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Memory lane: Arnaz siblings discuss their Cuban roots
Memory lane: Arnaz siblings discuss their Cuban roots
Published: 2010/07/12
Channel: Miami Herald
What Are Lucille Ball’s Kids up to Today See What Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr ’s Lives Are Like No
What Are Lucille Ball’s Kids up to Today See What Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr ’s Lives Are Like No
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: life for life
Desi Arnaz Jr. One On One - 1992
Desi Arnaz Jr. One On One - 1992
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: Chronic Nostalgia
Desi Arnaz Jr. and Richard Keith Thibodeaux - Little Ricky
Desi Arnaz Jr. and Richard Keith Thibodeaux - Little Ricky's Combo (1960)
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: Another_Life Phanta00773
Desi Arnez Jr. Interview
Desi Arnez Jr. Interview
Published: 2012/02/01
Channel: Dennis Hunt
Lucie Arnaz on her brother Desi Arnaz, Jr. and growing up in Beverly Hills - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Lucie Arnaz on her brother Desi Arnaz, Jr. and growing up in Beverly Hills - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
Lucie Arnaz on her brother Desi Arnaz, Jr. and growing up in Beverly Hills - EMMYTVLEGENDS
Lucie Arnaz on her brother Desi Arnaz, Jr. and growing up in Beverly Hills - EMMYTVLEGENDS
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: Chris King
'Password' Lucille Ball, Gary Morton, Desi Arnaz Jr , Lucie Arnaz
Published: 2016/05/28
Channel: Leticia ESSER
Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. joking about dad Desi Sr.
Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. joking about dad Desi Sr.
Published: 2007/07/19
Channel: lillyjon71
Linda Purl in Concert with Desi Arnaz Jr.
Linda Purl in Concert with Desi Arnaz Jr.
Published: 2007/07/25
Channel: tvnowtony
Desi Jr Brady Bunch
Desi Jr Brady Bunch
Published: 2014/12/22
Channel: DzzDiva
Desi Arnaz Jr.: Short Biography, Net Worth & Career Highlights
Desi Arnaz Jr.: Short Biography, Net Worth & Career Highlights
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: Celebrity Net Worth
Having Babies (part 6 of 13)
Having Babies (part 6 of 13)
Published: 2009/04/12
Channel: HavingBabies
The Arnaz Family
The Arnaz Family
Published: 2010/12/23
Channel: AfterTheWind
Marie Osmond   Desi Arnaz Jr
Marie Osmond Desi Arnaz Jr
Published: 2011/08/09
Channel: DL Minier
Desi Arnaz Jr. & Lucie Arnaz:  on eating Cuban food
Desi Arnaz Jr. & Lucie Arnaz: on eating Cuban food
Published: 2010/07/10
Channel: Miami Herald
Lucie & Desi Arnaz JR Interview with Bill Boggs
Lucie & Desi Arnaz JR Interview with Bill Boggs
Published: 2013/01/04
Channel: BillBoggsTV
The Mothers-In-Law - Desi Arnaz - Straw Hat Song
The Mothers-In-Law - Desi Arnaz - Straw Hat Song
Published: 2011/01/08
Channel: alphacontrol
Keith Thibodeaux on Desi Arnaz, Jr. - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Keith Thibodeaux on Desi Arnaz, Jr. - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
Desi Arnaz Del Mar Home
Desi Arnaz Del Mar Home
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Rusting Relics
Lucy
Lucy's birthday Lucie arnaz and desi Jr arnaz sings to her at the ecadmey awards
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: Ouatlover Itslita
Desi Arnaz Jr.
Desi Arnaz Jr.
Published: 2016/02/09
Channel: HollywoodInsights
Here
Here's Lucy (lucille ball, lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr)
Published: 2018/01/22
Channel: sophia7gr
Lucie Arnaz on the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz divorce
Lucie Arnaz on the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz divorce
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
Desi Arnaz Jr in Billy Two Hats 1974
Desi Arnaz Jr in Billy Two Hats 1974
Published: 2016/08/29
Channel: VINTAGE ORIGINAL MOVIE STILLS
The Mambo Kings
The Mambo Kings
Published: 2013/06/01
Channel: Doug Barron
