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Cesar Romero

photo by Carl Van Vechten, 1934
Birth name Cesar Julio Romero, Jr.
Born February 15, 1907
New York City, New York, USA
Died January 1, 1994, (age 86)
Santa Monica, California, USA
Other name(s) Butch, Latin from Manhattan
Years active ca. 1930-1990
Notable roles The Joker in Batman

Cesar Julio Romero, Jr. (February 15, 1907January 1, 1994) was a Cuban-American film and television actor, known for his portrayal of the Joker in the television series Batman. Cesar Romero photographed by Carl Van Vechten, February 23, 1934 From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain: http://memory. ... Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964) was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... For other uses, see Santa Monica (disambiguation). ... See also: 1929 in film 1930 1931 in film 1930s in film 1920s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films The Indians Are Coming Madam Satan Der Blaue Engel Academy Awards Best Picture: All Quiet on the Western Front - Universal Studios Best Actress: Norma Shearer - The Divorcee... // Chris Rock and Adam Sandler join SNL February 4 - Actor Tom Cruise and actress Mimi Rogers divorce. ... The Joker is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain widely considered to be Batmans archenemy. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...

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Biography

Romero was born in New York to wealthy Cuban parents. However that lifestyle would change dramatically when his parents lost their sugar import business and suffered losses in the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Fortunately, Romero's Hollywood earnings allowed him to support his large family, who all followed him to the West Coast, years later. Romero lived on and off with various family members, especially his sister, for the rest of his life. NY redirects here. ... The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also called the Great Crash or the Crash of 29, is the stock-market crash that occurred in late October, 1929. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... ...


Romero served admirably in various capacities in the United States Coast Guard in the Pacific for several years during WWII, with fellow Hollywood actors, Gig Young and Richard Cromwell. USCG HH-65 Dolphin The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces and is involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense. ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Actor Gig Young in City That Never Sleeps Gig Young (November 4, 1913–October 19, 1978) was an American film actor. ... Richard Cromwell (January 8, 1910 - October 11, 1960) was an American actor, born LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh. ...


Career

Romero played "Latin lovers" in films from the 1930s until the 1950s, usually in supporting roles. Initially, he attracted attention in Hollywood when he starred as Cisco Kid in six westerns made between 1939 and 1941. Romero's skill at both dancing and comedy can be seen in the classic 20th Century Fox films he starred in opposite Carmen Miranda and Betty Grable, such as A Night in Havana and Springtime in the Rockies, in the 1940s. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... ... The Cisco Kid is a fictional Mexican cowboy character created by author O. Henry in his short story The Caballeros Way published in 1907 in the short story collection Heart of the West. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the major American film studios. ... Carmen Miranda, pron. ... Betty Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973) was an American dancer, singer, and actress. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


20th Century Fox, and mogul, Daryl Zanuck personally selected Romero to co-star with Tyrone Power in the Technicolor historical epic, The Captain From Castile (1947). The Director was Henry King. While Power played a fictionalized character, Romero played the most famous Conquistador in Spain's conquest of the Americas. It is set in 1519, and sets out the general account of the first stages in the conquest of the Aztecs in Mexico. This film was meant as the vehicle to restart Tyrone Power's career, though many feel that Romero's career benefitted more from it. It was produced on a scale that would not be eclipsed as a visual epic, until years later when the cinema brought on Quo Vadis, The Robe, The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur or even later, Lawrence of Arabia. Romero was able to maintain the aura of "major stardom" for at least 10 years after this major role, as Hernan Cortez. The film was widely seen, and influenced the future depiction of the "Spanish Conquistadors". Countless monuments, logos, commercial art, and text books over the years picked up this forward shift of about 70 years in the armor and headgear of the conquering Spanish adventurers. Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the major American film studios. ... Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr. ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... Henry King may refer to: Henry King (poet), (1592-1669), English poet, Bishop of Chichester Henry Churchill King, (1858–1934) theologian and educator; served on King-Crane Commission Henry King, (1855-1923) Australian studio and landscape photographer Henry T. King was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials Herny King (congressman... Conquistadors (Spanish: []) (English: Conqueror) were Spanish soldiers, explorers and adventurers who invaded and conquered much of the Americas and Asia Pacific, bringing them under Spanish colonial rule between the 15th and 17th centuries, starting with the 1492 settlement by Christopher Columbus in what is now the Bahamas // Hernán Cort... Events March 4 - Hernán Cortés lands in Mexico. ... The word Aztec is usually used as a historical term, although some contemporary Nahuatl speakers would consider themselves Aztecs. ... Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr. ... // Quo vadis is a Latin phrase meaning Where are you going? It is used as a proverbial phrase from the Bible (John 16:5). ... The Robe, a 1942 historical novel featuring the Crucifixion, written by Lloyd C. Douglas. ... This article is about the list of religious and moral imperatives. ... Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a sword-and-sandal historical fiction epic originally depicted in the 1880 book by American general and author Lew Wallace. ... Thomas Edward Lawrence (August 16, 1888 – May 19, 1935), also known as Lawrence of Arabia, and (apparently, among his Arab allies) Aurens or El Aurens, became famous for his role as a British liaison officer during the Arab Revolt of 1916–1918. ... Hernán Cortés Hernán Cortés (1485 - December 2, 1547) (who was known as Hernando or Fernando Cortés during his lifetime and signed all his letters Fernán Cortés) was the conquistador who conquered Mexico for Spain. ...


Television icon

Cesar Romero in his famous role as the Joker from Batman.

