Gilbert Roland


Actor
Gilbert Roland

About

Also Known As
Luis Antonio Damaso De Alonso
Birth Place
Mexico
Born
December 11, 1905
Died
May 15, 1994

Biography

As a boy in Mexico Gilbert Roland dreamed of being a bullfighter. But when his family moved to the United States his dreams turned to Hollywood and his name changed from Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso to Gilbert Roland, an homage to his favorite performers: John Gilbert and Ruth Roland. As a handsome young man, Roland established his niche early on as a Latin lover, playing opposite silen...

Family & Companions

Constance Bennett
Wife
Actor. First wife, married 1941, divorced 1946.

Biography

As a boy in Mexico Gilbert Roland dreamed of being a bullfighter. But when his family moved to the United States his dreams turned to Hollywood and his name changed from Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso to Gilbert Roland, an homage to his favorite performers: John Gilbert and Ruth Roland. As a handsome young man, Roland established his niche early on as a Latin lover, playing opposite silent screen star Clara Bow in the college-set comedy "The Plastic Age." Many romantic roles followed, as did leading roles in Spanish adaptations of American films. In the 1940s, Roland went from matinee idol to respected actor as he developed the recurring character The Cisco Kid, a heroic but brutal Mexican caballero. The Kid first stepped out in the 1946 action-packed film "The Gay Cavalier." Roland went on to appear in six films as the daring cowboy, his fame rising with each new adventure. In 1953, Roland earned the acclaim he sought when his supporting role in the Vincente Minnelli Hollywood-set romance "The Bad and the Beautiful" garnered him a Golden Globe nod. He'd receive a second nomination in 1964 for his portrayal of Second Lieutenant Scott in the bleak John Ford Western "Cheyenne Autumn." The bold-browed actor worked in film until the early 1980s, appearing in more than 100 movies before his death from cancer at age 88. For his contributions to American cinema, Roland was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Barbarosa (1982)
Caboblanco (1981)
Islands In The Stream (1977)
The Black Pearl (1977)
The Deadly Tower (1975)
Narrator
Deliver Us from Evil (1975)
The Mark of Zorro (1974)
Incident on a Dark Street (1973)
Johnny Hamlet (1972)
Horace/Horatio
The Christian Licorice Store (1971)
Jonathan [J. C. Carruthers]
The Ruthless Four (1969)
Mason
Any Gun Can Play (1968)
Monetero
The Reward (1965)
Captain Carbajal
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Dull Knife
Samar (1962)
Colonel Salazar
Guns of the Timberland (1960)
Monty Welker
The Big Circus (1959)
The aerialist, Zach Colino
The Wild and the Innocent (1959)
[Sheriff] Paul [Bartel]
The Last of the Fast Guns (1958)
Miles Lang
The Midnight Story (1957)
Sylvio Malatesta
Three Violent People (1957)
Innocencio
Bandido (1956)
José Escobar
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Achmed Abdullah
The Treasure of Pancho Villa (1955)
Col. Juan Castro
Underwater! (1955)
Dominic Casada
The Racers (1955)
Dell 'Oro
That Lady (1955)
Antonio Perez
The French Line (1954)
Pierre DuQuesne
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
Mike Petrakis
The Diamond Queen (1953)
Baron Paul de Cabannes
Thunder Bay (1953)
Teche Bossier
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
[Victor] "Gaucho" [Ribera]
The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)
Hugo DaSilva
Apache War Smoke (1952)
Peso [Herrera]
My Six Convicts (1952)
Punch Pinero
Glory Alley (1952)
Peppi Donnato
Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)
Manolo Estrada
The Mark of the Renegade (1951)
Pedro Garcia
Ten Tall Men (1951)
Corporal Luis Delgado
Crisis (1950)
Roland Gonzales
The Torch (1950)
Father Sierra
The Furies (1950)
Juan Herrera
Malaya (1949)
Romano
We Were Strangers (1949)
Guillermo Mantilla
The Dude Goes West (1948)
Pecos Kid
High Conquest (1947)
Hugo Lannier
Riding the California Trail (1947)
The Cisco Kid [also known as Don Luis Salazar]
King of the Bandits (1947)
The Cisco Kid, also known as Chico Villa
Robin Hood of Monterey (1947)
The Cisco Kid
The Other Love (1947)
A croupier
Pirates of Monterey (1947)
Major De Roja
South of Monterey (1946)
The Cisco Kid
Beauty and the Bandit (1946)
The Cisco Kid
The Gay Cavalier (1946)
The Cisco Kid
Captain Kidd (1945)
Jose Lorenzo
Isle of Missing Men (1942)
Dan Curtis
Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (1942)
Paul Gillette
Angels with Broken Wings (1941)
Don Pablo Vincente
My Life with Caroline (1941)
Paco Del Valle
The Sea Hawk (1940)
Captain Lopez
Rangers of Fortune (1940)
Sierra
Gambling on the High Seas (1940)
Greg Morella
Isle of Destiny (1940)
[Oliver] Barton
Juarez (1939)
Col. Miguel Lopez
Gateway (1938)
Tony [Cadona]
La vida bohemia (1938)
Rodolfo
Midnight Taxi (1937)
Flash Dillon
Thunder Trail (1937)
Arizona Dick Ames
The Last Train from Madrid (1937)
Eduardo de Soto
Mystery Woman (1935)
Juan Santanda
Ladies Love Danger (1935)
Richardo Sauchet [Ricardo "Ricky" Alonzo]
Julieta compra un hijo (1935)
Jack Aranda
Elinor Norton (1934)
Rene Alba
Our Betters (1933)
Pepi D'Costa
Gigolettes of Paris (1933)
Antoine "Tony" Ferand
After Tonight (1933)
Captain Rudolph Ritter
Yo, tú y ella (1933)
Gabriel [Villalba]
Una viuda romántica (1933)
Luis Felipe de Córdoba [also known as Prudencio González]
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Serge Stanieff
Life Begins (1932)
Tony
The Passionate Plumber (1932)
Tony Lagorce
The Woman in Room 13 (1932)
Victor LeGrand
Call Her Savage (1932)
Moonglow
Hombres en mi vida (1932)
Jaime Gilman
No Living Witness (1932)
Jerry Bennett
A Parisian Romance (1932)
Victor
Resurrección (1931)
Príncipe Dimitri
Monsieur Le Fox (1930)
Luis [Le Bay]
Men of the North (1930)
Louis
New York Nights (1929)
Fred Deverne
The Woman Disputed (1928)
Paul Hartman
Camille (1927)
Armand
Rose of the Golden West (1927)
Juan
The Love Mart (1927)
Victor Jallot
The Dove (1927)
Johnny Powell
The Campus Flirt (1926)
Graham Stearns
The Blonde Saint (1926)
Annibale
The Plastic Age (1925)
Carl Peters