RARE LUCY PHOTOS!!--With Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr and Gary Morton! (I Love Lucy)
RARE LUCY PHOTOS!!--With Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr and Gary Morton! (I Love Lucy)
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: rick nineg
HAPPY BIRTHDAY  DESI ARNAZ JR!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESI ARNAZ JR!
Published: 2009/01/19
Channel: Jaime Vermeulen
Lonnie Senstock
Lonnie Senstock
Published: 2015/04/17
Channel: Lonnie Senstock
Desi Arnaz On What
Desi Arnaz On What's My Line?
Published: 2011/07/14
Channel: TheAQHAgal
Dino Desi Billy
Dino Desi Billy
Published: 2016/04/13
Channel: prairieboy66
Dino, Desi & Billy - "Not The Lovin
Dino, Desi & Billy - "Not The Lovin' Kind"
Published: 2016/07/02
Channel: CabinFeverReliever
Lucille Ball Betty White Dick Martin and Desi Arnaz Jr play Password Plus
Lucille Ball Betty White Dick Martin and Desi Arnaz Jr play Password Plus
Published: 2012/08/14
Channel: love4myclarks7
Marie Osmond Duets #1 (Desi Arnaz Jr., Andy Gibb, Tom Jones & Mac Davis)
Marie Osmond Duets #1 (Desi Arnaz Jr., Andy Gibb, Tom Jones & Mac Davis)
Published: 2010/05/30
Channel: DavEvans066
Lucie & Desi Arnaz Jr.2
Lucie & Desi Arnaz Jr.2
Published: 2008/02/05
Channel: amanda0205078
DINO ♥ DESI ARNAZ, JR. ♥ & BILLY ♥ "If You
DINO ♥ DESI ARNAZ, JR. ♥ & BILLY ♥ "If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin"
Published: 2012/08/08
Channel: Beatles❤Girl
DARLING PRESLEY visits DESI ARNAZ JR.
DARLING PRESLEY visits DESI ARNAZ JR.'s McDonalds at DEL MAR
Published: 2009/09/05
Channel: darlingpresleyrocks
Two Ricky Ricardos
Two Ricky Ricardos
Published: 2007/09/16
Channel: beehoneybumble
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESI ARNAZ JR
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESI ARNAZ JR
Published: 2013/01/19
Channel: Jaime Vermeulen
Bedtime Stories with Ricky Ricardo
Bedtime Stories with Ricky Ricardo
Published: 2010/01/16
Channel: ILoveLucyFan1000
Lucie and Desi Arnaz Jr. Opening
Lucie and Desi Arnaz Jr. Opening
Published: 2009/05/10
Channel: amanda0205078
Donny & Marie Show guest Desi Arnaz Jr.
Donny & Marie Show guest Desi Arnaz Jr.
Published: 2006/10/07
Channel: 512R1H4
Desi Arnaz Tribute with Little Ricky and Mary Jane Croft
Desi Arnaz Tribute with Little Ricky and Mary Jane Croft
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: rerunr
Advice to the Lovelorn (TV Movie 1981)Melissa Sue Anderson,Desi Arnaz Jr
Advice to the Lovelorn (TV Movie 1981)Melissa Sue Anderson,Desi Arnaz Jr
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: Truetv Movies1
Entire Donny & Marie Osmond Show With Danny Thomas, Desi Arnaz Jr. & Ruth Buzzi
Entire Donny & Marie Osmond Show With Danny Thomas, Desi Arnaz Jr. & Ruth Buzzi
Published: 2013/02/08
Channel: DavEvans066
Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. on City Hall
Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. on City Hall
Published: 2010/08/23
Channel: HecPupo
DESI ARNAZ JR
DESI ARNAZ JR
Published: 2010/06/21
Channel: Jaime Vermeulen
Desi Arnaz Obituary
Desi Arnaz Obituary
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: watchginotv
Lucie Arnaz
Lucie Arnaz's Screen Test for "Yours, Mine & Ours" (1968)
Published: 2016/05/25
Channel: Patrick Gallagher
Desi Arnaz and Jimmy Durante
Desi Arnaz and Jimmy Durante
Published: 2011/05/27
Channel: LimeVid
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Desi Arnaz Jr.
Desi Arnaz Jr 1974.jpg
Desi Arnaz Jr. in 1974
Born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV
(1953-01-19) January 19, 1953 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1957–present
Spouse(s)
  • Linda Purl
    (m. 1980; div. 1981)
  • Amy Laura Bargiel
    (m. 1987; d. 2015)
Children 2
Parent(s) Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball
Relatives Lucie Arnaz (sister)
Fred Ball (maternal uncle)
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz II (paternal grandfather)