In 1966, Romero again achieved icon status when he played The Joker in ABC-TV's Batman television series. He refused to shave his trademark mustache and so it was covered with white makeup when playing the supervillain throughout the series' run. Romero also portrayed The Joker in the pilot movie version of the show. Image File history File links Cesar_Romero_Joker. ... Image File history File links Cesar_Romero_Joker. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... The Joker is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain widely considered to be Batmans archenemy. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ...


Among Romero's guest star work in the 1970s was a recurring role on the western comedy Alias Smith and Jones, starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy. Romero played Señor Armendariz, a Mexican rancher feuding with Patrick McCreedy (Burl Ives), the owner of a ranch on the opposite side of the border. He appeared in three episodes. He also appeared as Count Dracula on Rod Serling's Night Gallery. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... Alias Smith and Jones was a Western television series on ABC from 1971 to 1973, starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy. ... Pete Duel (24 February 1940 – 31 December 1971) was an American actor, best known for his role in the television series, Alias Smith and Jones. ... Benjamin E. Murphy (born March 6, 1942) is an American actor. ... Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (14 June 1909 – 14 April 1995), an Academy Award winner, was an acclaimed American folk music singer, author, and actor. ... Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ... Night Gallery was Rod Serlings follow-up to The Twilight Zone, airing on NBC from 1970 to 1973. ...


In the 1980s, Romero portrayed Chico Rodriguez's (Freddie Prinze) absent father in Chico And The Man and later appeared as Peter Stavros in the television series Falcon Crest (1985-1987). This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... Frederick Karl Pruetzel (22 June 1954 – 29 January 1977), better known as “Freddie Prinze” was an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Chico and the Man was an American sitcom which ran on NBC from September 13, 1974 to July 21, 1978, starring Jack Albertson as Ed Brown (The Man), the cantankerous owner of a run down garage in an East Los Angeles barrio, and introducing Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez, an... Falcon Crest was an American primetime television soap opera about the feud between the Channings and the Giobertis, two separate rich wine families in West Central California, around San Francisco in a fictional town, Tuscany Valley. ...


Personal life

Romero always claimed his grandfather on his mother's side was Cuban poet and patriot José Martí although his mother's parents were legally Carmen and Manuel Mantilla with Jose Martí as his godfather. There was some speculation that Maria was fathered by Martí who was a boarder in the Mantilla household but he never claimed Maria as his daughter in his lifetime. José Julián Martí y Pérez was a leader of the Cuban independence movement from Spain and as well a renowned poet and writer. ...


Romero, who never married despite proposing to at least one woman, was known to be gay, even during the more discreet standards of his generation.[1] GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ...


Political views

Romero "[b]elieved in 'liberation theology,' a political system of Marxism-Christianity, which purports that, despite the fact that Karl Marx called religion 'the opiate of the masses,' religion and communism are still compatible. Romero was very Christian yet still believed in a utopian society whose belief is that Christ's kingdom would be very similar to Marx's envisionment of communism, and held to this belief until his death."[2][3] Liberation theology is a school of theology that focuses on Jesus Christ as not only the Redeemer but also the Liberator of the Oppressed. ... Marxism takes its name from the praxis (the synthesis of philosophy and political action) of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. ... Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch... See Utopia (disambiguation) for other meanings of this word Utopia, in its most common and general meaning, refers to a hypothetical perfect society. ... Communism is an ideology that seeks to establish a classless, stateless social organization based on common ownership of the means of production. ...


He was a mainstay of the Hollywood social circuit until his death in 1994.


Filmography

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Trivia

  • The sinister screeching laugh associated with the Joker began with Romero. Upon first reading the script for Batman he grew so amused with the story that he began to laugh out loud. The producers asked him to use the laugh whenever he taunted the Dynamic Duo. As a result it became so associated with the Joker that it became the standard in later animated shows and the Batman movies. It even became illustrated in the comic.
  • In a Halloween edition of the popular Homestar Runner internet cartoons, Strong Bad dresses as "Cesar Romero as the Joker", complete with bleached mustache.
  • Cesar Romero is referenced in an episode of The Simpsons, when Homer Simpson sees the "ghost" of Cesar Chavez, asking him, "Who are you?" The ghost replies, "Cesar Chavez." Homer says, "Why do you look like Cesar Romero?" The ghost says, "Because you don't know what Cesar Chavez looks like."
  • Romero is also referenced in an episode of Sanford and Son, when Lamont confronts his father, Fred Sanford, on an especially fake-looking wig he is wearing. Lamont asks him what it (the wig) is, and when Fred asks him what it looks like, Lamont responds that "it looks like the welcome mat at Cesar Romero's house!"
  • Celtic F.C. legend Billy McNeil is famously nicknamed "Cesar", after Cesar Romero's role in Ocean's 11 as the getaway driver, because he was one of few Celtic players at the time to own a car.

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References

  1. ^ Hadleigh, Boze (1996). Hollywood Gays. Barricade Books, Inc.. ISBN 1569800839. 
  2. ^ Cesar Romero at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Steve Starr (2006). Cesar Romero. Entertainment Magazine Online. Retrieved on 2007-05-20.

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Cesar Romero - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (434 words)
Romero's skill at both dancing and comedy can be seen in the classic 20th Century Fox films he starred in opposite Carmen Miranda and Betty Grable, such as A Night in Havana and Springtime in the Rockies, in the 1940s.
Romero always claimed his grandfather on his mother's side was Cuban poet and patriot José Martí although his mother's parents were legally Carmen and Manuel Mantilla with Jose Martí as his godfather.
Cesar Romero's cremated remains were inurned at the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California [1].
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