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Cesar Romero

Cesar Romero

Birthday: 1907-02-15 · Known For: Acting

109 Movies · 5 TV Series

Biography

Cesar Julio Romero Jr. (February 15, 1907 – January 1, 1994) was an American actor, singer, dancer, and vocal artist. He was active in film, radio, and television for almost 60 years. His wide range of screen roles included Latin lovers, historical figures in costume dramas, characters in light domestic comedies, and the Joker on the Batman television series, which was included in TV Guide's 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.

Personal Life

Romero remained a confirmed bachelor (a man who has never married) and had no children, but made frequent appearances at Hollywood events escorting actresses, such as Joan Crawford, Linda Darnell, Barbara Stanwyck, Lucille Ball, Ann Sheridan, Jane Wyman and Ginger Rogers; he was almost always described in interviews and articles as a "confirmed bachelor". Many Hollywood historians and biographers have speculated on Romero being closeted about his sexuality. Author Boze Hadleigh included a series of claimed interviews with Romero in Hadleigh's 1996 book Hollywood Gays in which Romero allegedly came out; many of the claimed interviews in Hollywood Gays have come into dispute as possible forgeries, and Romero died two years before the book was released. Charlie Harper, lead singer of English punk band UK Subs, is reportedly a nephew of Romero.A registered Republican, in October 1960, he appeared in the Nixon-Lodge Bumper Sticker Motorcade Campaign and supported Barry Goldwater in the 1964 United States presidential election. Death. On January 1, 1994, aged 86, Romero died from complications of a blood clot while being treated for bronchitis and pneumonia at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. His body was cremated and the ashes were interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.For his contributions to the motion picture and television industry, Romero has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6615 Hollywood Blvd.

Early Life

Cesar Julio Romero Jr. was born in New York City on February 15, 1907, the son of Cesar Julio Romero Sr. and Maria Mantilla. His mother was said to be the biological daughter of Cuban national hero José Martí. His father was born in Barcelona, Spain and immigrated to the United States in 1888, where he was an import/export merchant. His mother was a concert singer.Romero grew up in Bradley Beach, New Jersey, and was educated at Bradley Beach Elementary School, Asbury Park High School, the Collegiate School, and the Riverdale Country Day School. After his parents lost their sugar-import business and suffered losses in the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Romero's Hollywood earnings allowed him to support his large family, all of whom followed him to the American West Coast years later. Romero lived on and off with various family members for the rest of his life.On October 12, 1942, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Coast Guard as an apprentice seaman and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He reported aboard the Coast Guard-manned assault transport USS Cavalier in November 1943. According to a press release from the period, Romero saw action during the invasions of Tinian and Saipan. The same article mentioned that he preferred to be a regular part of the crew and was eventually promoted to the rating of chief boatswain's mate.

Movies & TV Series

1935.

9 Movies
Hold 'Em Yale

Hold 'Em Yale

1935
A pretty young socialite falls for a charming but shady hustler, who abandons her when he finds that she has been disowned by her wealthy father. Three of the hustler's partners, who have also been le...
Rendezvous

Rendezvous

1935
A decoding expert tangles with enemy spies.
Show Them No Mercy!

Show Them No Mercy!

1935
The title refers to the government's plan at the time for putting an end to a lucrative racket, kidnapping. When Hudson and Norris enter a country house to get out of the rain it turns out to be a kid...
Metropolitan

Metropolitan

1935
Opera prima donna leaves the Metropolitan to form her own company with Tibbett as leading man. She leaves this company too which means Tibbett and company must carry on without her.
Clive of India

Clive of India

1935
Fort St. David, Cuddalore, southern India, 1748. While colonial empires battle to seize an enormous territory, rich in spices and precious metals beyond the wildest dreams, and try to gain the favor o...
Diamond Jim

Diamond Jim

1935
A loose biopic based on the life of Gilded Age tycoon "Diamond" Jim Brady.
Cardinal Richelieu

Cardinal Richelieu

1935
The cunning Cardinal Richelieu must save King Louis XIII from treachery within his inner circle.
The Good Fairy

The Good Fairy

1935
In 1930s Budapest, naïve orphan Luisa Ginglebuscher becomes an usherette at the local movie house, determined to succeed in her first job by doing good deeds for others and maintaining her purity. Lui...
The Devil Is a Woman

The Devil Is a Woman

1935
In the carnival in Spain in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the exiled republican Antonio Galvan comes from Paris masquerade to enjoy the party and visit his friend Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasquali...
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