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Desi Arnaz Overview:

Legendary actor, Desi Arnaz, was born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y De Acha III on Mar 2, 1917 in Santiago, Cuba. Arnaz died at the age of 69 on Dec 2, 1986 in Del Mar, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered .

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures. In addition, Arnaz was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame and was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 1999. Arnaz was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Desi Arnaz Film Quotes
Lorenzo Xavier Vega: Millie is a load of hay, a breed of cat that's dyin', and deserves to die.
-- Desi Arnaz as Lorenzo Xavier Vega

Nicholas Collini: It's a fine thing when you come home to your home and your home is gone!
-- Desi Arnaz as Nicholas Collini

Nicholas Collini: [narrating] It was a matter of what would give out first: me or the money.
-- Desi Arnaz as Nicholas Collini

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Desi Arnaz Facts
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 25-26. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

In 1950, along with wife Lucille Ball, in an effort to find a way to work together, formed a production company with $5,000 of their own money, naming it 'Desilu' which is what they had named their ranch in Chatsworth, California. He remained president of the company until selling his interest to his ex-wife in 1962 for $3 million.

In his 1985 will, he left a $250,000 trust fund for the benefit of his mother, who survived him.

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