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Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III

(1917-03-02)March 2, 1917
Died December 2, 1986(1986-12-02) (aged 69)
Del Mar, California, US
Cause of death Lung cancer
Occupation Actor, musician, producer
Years active 1936–1982
  • Lucille Ball
    (m. 1940; div. 1960)
  • Edith Mack Hirsch
    (m. 1963; her death 1985)
  • Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha II (1894–1973)
  • Dolores de Acha (1896–1988)
  • Alberto de Acha (grandfather)

Desi Arnaz (Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban-American movie, stage, television actor, television producer and director, writer, comedians, and musician. He is known for playing Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy.

Arnaz and Lucille Ball co-founded and ran the television production company Desilu Productions, originally to market I Love Lucy to television networks. After I Love Lucy ended, Arnaz went on to produce several other television series, at first with Desilu Productions, and later independently; examples of which included The Ann Sothern Show and The Untouchables.

He was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He was married to Lucille Ball from 1940 until they divorced in 1960. They had a son and daughter, Lucie and Desi Jr. Then he was married to Edith Mack Hirsh from 1963 until her death in 1985.

Arnaz died in Del Mar, California on December 2, 1986 from lung cancer. He was 69 years old.

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