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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
Tacy: What happened?
Nicholas Collini: Oh nothing, I just cracked my skull.
-- 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

Tacy: Get that check back. I was going to get us a deepfreeze.
Nicholas Collini: [gesturing to the in-laws staring coldly at them] You're getting a deepfreeze right now.
-- Desi Arnaz as Nicholas Collini

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Desi Arnaz Facts
His grandfather was one of the original partners in the Bacardi Rum company.

Is portrayed by Maurice Benard in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991) (TV)

According to Mafia boss turned government informant Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno in his book "The Last Mafioso", several top members of the Chicago Mafia family were furious about the portrayal of Italians in general and the Mafia in particular in "The Untouchables" (1959), of which Arnaz was executive producer, and put out a contract on his life. Several mob hitmen hid in the bushes and behind trees outside his house one night after having been tipped off that he was on his way home and were going to shoot him when he pulled into his driveway, but for some unknown reason Arnaz never came home that night. The killers were supposed to come back again and wait for him the next night, but in the meantime cooler heads prevailed and the murder plot was called off. Arnaz apparently never found out how close he came to being murdered.

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