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|Also Known As:||Died:||January 1, 1994|
|Born:||February 15, 1907||Cause of Death:||complications from a blood clot|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Played four roles in a production of "The Merchant of Venice" while at boarding school
Romero's father found him a job at a bank on Wall Street after the family lost its fortune with the collapse of the sugar market in the early Depression years
Met heiress Lisbeth Higgins at a fancy party; after dating and dancing together regularly, she suggested they form a dance team (date approximate)
Danced with Higgins in the musical comedy, "Lady Do"; also danced with her and other partners in nightclubs and vaudeville (date approximate)
Discovered dancing in the Montmartre Nightclub in Manhattan by producer Brock Pemberton; hired as a replacement for the leading actor in the hit stage comedy "Strictly Dishonorable", written by Preston Sturges
Acted in other Broadway plays including "Social Register", "Stella Brady", "All Points West" and "Dinner at Eight" (date approximate)
Film debut, "The Thin Man"
MGM lent Romero out a bit (e.g. To Warner Brothers for "British Agent" 1934) before cancelling his contract
Under contract to Universal
Had been lent out to 20th Century-Fox for several films; when Universal refused to raise his salary, Romero signed with Fox
Under contract to 20th Century-Fox
Made the first of half a dozen pictures over the next three years as the Cisco Kid, "The Cisco Kid and the Lady"
Last film before enlisting in the military, "Wintertime", opposite skating star Sonja Henie
Served in the Coast Guard during WWII; was stationed in the Pacific and involved in military action during the invasions of Tinian and Saipan (dates approximate)
First films after wartime service, "Carnival in Costa Rica" and "The Captain from Castile"
Last film for Fox, "Love That Brute"; began freelancing
Went to England to act in support of David Niven and Vera-Ellen in "Happy Go Lovely"
Played leads in a number of low-budget actioners made by Lippert Pictures
Hosted the ABC variety show, "Your Chevrolet Showroom"
Starred as Steve McQuinn in the syndicated TV adventure series, "Passport to Danger"
Appeared as a panelist on the ABC game show, "Take a Good Look"
Recorded an album in the early 1960s, "Songs from a Spanish Lover"
Played leading role in the U.S.-Spanish co-production, "El valle de las espadas/The Castilian"
Played the recurring role of the Joker in the ABC adventure series, "Batman"
Hosted the syndicated documentary TV special, "Cesar's World"
Played the recurring role of Chico's (Freddie Prinze) father on the NBC comedy series, "Chico and the Man" in the mid-70s
Played Peter Stavros on primetime soap, "Falcon Crest"
Last feature films, "Judgment Day" and "Simple Justice"
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