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Desi Arnaz

Desi Arnaz

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Also Known As: Desiderio Alberto Arnaz Y Acha Died: December 2, 1986
Born: March 2, 1917 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Cuba Profession: Cast ... actor bandleader musician singer director producer
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As the conga drum-beating bandleader Ricky Ricardo, Desi Arnaz became a household name and, along with wife Lucille Ball, one-half of an iconic team on TV's most beloved sitcom of all time, "I Love Lucy" (CBS, 1951-57). Unbeknownst to many who deemed him simply a Latin musician who rode his wife's coattails to fame, Arnaz was also a powerful and influential producer, partly responsible for many conventions of television taken for granted today, such as the multi-camera sitcom, filming shows live before a studio audience - not to mention the very idea of the rerun. In essence, Arnaz was ahead of his time in so many ways and, unfortunately in his lifetime, never received the acclaim he so richly deserved.

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