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Desiderio Alberto Arnaz de Acha (Arnaz), III

Spanish: Desiderio Alberto ARNAZ y de Acha, III
Also Known As: "Desi Arnaz", "Desi"
Birthplace: Santiago, Oriente, Cuba
Death: December 02, 1986 (69)
Del Mar, San Diego, California, United States (Lung Cancer)
Place of Burial: Las Cruces, Mexico
Immediate Family:

Son of Desiderio Arnaz II and Dolores "Lolita" Acha de Socías
Husband of Edith Mack Hirsch Arnaz
Ex-husband of Lucille Ball
Father of Private User and Desi Arnaz Jr.
Half brother of Private

Occupation: Actor, musician, producer, Musician-Actor-Producer-Director, Musician
Managed by: Private User
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About Desi Arnaz

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986), better known as Desi Arnaz, was a Cuban-American actor, musician, bandleader, comedian and film, television producer and revolutionary in the creation of modern television. He is best known for his role as the witty Ricky Ricardo on the American television sitcom I Love Lucy, where he co-starred with his then wife Lucille Ball. Arnaz and Ball are generally credited as the innovators of the syndicated rerun, which they pioneered with the I Love Lucy series.

Desi Arnaz

  • Born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III
  • March 2, 1917(1917-03-02)
  • Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Died December 2, 1986(1986-12-02) (aged 69)
  • Del Mar, California, United States
  • Occupation Actor, musician, producer
  • Years active 1936–1982


  • Lucille Ball (1940–1960)
  • Edith Mack Hirsch (1963–1985) (her death) 2 children

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Desi Arnaz (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban musician, actor and television producer.

Desi Arnaz was born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III in Santiago de Cuba to Desiderio Alberto Arnaz (1894-1973) and Dolores de Acha (1896-1988). His father was Santiago's youngest mayor and then served in the Cuban House of Representatives. The 1933 revolution, led by Fulgencio Batista, overthrew the American-backed President Gerardo Machado, landed his father in jail for six months, and stripped his family of its wealth and power. Arnaz's father was released when U.S. officials, who believed him to be neutral during the revolt, intervened on his behalf. Arnaz and his parents then fled to Miami, Florida.

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Desi Arnaz's Timeline

March 2, 1917
Santiago, Oriente, Cuba
- 1936
Age 16
St. Patrick's High, Miami, Florida, United States
April 1, 1940
Age 23
New York, New York, New York, USA
October 15, 1951
Age 34
Desilu Productions, Hollywood, California, United States
December 2, 1986
Age 69
Del Mar, San Diego, California, United States