Cesar Romero

Actor, Dancer
He charmed his way into Hollywood's inner circle as "the Latin from Manhattan," but his fellow contract players at 20th Century Fox knew him as Butch, an ironic nickname poking fun at the reality that Cesar Romero would ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1907 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (105)

Carmen Miranda: The South American Way 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Dame Edna's Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Edna Time 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack's Place 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Mulberry Street 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Judgment Day 1988 (Movie)

Octavio (Actor)

Mortuary Academy 1988 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Simple Justice 1988 (Movie)

Vincenzo DiLorenzo (Actor)

The 12th Annual Circus of the Stars 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Flesh and Bullets 1984 (Movie)

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Lust in the Dust 1984 (Movie)

Father Garcia (Actor)

The Rainbow Girl 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Chico and the Man 1973 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Push, I'll Charge When I'm Ready 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Kino, the Padre on Horseback 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Strongest Man in the World 1974 (Movie)

A J Arno (Actor)

Timber Tramps 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Spectre Of Edgar Allan Poe 1973 (Movie)

Dr Grimalda (Actor)

Now You See Him, Now You Don't 1972 (Movie)

A J Arno (Actor)

The Proud and the Damned 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes 1970 (Movie)

A J Arno (Actor)

A Run on Gold 1969 (Movie)

Adero (Actor)

Crooks and Coronets 1969 (Movie)

Nick Marco (Actor)

Madigan's Millions 1969 (Movie)

Mike Madigan (Actor)

The Red, White and Black 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hot Millions 1968 (Movie)

Customs Inspector (Actor)

How to Make It 1968 (Movie)

Lieutenant George Duval (Actor)

Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

Hechy (Actor)

Batman: The Movie 1966 (Movie)

The Joker (Actor)

Two on a Guillotine 1965 (Movie)

John "Duke" Duquesne (Actor)

Marriage on the Rocks 1964 (Movie)

Miguel Santos (Actor)

Sergeant Deadhead 1964 (Movie)

Adm Stoneham (Actor)

A House Is Not a Home 1963 (Movie)

Lucky Luciano (Actor)

Donovan's Reef 1963 (Movie)

Marquis Andre de Lage (Actor)

The Castilian 1963 (Movie)

Jeronimo (Actor)

If a Man Answers 1961 (Movie)

Robert Swan (Actor)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

Duke Santos (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Villa! 1958 (Movie)

Fierro Lopez (Actor)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

Spanish Envoy (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Henchman (Actor)

Entertainment 1955 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

The Americano 1954 (Movie)

Manoel (Actor)

The Racers 1954 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Vera Cruz 1954 (Movie)

Marquis De Labordere (Actor)

The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend 1949 (Movie)

Blackie Jobero (Actor)

A Gentleman at Heart 1941 (Movie)

Tony Miller (Actor)

Springtime in the Rockies 1941 (Movie)

Victor Prince (Actor)

Tall, Dark and Handsome 1940 (Movie)

J.J. 'Shep' Morrison (Actor)

Wee Willie Winkie 1936 (Movie)

Khoda Khan (Actor)

The Devil Is a Woman 1934 (Movie)

Antonio Galvan (Actor)

The Good Fairy 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Thin Man 1933 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Adam West: Behind the Cowl (TV Show)

Actor

Always Goodbye (Movie)

Count Giovanni Corini (Actor)

Armored Car (Movie)

Petack (Actor)

Banacek (TV Show)

Actor

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Berrenger's (TV Show)

Actor

British Agent (Movie)

Tito Del Val (Actor)

Captain from Castile (Movie)

Hernando Cortez (Actor)

Cardinal Richelieu (Movie)

Andre de Pons (Actor)

Carnival in Costa Rica (Movie)

Pepe Castro (Actor)

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (Movie)

Fred Rhadini (Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Clive of India (Movie)

Mir Jaffar (Actor)

Coney Island (Movie)

Joe Rocco (Actor)

Dance Hall (Movie)

Duke McKay (Actor)

Dangerously Yours (Movie)

Victor Morell (Actor)

Deep Waters (Movie)

Joe Sanger (Actor)

Diamond Jim (Movie)

Jerry Richardson (Actor)

Five of a Kind (Movie)

Duke Lester (Actor)

Frontier Marshal (Movie)

Doc Holliday (Actor)

Happy Go Lovely (Movie)

John Frost (Actor)

Happy Landing (Movie)

Duke Sargent (Actor)

He Married His Wife (Movie)

Freddie (Actor)

Hold 'em Yale (Movie)

Gigolo Georgie (Actor)

Julia Misbehaves (Movie)

Fred Gennochio (Actor)

Love Before Breakfast (Movie)

Bill Wadsworth (Actor)

Love That Brute (Movie)

Pretty Willie (Actor)

Once a Thief (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

Orchestra Wives (Movie)

Sinjin (Actor)

Public Enemy's Wife (Movie)

Gene Maroc (Actor)

She's Dangerous (Movie)

Nick Shelton (Actor)

