Fernando Lamas


Actor
Fernando Lamas

About

Birth Place
Buenos Aires, AR
Born
January 09, 1915
Died
October 08, 1982

Biography

By his mid-30s, Fernando Lamas was already a heartthrob and bona fide movie star in his native Argentina, but he was more than willing to bring his unique brand of suave sophistication to the United States He was initially typecast for American audiences, playing characters that mirrored his real-life persona, but he managed to branch out over time, especially during his many guest appea...

Family & Companions

Lana Turner
Companion
Actor.
Arlene Dahl
Wife
Actor. Third wife, married 1954-60.
Esther Williams
Wife
Swimmer, actor. Fourth wife, married 1967.

Biography

By his mid-30s, Fernando Lamas was already a heartthrob and bona fide movie star in his native Argentina, but he was more than willing to bring his unique brand of suave sophistication to the United States He was initially typecast for American audiences, playing characters that mirrored his real-life persona, but he managed to branch out over time, especially during his many guest appearances on popular network television series. Lamas also moved beyond acting; he both starred in and directed 1967's "The Violent Ones," a crime drama that explored the clashing of white and Hispanic cultures. Once again, network television welcomed Lamas, where he directed a handful of programs, including several episodes of the iconic '70s crime drama "Starsky and Hutch." In 1982, shortly before succumbing to cancer, he had the opportunity to direct his son Lorenzo Lamas in an episode of the primetime soap opera "Falcon Crest." Fernando had three short marriages, each producing a child and ending in divorce, before settling down in 1969 with actress Esther Williams. The two remained married until his death in 1982.

Life Events

Photo Collections

Dangerous When Wet - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster for MGM's Dangerous When Wet (1953), starring Esther Williams. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Merry Widow, The (1952) - Villa Count Danilo (Fernando Lamas), with his welcoming crew in lowly Marshovia caught unawares as the rich widow Radek (Lana Turner) arrives from America, Sujata his Gypsy partner, with Paul Francis Webster’s lyric to a tune (“Vilja”) from the original Franz Lehar operetta, staged by Jack Cole, produced by Joe Pasternak for MGM, in The Merry Widow, 1952.
Merry Widow, The (1952) - Night Not quite able to see Lana Turner (title character, the visiting American widow Radek) in the dark, Count Danilo (Fernando Lamas), enlisted by his king to seduce her and her millions home to tiny Marshovia, offers the song from the Franz Lehar operetta, English lyric by Paul Francis Webster, in MGM’s The Merry Widow, 1952.
Merry Widow, The (1952) - You Were Lovely By Moonlight Count Danilo (Fernando Lamas), under royal orders to woo the visiting American widow Radek (Lana Turner) and her funds, fails to realize that Kitty (Una Merkel) is only her secretary, then is further undermined when she finds the note detailing his instructions, in The Merry Widow, 1952.
Law And The Lady, The (1951) - One Stone At A Time We know that butler “Hoskins” (Michael Wilding) is really Nigel, con-man partner of Greer Garson, who’s just arrived at his new San Francisco situation posing as “Lady Loverly,” discussing their plot, drawing the attention of neighbor Dinas (Fernando Lamas), in The Law And The Lady, 1951.
Dangerous When Wet (1953) - Rustic Swimming Hole Fernando Lamas as French (?) friend Andre, with Esther Williams (as Ginny, in-training American English Channel swimmer) getting loopy on her sponsor's product, in MGM's Dangerous When Wet, 1953, song by Arthur Schwartz and Johnny Mercer.

Family

Lorenzo Lamas
Son
Actor. Born January 20, 1958; mother Arlene Dahl.

Companions

Lana Turner
Companion
Actor.
Arlene Dahl
Wife
Actor. Third wife, married 1954-60.
Esther Williams
Wife
Swimmer, actor. Fourth wife, married 1967.

Bibliography