Xavier Cugat

Bandleader, Cartoonist
Spanish-born band leader who popularized the Latin beat in the US through nightclub and film appearances with his band, the Gigolos, and a succession of sultry songstress-wives. Performing well into his 80s, he is best ... Read more »
Born: 01/01/1900 in Spain

Filmography

Music (17)

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl 2008 (Movie)

("My Shawl") (Song Performer)

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl 2008 (Movie)

("My Shawl") (Song)

My Kid Could Paint That 2007 (Movie)

("Brazil") (Song Performer)

Little Man 2006 (Movie)

("Up Up & Away") (Song Performer)

The Matador 2005 (Movie)

("(Yo Te Amo Mucho) And That's That") (Song)

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

("One Mint Julep (Cha-Cha Twist)") (Song Performer)

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

("Cugi's Cocktails (Hully-Gully Cha Cah)") (Song Performer)

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss 1998 (Movie)

("Cuban Love Song" "Frenesi") (Song Performer)

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

("Cuban Mambo") (Song)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

("One, Two, Three, Kick") (Song Performer)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Tiger By the Tail 1969 (Movie)

lyrics("Let's Drink Friends") (Theme Lyrics)

Donatella 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

The Americano 1954 (Movie)

("The Americano") (Music Conductor)

The Americano 1954 (Movie)

("The Americano") (Music)

Routes of Rhythm With Harry Belafonte (TV Show)

Song Performer

Viva Baseball (TV Show)

Song
Actor (17)

Entertaining the Troops 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Phynx 1969 (Movie)

Xavier Cugat (Actor)

The Eddy Duchin Story 1956 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Donatella 1955 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lo Scapolo 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

Go West, Young Man 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Date with Judy (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bathing Beauty (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Holiday in Mexico (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Luxury Liner (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Neptune's Daughter (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

On an Island with You (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

This Time for Keeps (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Thrill of a Romance (Movie)

(Actor)

Two Girls and a Sailor (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Weekend at the Waldorf (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

You Were Never Lovelier (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Spanish-born band leader who popularized the Latin beat in the US through nightclub and film appearances with his band, the Gigolos, and a succession of sultry songstress-wives. Performing well into his 80s, he is best known among the younger generation as the former husband of singer Charo.

Relationships

Charo Actor

Wife

Lorraine Allen

Wife

Carmen Castillo Director

Wife

Abbe Lane Actor

Wife

Rita Montaner Song Performer

Wife

Milestones

1986

Formed new 16-piece band and toured Spain

1978

Retired as bandleader and returned to Spain

1928

Debut as bandleader at Hollywood's Cocoanut Grove

1915

Became American citizen

1912

Came to the United States as violinist

Moved to Hollywood where he drew caricatures of movie stars for the Los Angeles Times

Accompanied Rudolf Valentino as musician for silent film

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