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Desi Arnaz

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Desi Arnaz
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Birth name Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III
Born March 2, 1917 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died December 2, 1986 in Del Mar, California, USA from lung cancer
Notable Roles Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy
Notable Episodes
Awards star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-born American actor, musician and television producer, best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy and as the co-founder and co-owner of Desilu Productions with his then-wife Lucille Ball.




Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
I Love Lucy Ricky Ricardo 1951–1957 1 2 3 4 5 6

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Virginian El Jefe 9x02 - The Best Man September 23, 1970
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Himself 4x11 - Show 77 November 23, 1970
Ironside Dr. Juan Domingo 7x23 - Riddle at 24,000 March 14, 1974
Saturday Night Live Himself (Host and Musical Guest) 1x14 - Desi Arnaz February 21, 1976
Alice Paco 2x18 - The Cuban Connection February 26, 1978

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Joys Himself March 5, 1976
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years Himself November 28, 1976

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares January 31-February 4, 1972
The Hollywood Squares April 3-7, 1972
The Hollywood Squares July 17-21, 1972
The Hollywood Squares July 24-28, 1972


Series Episode Airdate Credit
The Mothers-in-Law 1x01 - On Again, Off Again, Lohengrin September 10, 1967
The Mothers-in-Law 1x02 - Everybody Goes on a Honeymoon September 17, 1967
The Mothers-in-Law 1x03 - All Fall Down September 24, 1967
The Mothers-in-Law 1x05 - The Newlyweds Move In October 8, 1967
The Mothers-in-Law 1x06 - The Career Girls October 15, 1967
The Mothers-in-Law 1x07 - Who's Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor? October 22, 1967
The Mothers-in-Law 1x08 - My Son, the Actor October 29, 1967
The Mothers-in-Law 1x09 - How Do You Moonlight a Meatball? November 5, 1967


Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
The Mothers-in-Law 1967 –1969 Executive Producer

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

  • Won: Best TV Show (1956)