in Hollywood in the early 20th century. He was the next male "Sex Symbol" after the death of Rudolph Valentino. Novarro was the victim of a violent extortion attempt which resulted in his death.
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Howard Keel on TCM Pt.2: ROSE MARIE, PAGAN LOVE SONG, CALLAWAY WENT THATAWAY - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Robert Alton's Pagan Love Song (1950) uses the song and the setting — but not the story — of the 1929 Ramon Novarro blockbuster The Pagan. Nacio Herb Brown and future producer of MGM musicals Arthur Freed wrote the hit song "Pagan Love Song," sang by
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Lon Chaney Movie Schedule: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TELL IT TO THE MARINES ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The other four were Lillian Gish, Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, and John Gilbert. In August 1926, Chaney, Novarro, and Gilbert were each making $3000 a week (approximately $37000 today); Norma Shearer was making $2000. Lillian Gish, under a special
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Ann Dvorak on TCM: SCARFACE, I WAS AN AMERICAN SPY, MASSACRE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
I tried contacting him while working on my book about MGM star Ramon Novarro — since both were gay and in Hollywood at the same time, I figured they might have met. Much to my chagrin, by then Manners was in poor health and refused to discuss his film
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Teen Choice Awards 2011 Live Streaming Options - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Ramon Novarro mentioned in a comment on a post about the Teen Choice Awards 2011! Novarro would have been happy to be remembered 51 years after his last film appearance. Merrilyn, thanks for writing. To the best of my knowledge, there have been only a
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POVEȘTI DE CHIȘINĂU Lux și decadență la hotel „Suisse“. Vezi GALERIA FOTO! - Adevărul
Google News - over 5 years
Erau la mare modă în Chişinău filmele americane cu Ramón Novarro şi Rudolph Valentino. Dacă erai drăguţ cu vânzătoarea de bilete, puteai sta la toate spectacolele în şir, cu un singur bilet", mai spune maestrul Sainciuc, cu un zâmbet complice
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Star maker: the photographer Ruth Harriet Louise - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Her photographs of Ramon Novarro, for example, MGM's answer to Rudolph Valentino, was vital in drumming up publicity for Ben-Hur, which desperately needed to recoup its spiralling budget of $3.9 million (making it the most expensive silent film ever
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“HE WHO GETS SLAPPED” – A conversation with composer and pianist Matti Bye - SanFranciscoSentinel.com
Google News - over 5 years
The film's original score was handled by composer William Axt whose previous credits included the highly successful productions of The Mark of Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks, Scaramouche with Ramon Novarro, and The Navigator with Buster Keaton
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Julio Bracho - El Siglo Durango
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Dos de sus hermanos fueron los conocidos Andrea Palma y el escenógrafo Jesús Bracho fue también primo de los actores Ramón Novarro y Dolores del Río. A la muerte de su padre en 1927 Julio se vio de pronto solo frente a la vida; este choque tremendo y
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Arabs in Hollywood Movies on TCM: THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, THE SHEIK - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Starring Ramon Novarro, The Arab is one of the many old films recently repatriated from foreign archives. Rex Ingram, who had a close affinity to Arab and Muslim culture, directed it. A pity it remains unavailable while awaiting restoration
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Familias poderosas del espectáculo - Univisión
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Ramón Novarro es otro primo de Julio Bracho y Dolores del Rio. Ramón Valdés, hermano de "Tin-Tan", participó muchos años en la serie "El Chavo del 8", con Chespirito. Manuel el "Loco Valdés" es otro de los integrantes de esta cómica familia
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«Alguien se quejó de un ratón y Santiagón dijo: ´¿Quies que por tres perrones ... - La Nueva España
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Cuando era algo mayor ya iba al cine Toreno, donde pasaban las de Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson y Ramón Novarro. Allí había niños traviesos que soltaban moscones, los cuales volaban hacia el foco de luz y no dejaban ver la película». l Preceptor ex
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PLANET OF THE APES, Joan Crawford, Film Noir Classics: Packard Campus - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Many critics felt that silent-era superstar Ramon Novarro, making his Hollywood comeback after twelve years away, stole the film as a sly Mexican cop. I don't particularly agree; I found Jane Greer more fun to watch. More intriguing — and more
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The Arab (1924) - Gayworld.be
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“The Arab” is een film uit 1924 met Ramon Novarro en Alice Terry, geschreven en geregisseerd door Rex Ingram en gebaseerd op een toneelstuk door Edgar Selwyn. De film werd opgenomen in Noord-Afrika, net voor de fusie van MGM. Ingram was niet tevreden
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New Cultural Center Celebrates LA's Mexican Roots - NPR
Google News - almost 6 years
Displays at La Plaza include film posters featuring Mexican actresses Lupita Tovar and Dolores del Rio, as well as Mexican actor Ramon Novarro, star of 1925's Ben-Hur. Displays at La Plaza include film posters featuring Mexican actresses Lupita Tovar
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ROYAL WEDDING, Ramon Novarro, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly on TCM - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Now, by far the best movie of the bunch is Ernst Lubitsch's The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927), starring Mexican Ramon Novarro and Canadian Norma Shearer as Central Europeans living an intense but doomed romance: he's a prince, she's a barmaid
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Greta Garbo: la divina ermitaña (parte final) - ABC Color
Google News - almost 6 years
Su coprotagonista era el galán mexicano Ramón Novarro, uno de los más populares de la era muda, y la química en pantalla entre ambos resultó electrizante. Lastimosamente, no habrían de repetir colaboración. También ese año le cupo trabajar junto a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ramon Novarro
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1968
    Age 69
    Novarro kept busy on television, appearing in NBC's The High Chaparral as late as 1968.
