Desi Arnaz

Cuban-born American musician, actor and television producer (1917-1986)

Desi Arnaz (Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban-American movie, stage, television actor, television producer and director, writer, comedian, and musician. He is known for playing Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy.

Desi Arnaz
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Arnaz as a musician playing the drums
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III

(1917-03-02)March 2, 1917
DiedDecember 2, 1986(1986-12-02) (aged 69)
Del Mar, California, US
Cause of deathLung cancer
OccupationActor, musician, producer
Years active1936–1982
  • Lucille Ball
    (m. 1940; div. 1960)
  • Edith Mack Hirsch
    (m. 1963; her death 1985)
  • Alberto de Acha (grandfather)[1]

He was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.[2] He was married to Lucille Ball from 1940 until they divorced in 1960. They had a son named Desi Jr, and a daughter named Lucie. Then he was married to Edith Mack Hirsh from 1963 until her death in 1985. Arnaz died from lung cancer in Del Mar, California, on December 2, 1986. He was 69 years old.


  1. Arnaz, Desi. A Book. New York: William Morrow, 1976. ISBN 0688003427
  2. Desi Arnaz Biography (1917-1986)

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