Desi Arnaz Jr. (born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV; January 19, 1953) is an American actor and musician. He is the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

Early life[edit]

Arnaz is a native of Los Angeles, California. His older sister is actress Lucie Arnaz, who was born in 1951.

His birth was one of the most publicized in television history. His parents were the stars of the television sitcom I Love Lucy, and Ball's pregnancy was part of the storyline, which was considered daring then. The same day Lucy gave birth to Desi Jr., the fictional Lucy Ricardo gave birth to "Little Ricky". As a testament to how interested the American public was in Lucy's TV baby, Arnaz appeared on the cover on the very first issue of TV Guide with a title that read: "Lucy's $50,000,000 baby." The reason he was given this title was because revenue from certain tie-in commitments were expected to top that mark.[1]

Career[edit]

At age 12, Arnaz was a drummer with Dino, Desi, & Billy. The others were Dean Paul Martin (son of Dean Martin) and Billy Hinsche. The band scored two hit singles with "I'm a Fool" and "Not The Lovin' Kind" in 1965.

Acting[edit]

From 1968 to 1974, Desi Arnaz and his sister Lucie played opposite their mother in Here's Lucy as her children. In 1970, he appeared on The Brady Bunch episode "The Possible Dream".

In 1974, Arnaz played the title role in the Western movie Billy Two Hats with Gregory Peck. In 1976, he appeared on two episodes of the television series, The Streets of San Francisco. Arnaz also appeared in a 1976 episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by both Desi Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., the younger Arnaz played Ricky Ricardo and Gilda Radner played Lucy in spoofs of supposed ill-fated pilots for I Love Lucy.

In 1977, he was the lead in the film Joyride opposite fellow children of famous actors Melanie Griffith, Robert Carradine and Anne Lockhart. Arnaz attended University High School in West Los Angeles. Arnaz's acting extended into the late 1980s with various appearances on television, and a leading role in the series Automan, which ran from 1983 to 1984.

Arnaz, his mother Lucille Ball, and his sister Lucie in Here's Lucy, 1968.
Karl Malden and Arnaz on TV's The Streets of San Francisco, 1976.
Boulder Theatre

In 1992, He played his father in the movie The Mambo Kings, based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, that he felt treated his father with respect. The film includes a scene in which Desi Jr., playing his father's character Ricky Ricardo, acts opposite his mother as Lucy Ricardo with film from the TV series intercut with the cast.

Later[edit]

In 1997, Arnaz purchased the Boulder Theatre and brought it back to life after being on the brink of extinction.

Between 1998 and 2010, he was touring with a new configuration of Dino, Desi & Billy called Ricci, Desi & Billy, featuring Arnaz reunited with Billy Hinsche, and joined by Ricci Martin (youngest son of Dean Martin). The group performs original material as well as the songs the original band performed.[2]

From about 2002 to 2007, he was vice-president of the board of Directors of the Lucille Ball–Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New York. He resigned over a dispute with the executive director over the center.[3][4]

In 2007, Arnaz appeared at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards with his sister Lucie to accept the Legacy of Laughter award posthumously given to their mother.

Arnaz has also headlined Babalu: A Celebration of the Music of Desi Arnaz and his Orchestra with Lucie Arnaz, Raul Esparza and Valarie Pettiford.[5]

On October 15, 2011, Arnaz performed in Babalu at the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. The performance was in conjunction with the Library's Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Collection.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Arnaz has a daughter, Julia Arnaz, from a relationship with a model when he was 15 years old; Julia's relationship to Desi Jr. was proven by a paternity test in 1991.[7][8]

Arnaz dated actress Patty Duke when he was 17 and she was 23. The relationship became tabloid news and his mother did not approve of them together. After they broke up, writer and music producer Michael Tell offered to marry Duke as a way out of the scandal. Their marriage lasted only 13 days, and when Duke became pregnant, she would later tell her son, Sean Astin, that Arnaz was his biological father. Arnaz and Astin developed a close relationship, although genetic tests later revealed that Tell was his father. He said, "I can call any of them on the phone any time I want to," says Sean. "John, Desi, Mike or Papa Mike...my four dads."[9] (Michael Pearce, Duke's husband after Astin, was his step-father)

Arnaz was married to actress Linda Purl from 1980-1981.[10] On October 8, 1987, Arnaz married Amy Laura Bargiel.[11] They lived in Boulder City, Nevada, with their daughter, and own the Boulder Theatre, a cinema converted into a theatre and home to the Boulder City Ballet Company.[12]

Desi's wife Amy died in 2015, at age 63 of cancer.[13] Both Desi and Amy were followers of Vernon Howard and attended meetings of Vernon's New Life Foundation in Boulder City.[14]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrews, Bart (1976). Lucy and Ricky and Fred and Ethel. Toronto and Vancouver: Clarke, Irvin & Company Limited. p. 81. 
  2. ^ Ricci, Desi & Billy Archived July 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Fanelli, P. (2007), "Lucie, Desi Jr. Depart with Clark, Rapaport; Spots Filled with Locals", Jamestown Post–Journal (5 December) Archived September 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ SaveLucyDesiCenter.org
  5. ^ "Review-Desi Arnaz tribute 'Babalu' sizzles at the Arsht". Miami Herald. Associated Press. July 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-17. [dead link]
  6. ^ Library of Congress Announces 2011-2012 Concert Season
  7. ^ Mangan, Dan (September 2, 2008). "I love Lucy & Desi – because they were my secret grandparents, woman claims". New York Post. 
  8. ^ "Angela Carella: A clue in claim of 'lost' Lucy granddaughter". Stamford Advocate (online ed.). Stamford, Connecticut. September 13, 2011. Retrieved 2018-01-04. 
  9. ^ "Sean Astin's Childhood With Patty Duke". ABC News. July 31, 2004.
  10. ^ "Linda Purl Biography (1955–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ [Nevada Marriage Index, 1956–2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007]
  12. ^ Boulder Theatre in Boulder City
  13. ^ Lucille Ball's daughter-in-law, Amy Arnaz DEAD at 63 (Exclusive)., GoodHollywood, retrieved January 29, 2015 
  14. ^ CHAWKINS, STEVE (1988-05-05). "New Age Prophet Offers Mystic Road Map to Inner Bliss". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 

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