Show Them No Mercy! (Movie)

Tobey (Actor)

Strange Wives (Movie)

Boris (Actor)

Tales of Manhattan (Movie)

Harry Wilson (Actor)

That Lady in Ermine (Movie)

Mario (Actor)

The Cisco Kid and the Lady (Movie)

Cisco Kid (Actor)

The Great American Broadcast (Movie)

Bruce Chadwick (Actor)

The Jungle (Movie)

Rama Singh (Actor)

The Little Princess (Movie)

Ram Dass (Actor)

The Lost Continent (Movie)

Maj. Joe Nolan (Actor)

The Return of the Cisco Kid (Movie)

Lopez (Actor)

Weekend in Havana (Movie)

Monte Blanca (Actor)

Wintertime (Movie)

Brad Barton (Actor)

Biography

He charmed his way into Hollywood's inner circle as "the Latin from Manhattan," but his fellow contract players at 20th Century Fox knew him as Butch, an ironic nickname poking fun at the reality that Cesar Romero would never play the boy next door. Of Cuban and Italian descent, Romero proved himself a dependable movie exotic, as Marlene Dietrich's Spanish lover in "The Devil is a Woman" (1935), an East Indian rebel chief in "Wee Willie Winkie" (1937) with Shirley Temple, and Mexican pistolero The Cisco Kid in a string of Westerns. Popular before World War II in such Technicolor musicals as "Springtime in the Rockies" (1942) and "Coney Island" (1943) with Betty Grable, Romero transitioned easily from military service back to his duties as a character player, with occasional sidebars as a leading man in low budget independent programmers. As his pomaded hair and pencil mustache lightened to baronial platinum, Romero subspecialized in playing members of Europe's aristocratic diaspora, most memorably in Robert Aldrich's "Vera Cruz" (1954) and John Ford's "Donovan's Reef" (1963). A late career makeover came with his casting as the clown-faced Joker on ABC's "Batman" (1966-68), on which he peppered the Dynamic Duo with a fusillade of punishing practical jokes. Romero remained popular on television over the next 20 years, and enjoyed semi-regular status as a Greek billionaire on the primetime soap "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990), before his death in 1994 brought an end to the distinguished career of one of Hollywood's most valuable players.

Relationships

Maria Mantilla

Mother

Jose Marti

Grandfather
famed Cuban liberator

Cesar Romero

Father

Eduoardo Romero

Brother
survived him

Milestones

1989

Last feature films, "Judgment Day" and "Simple Justice"

1968

Hosted the syndicated documentary TV special, "Cesar's World"

1963

Played leading role in the U.S.-Spanish co-production, "El valle de las espadas/The Castilian"

1954

Starred as Steve McQuinn in the syndicated TV adventure series, "Passport to Danger"

1951

Went to England to act in support of David Niven and Vera-Ellen in "Happy Go Lovely"

1950

Last film for Fox, "Love That Brute"; began freelancing

1947

First films after wartime service, "Carnival in Costa Rica" and "The Captain from Castile"

1942

Last film before enlisting in the military, "Wintertime", opposite skating star Sonja Henie

1939

Made the first of half a dozen pictures over the next three years as the Cisco Kid, "The Cisco Kid and the Lady"

1937

Had been lent out to 20th Century-Fox for several films; when Universal refused to raise his salary, Romero signed with Fox

1934

MGM lent Romero out a bit (e.g. To Warner Brothers for "British Agent" 1934) before cancelling his contract

1934

Film debut, "The Thin Man"

1930

Discovered dancing in the Montmartre Nightclub in Manhattan by producer Brock Pemberton; hired as a replacement for the leading actor in the hit stage comedy "Strictly Dishonorable", written by Preston Sturges

1927

Danced with Higgins in the musical comedy, "Lady Do"; also danced with her and other partners in nightclubs and vaudeville (date approximate)

1926

Met heiress Lisbeth Higgins at a fancy party; after dating and dancing together regularly, she suggested they form a dance team (date approximate)

Played the recurring role of the Joker in the ABC adventure series, "Batman"

Served in the Coast Guard during WWII; was stationed in the Pacific and involved in military action during the invasions of Tinian and Saipan (dates approximate)

Played Peter Stavros on primetime soap, "Falcon Crest"

Romero's father found him a job at a bank on Wall Street after the family lost its fortune with the collapse of the sugar market in the early Depression years

Recorded an album in the early 1960s, "Songs from a Spanish Lover"

Played four roles in a production of "The Merchant of Venice" while at boarding school

Hosted the ABC variety show, "Your Chevrolet Showroom"

Played leads in a number of low-budget actioners made by Lippert Pictures

Under contract to 20th Century-Fox

Under contract to Universal

Acted in other Broadway plays including "Social Register", "Stella Brady", "All Points West" and "Dinner at Eight" (date approximate)

Appeared as a panelist on the ABC game show, "Take a Good Look"

Played the recurring role of Chico's (Freddie Prinze) father on the NBC comedy series, "Chico and the Man" in the mid-70s

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