Writer (Feature Film)

King of the Bandits (1947)
Additional Dialogue
Robin Hood of Monterey (1947)
Additional Dialogue

Cast (Short)

La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935)
Himself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts (1979)
The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966)
Marco

Life Events

Photo Collections

The French Line - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from the 3-D release of The French Line (1954), starring Jane Russell. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Underwater! (1955) - Telling Theresa Johnny (Richard Egan) narrates as he and pal Dom (Gilbert Roland) spring their sunken treasure scheme on Theresa (who turns out to be a Latina Jane Russell), early in producer Howard Hughes' Underwater!, 1955.
Underwater! (1955) - Don't Go Down There! In a big payoff scene, Johnny (Richard Egan) dives to the sunken wreck and Theresa (Jane Russell) finally unveils the red suit (featured in the promotional campaign, seen above-decks for the first time) then gets trapped, in Underwater!, 1955, produced by Howard Hughes.
Miracle Of Our Lady Of Fatima, The (1952) - Miracles Are A Crime The priest (Richard Hale) conducting mass in rural Portugal, ca. 1917, stopped by a government man (Frank Silvera) who’s after Lucia (Susan Whitney), the girl who saw the vision, rescued by her friend Hugo (Gilbert Roland), the smooth-talking irreligious peddler, in The Miracle Of Our Lady Of Fatima, 1952.
Captain Kidd (1945) - Deep Enough To Bury A Man The title character (Charles Laughton) makes an example of Blades (Abner Biberman) as his crew (including John Carradine, Gilbert Roland and Sheldon Leonard) bury loot off Madagascar, in an early scene from Captain Kidd, 1945.
Captain Kidd (1945) - Touched Off The Magazine The title character (Charles Laughton), secretly a pirate, and aide Lorenzo (Gilbert Roland) transfer the nobleman (Lumsden Hare) and daughter (Barbara Britton) and their treasure to their ship, their game soon revealed, the under-cover good guy Mercy (Randolph Scott) worried, in Captain Kidd, 1945.
Captain Kidd (1945) - Opening, Dead Men Don't Talk The opening sequence of director Rowland V. Lee's Captain Kidd, 1945, leads into some historical framing and the title character (Charles Laughton) commenting on dead men keeping secrets.
Cheyenne Autumn (1964) - Only A Footnote In History Trooper Plumtree (Ben Johnson) returns to tell officers Archer (Richard Widmark) and Braden (George O'Brien) and the Quakers (Carroll Baker, Walter Baldwin) the politicians aren't coming, the Cheyenne, (Ricardo Montalban, Gilbert Roland) denied again, in John Ford's Cheyenne Autumn, 1964.
Sea Hawk, The (1940) - Fire On The Uproll! The Albatross under the command of Captain Thorpe (Errol Flynn), with help from Pitt (Alan Hale), Preston (Ellis Irving) et al, makes short work of a Spanish galleon, in Michael Curtiz' The Sea Hawk, 1940.
Glory Alley (1952) - Title Song New Orleans boxer Socks (Ralph Meeker) is leaving to fight in Korea, so this sendoff with pals (John McIntire, Gilbert Roland et al) features a song from his trainer Shadow (Louis Armstrong), also the world’s greatest trumpeter, an original by Mack David and Jay Livingston, in Glory Alley, 1952.
Glory Alley (1952) - Socks Barbarrosa Joining Raoul Walsh’s opening narrated by John McIntire as journalist Gabe, with Ralph Meeker as New Orleans boxer Socks Barbarossa, Gilbert Roland and Louis Armstrong in his corner, Pat Valentino his opponent and Kurt Kasznar his blind friend “The Judge,” in Glory Alley, 1952.
We Were Strangers (1949) - Such Important Hyenas Cuban rebels circa 1933, the "Chief" (Ramon Novarro) introduces Tony (John Garfield), who explains the plan to China (Jennifer Jones), Guillermo (Gilbert Roland) and compadres (David Bond, Wally Cassell, Jose Perez), in John Huston's We Were Strangers, 1949.
We Were Strangers (1949) - Only The Red Clay China (Jennifer Jones) with Cuban-American Tony (John Garfield), who leads fellow rebels (Wally Cassell, David Bond, Gilbert Roland) digging a tunnel beneath her Havana house to plant a bomb, in John Huston's We Were Strangers, 1949.

Trailer

Companions

Constance Bennett
Wife
Actor. First wife, married 1941, divorced 1946.

Bibliography