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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
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

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

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Desi Arnaz Facts
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.

In 1945, after his service in the Army, he found himself $30,000 in debt, mostly due to back taxes. Lucille Ball helped him pay his debt, but due to his pride, considered it a loan, and kept a strict account of the money he owed her.

Once worked as a bird-cage cleaner.

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