First dramatic film role in "Bataan"
First film as actor, "Too Many Girls"
Starred, produced and directed TV sitcom, "I Love Lucy"
"I Love Lucy" expanded into the hour-long format, "The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show"
Family's property was confiscated, father was held as political prisoner for six months and Desi Arnaz and mother fled to Miami during the Batista revolution in Cuba
Formed 22-piece orchestra; introduced signature song, "Babalu"
Hosted Desilu's "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse"
Sold his shares of Desilu to Ball (she later sold Desilu to Gulf + Western in 1967)
Was executive producer of "The Mothers-in-Law"
While in high school worked as singing guitarist, relieving the Buddy Rogers Orchestra at the Roney Plaza Hotel in Miami
Appeared with band in 61-minute film, "Cuban Pete"
Bought five-acre ranch in Chatsworth CA with Lucille Ball, christened Desilu
Featured on Broadway in the Rodgers and Hart musical, "Too Many Girls"
Formed own rival rhumba band, Desi Arnaz and his Xavier Cugat Orchestra; first introduced the conga line
Served as executive producer on Lucille Ball's first solo series, "The Lucy Show"
Served in US Army Special Services at Birmingham General Hospital in Southern CA organizing entertainment for returning wounded servicemen
Signed two-year contract with RKO
Apprenticed under Xavier Cugat on tour for six months
Billed as Desiderio Arnaz in small role in "The Escape Artist"
Desilu purchased RKO Gower and RKO Culver City Studio facilities from General Tire, giving Desilu 35 sound stages
Formed Desilu Productions, with himself as president and Lucille Ball as vice president, to produce the TV series, "I Love Lucy"
Performed onstage in singing, dancing vaudeville act
Served as musical director of Bob Hope's radio program
Sold syndication rights and "I Love Lucy" series back to CBS for $4 1/2 million to finance expansion of Desilu studio