Born: March 2, 1917 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: December 2, 1986 (age 69), Del Mar, California
Arnaz (Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) is a Cuban American
musician, actor and television producer.
What do you know about Desi Arnaz?
Celebrities Trivia quiz.
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1) With help from the U.S. Government, Desi, his father, and his
mother escaped from Cuba because of what Cuban leader?
2) On Broadway, Desi stars in the Rogers and Hart musical
Girls . He goes to Hollywood to play his character in the 1940 film
version. He meets his co-star and future wife Lucille Ball.
Who does NOT
reprise their stage role?
3) Bataan (1943) is a war film about the defense of the Bataan
Peninsula at the start of World War II. It was made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,
directed by Tay Garnett and produced by Irving Starr, with Dore Schary
as executive producer. It starred Robert Taylor, Lloyd Nolan, Thomas
Mitchell, Robert Walker, and Desi Arnaz.
Who did Desi play in the movie?
Pvt. Felix Ramirez
Sergeant Bill Dane
Pvt. Xavier Cugat
4) In Cuban Pete (1946), unable to complete the deal by
telephone, advertising executive Roberts (Don Porter) sends his
assistant Ann (Joan Fulton)to Cuba to lure a Cuban band, led by Desi
Arnaz, on to an American radio program. Attracted to Ann, Arnaz and his
band come to New York but complications arise when the squeaky-voiced,
addle-brained sponsor (Jacqueline de Wit) of the program decides she
wants to be the vocalist on the program. Ethel Smith, the King Sisters
and the dance team of Igor & Yvette are on hand to fill out the
remaining hour of this 20-minute plot.
Who did Desi play?
Lorenzo Xavier Vega
Pedro de Cordoba
5) In Holiday in Havana (1949) Carlos Estrade (Desi Arnaz), a
busboy in a Cuban hotel who wants to become a composer, is rebuffed by
Mama Valdez when he tries to get her daughter, singer-dancer Lolita
Veldez, to use one of his songs. Carlos thinks Lolita, who he has not
met, is the one who turned him down. He unexpectedly becomes the leader
of the hotel band, and they set out for Havana by bus to find a singer
and dancer to join them in the grand rhumba contest at the annual
carnival. Lolita, who has her heart set on winning the contest, slips
out of her hotel and heads for Havana in a car driven by an American
agent, Marge Henley, who is trying to sign her up. With the police,
called by her mother, in pursuit she abandons the car and catches the
band bus and, under an assumed name, persuades Carlos to take her to
Havana with the band. Later, learning her true identity, Carlos cools
Who plays Lolita?
Dolores Ann Doran
6) The original premise was for the couple to portray Lucy and Larry
Lopez, a successful show business couple (he a band leader, she an
actress) whose glamorous careers interfered with their efforts to
maintain a normal marriage.
7) Nicky (Arnaz) and Tacy Collini (Ball) are going to be married.
Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting
off with their own home on wheels--a trailer.
What was the name of this
I Love Tracy
The Long, Long Trailer
Traveling Across America
8) Desi Arnaz did not sell his share of Desilu due to his divorce
with Lucille Ball.
9) According to Mafia boss turned government informant Jimmy
"The Weasel" Fratianno in his book "The Last
Mafioso", several top members of the Chicago Mafia family were
furious about the portrayal of Italians in general and the Mafia in
particular in The Untouchables (1959), of which Arnaz was executive
producer, and put out a contract on his life. Several mob hitmen hid in
the bushes and behind trees outside his house one night after having
been tipped off that he was on his way home and were going to shoot him
when he pulled into his driveway, but for some unknown reason Arnaz
never came home that night. The killers were supposed to come back again
and wait for him the next night, but in the meantime cooler heads
prevailed and the murder plot was called off. Arnaz apparently never
found out how close he came to being murdered.
10) Where is Desi Arnaz buried?
Cremated, ashes scattered
Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, California
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles,