Gilbert Roland (1905 - 1994)

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Birthplace: Mexico
Death: Died in Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Cause of death: Cancer
Managed by: Ric Dickinson
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About Gilbert Roland

Gilbert Roland (December 11, 1905 – May 15, 1994) was a Mexican-born American film actor. Private Gilbert Roland served in the U.S. armed forces in World War 2.

He was born Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico and originally intended to become a bullfighter like his father. When the family moved to the United States, however, he became interested in acting when he was picked at random for a role as an extra. He chose his screen name by combining the names of his favorite actors, John Gilbert and Ruth Roland. He was often cast in the typical "Latin Lover" role.

Roland's first major role was as one of Clara Bow's love interests in the collegiate comedy The Plastic Age (1925). In 1927, he played Armand in Camille opposite Norma Talmadge, with whom he was romantically linked. He starred opposite Talmadge in several films, until sound ended her career. Roland's strong masculine voice assured that his own career continued. He starred in several Spanish language adaptations of American films and continued as a romantic lead.

Beginning in the 1940s, critics began to take notice of his acting and he was praised for his supporting roles in John Huston's We Were Strangers (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Thunder Bay (1953), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). He also appeared in a series of films in the mid 1940s as the popular character "The Cisco Kid". He played Hugo, the agnostic (and totally fictional) friend of the three shepherd children in The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, based on the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. In 1953 he starred in the epic Beneath the 12-Mile Reef as Greek-American sponge diver Mike Petrakis. His last film appearance was in the 1982 Western Barbarosa.

Roland was married to actress Constance Bennett from 1941 to 1946. His second marriage, to Guillermina Cantú in 1954, lasted until his death forty years later.

Roland was nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award - for his roles in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). For his contributions to the motion picture industry, Gilbert Roland has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6730 Hollywood Blvd.

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Gilbert Roland's Timeline

1905
December 11, 1905
Mexico
1941
1941
Age 35
1946
1946
Age 40
1994
May 15, 1994
Age 88
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
1994
Age 88
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