Cesar Romero born 15 February 1907 (d. 1994)
Cesar Julio Romero, Jr. was a Cuban-American actor. He was born in New York to wealthy Cuban parents and played 'Latin lovers' in films from the 1930s until the 1950s, usually in supporting roles. He starred as Cisco Kid in six westerns made between 1939 and 1941. Romero's Hollywood earnings allowed him to support his large family after his parents lost their sugar import business and suffered losses in the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Romero lived on and off with various family members, especially his sister, for the rest of his life.
Romero's skill at both dancing and comedy can be seen in the classic 20th Century Fox films he starred in opposite Carmen Miranda and Betty Grable, such as A Night in Havana and Springtime in the Rockies, in the 1940s.
Romero served admirably in various capacities in the United States Coast Guard in the Pacific for several years during WWII.
In 1966, Romero achieved icon status when he played The Joker in the Batman television series. He refused to shave his trademark mustache and so it was covered with white makeup when playing the supervillain throughout the series' run. Romero also portrayed The Joker in the spinoff movie version of the show.
Among Romero's guest star work in the 1970s was a recurring role on the western comedy Alias Smith and Jones, starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy. Romero later appeared as Peter Stavros in the television series Falcon Crest (1985-1987).
Romero, who never married despite proposing to at least one woman, was rumoured to be openly gay, according to the more discreet standards of his generation.
He was a mainstay of the Hollywood social circuit until his death in 1994.
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