His maternal grandfather was Alberto de Acha, an executive at Bacardi Rum.
His father was Santiago's youngest mayor and also served in the Cuban House of Representatives. His maternal grandfather was Alberto de Acha, an executive at Bacardi Rum. Following the Cuban Revolution, led by Fulgencio Batistawhich overthrew President Gerardo MachadoAlberto Arnaz was jailed and all of his property was confiscated.
He was released after six months when his brother-in-law Alberto de Acha intervened on his behalf. Patrick Catholic High School. Film career[ edit ] When he moved to the United States, Desi Arnaz turned to show business to support himself.
Inhe starred on Broadway in the musical Too Many Girls. Arnaz and Ball eloped on November 30, Arnaz also played guitar for Xavier Cugat. He received his draft notice, but before reporting, he injured his knee. He was assigned to direct United Service Organization U. Discovering the first thing the wounded soldiers requested was a glass of cold milk, he arranged for movie starlets to meet them and pour the milk for them.
Following his discharge from the Army, he formed another orchestra, which was successful in live appearances and recordings.
When he became successful in television, he kept the orchestra on his payroll, and Rizo arranged and orchestrated the music for I Love Lucy.
His co-star was his real-life wife, Lucille Ball, who played Ricky's wife, Lucy. Television executives had been pursuing Ball to adapt her very popular radio series My Favorite Husband for television. Ball insisted on Arnaz playing her on-air spouse so the two would be able to spend more time together.
Market research indicated, however, that this scenario would not be popular, so Jess Oppenheimer changed it to make Ricky Ricardo a struggling young orchestra leader and Lucy an ordinary housewife who had show business fantasies but no talent. Ricky often appeared at, and later owned, the Tropicana Club, which under his ownership he renamed Club Babalu.
Much of the material from their vaudeville act, including Lucy's memorable seal routine, was used in the pilot episode of I Love Lucy. Segments of the pilot were recreated in the sixth episode of the show's first season.
During his time on the show, he became TV's most successful entrepreneur. At that time, most television programs were broadcast live, and as the largest markets were in New York, the rest of the country received only kinescope images.
Karl FreundArnaz's cameraman, and even Arnaz himself have been credited with the development of the multiple-camera setup production style using adjacent sets in front of a live audience that became the standard for subsequent situation comedies. The use of film enabled every station around the country to broadcast high-quality images of the show.
Arnaz was told that it would be impossible to allow an audience onto a sound stagebut he worked with Freund to design a set that would accommodate an audience, allow filming, and adhere to fire and safety codes. He also produced the feature film Forever, Darlingin which he and Ball starred.
In the late s, Arnaz proposed a Western television series to his then neighbor, Victor Orsattiwho formed a production company, Ror-Vic, in partnership with actor Rory Calhoun. The program could have been renewed for a third season had Calhoun not desired to return to films.
Desilu produced its own programs and provided facilities to other producers. Impossibleand Star Trek. When Ball sold her share of Desilu to what became Paramount TelevisionArnaz went on to form his own production company from his share of Desilu.
This sitcom ran for two seasons from to Arnaz's company was succeeded-in-interest by the company now known as Desilu, Too. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
December Learn how and when to remove this template message Arnaz and Ball decided that the show would maintain what Arnaz termed "basic good taste" and were therefore determined to avoid ethnic jokesas well as humor based on physical handicaps or mental disabilities.
Arnaz recalled that the only exception consisted of making fun of Ricky Ricardo's accent; even these jokes worked only when Lucy, as his wife, did the mimicking. Arnaz was deeply patriotic about the United States. In his memoirs, he wrote that he knew of no other country in the world where "a sixteen-year-old kid, broke and unable to speak the language" could achieve the successes that he had.
Their marriage was turbulent. Convinced that Arnaz was being unfaithful to her, and also because he came home drunk several times, Ball filed for divorce in Septemberbut returned to him before the interlocutory decree became final.
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May 13, · So I'm lying prone waiting for my pain pill to kick in and I LOVE LUCY comes on. I don't usually watch anymore but this was an episode I found funny. Dick Kallman's Big Break. In , Desilu Playhouse presented a Special Christmas Show starring the whole 'I Love Lucy' gang.
In this special, Lucille Ball introduced the Desilu players to the TV audience. "I Love Lucy" is one of my faves guaranteed to elicit a constant belly laugh from me.
Great way to start any day! Ball's comic timing in her scenes has NEVER been surpassed.