    More Details Hide Details At the peak of his success in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Ramón Novarro was earning more than US$100,000 per film. He invested some of his income in real estate, and his Hollywood Hills residence is one of the more renowned designs (1927) by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright. When his career ended, he was still able to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. Novarro was troubled all his life by his conflicted feelings toward his Roman Catholic religion and his homosexuality. His life-long struggle with alcoholism is often traced to these problems. MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer reportedly tried to coerce Novarro into a "lavender marriage", which he refused. He was romantically involved with journalist Herbert Howe, who was also his publicist in the late 1920s. Along with Dolores del Río, Lupe Vélez and James Cagney, Novarro was accused of promoting Communism in California. It happened after they attended a special screening of the film ¡Que viva México! by famed Russian filmmaker Sergei M. Eisenstein.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1958
    Age 59
    In 1958, he was considered for a role in the television series The Green Peacock, with Howard Duff and Ida Lupino, after their CBS Television sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve (1957–58).
    More Details Hide Details The project, however, never materialized. A Broadway tryout was aborted in the 1960s.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1935
    Age 36
    When his contract with MGM Studios expired in 1935 and the studio did not renew it, Novarro continued to act sporadically, appearing in films for Republic Pictures, a Mexican religious drama, and a French comedy.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1940s, he had several small roles in American films, including We Were Strangers (1949), directed by John Huston and starring Jennifer Jones and John Garfield.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1926
    Age 27
    With Valentino's death in 1926, Novarro became the screen's leading Latin actor, though ranked behind his MGM contemporary, John Gilbert, as a leading man.
    More Details Hide Details He was popular as a swashbuckler in action roles and considered one of the great romantic lead actors of his day. Novarro appeared with Norma Shearer in The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) and with Joan Crawford in Across to Singapore (1928). He made his first talking film, starring as a singing French soldier, in Devil-May-Care (1929). He starred with Dorothy Janis in The Pagan (1929), with Greta Garbo in Mata Hari (1931), with Myrna Loy in The Barbarian (1933) and opposite Lupe Vélez in Laughing Boy (1934).
  • 1925
    Age 26
    In 1925, Novarro achieved his greatest success in Ben-Hur.
    More Details Hide Details His revealing costumes caused a sensation. He was elevated into the Hollywood elite. As did many stars, Novarro engaged Sylvia of Hollywood as a therapist (although in her tell-all book, Sylvia erroneously claimed that Novarro slept in a coffin).
  • 1923
    Age 24
    From 1923, he began to play more prominent roles.
    More Details Hide Details His role in Scaramouche (1923) brought him his first major success.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1917
    Age 18
    He entered films in 1917 in bit parts.
    More Details Hide Details He supplemented his income by working as a singing waiter. His friends, actor and director Rex Ingram and his wife, the actress Alice Terry, began to promote him as a rival to Rudolph Valentino, and Ingram suggested he change his name to "Novarro."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1899
    Age 0
    Novarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico, to Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego, and his wife, Leonor (Gavilan).
    More Details Hide Details The family moved to Los Angeles, California, to escape the Mexican Revolution in 1913. Novarros's direct ancestors came from the Castilian town of Burgos from where two brothers emigrated to the New World in the seventeenth century. Allan Ellenberger, Novarro's biographer, writes: the Samaniegos were an influential and well-respected family in Mexico. Many Samaniegos had prominent positions in the affairs of state and were held in high esteem by the president. Ramon's grandfather, Mariano Samaniego, was a well-known physician in Juarez. Known as a charitable and outgoing man, he was once an interim governor for the State of Chihuahua and was the first city councilman of El Paso, Texas Ramon's father, Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego, was born in Juarez and attended high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After receiving his degree in dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to Durango, Mexico, and began a flourishing dental practice. In 1891 he married Leonor Pérez-Gavilán, the beautiful daughter of a prosperous landowner. The Pérez-Gaviláns were a mixture of Spanish and Aztec blood, and according to local legend, they were descended from Guerrero, a prince of Montezuma.
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