Desi Arnaz Biography
(Actor, Producer and Bandleader Best Known for His TV Sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’)
Birthday: March 2, 1917 (Pisces)
Born In: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Desi Arnaz was a famous American musician, actor, and television producer. He was the founder of the successful Latin music band, ‘Desi Arnaz Orchestra.’ This orchestra introduced America to conga, a Latin-American dance that received huge popularity. It was Xavier Cugat, a popular figure in Latin music, who noticed Arnaz for his potentiality as a musician. His single ‘Babalu’ is regarded as his signature song. Along with his wife Lucille Ball, he formed ‘Desilu Productions’ which organized Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s programs on stage, screens, and radio. Under this production house, he produced several television series like ‘The Ann Sothern Show’ and ‘The Untouchables.’ This production house also produced feature films like ‘Forever, Darling.’ As an influential producer, he is credited for his innovative ideas like multi-camera sitcom and organizing live shows at the studio. As an actor, he is remembered for his outstanding performance as Ricky Ricardo in American television series ‘I Love Lucy.’ He also acted in several other films, such as ‘Father Takes a Wife’ and ‘The Navy Comes Through.’ His role of a dying soldier in ‘Bataan’ brought him wide recognition.