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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
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
Desi Arnez Jr. Interview
Desi Arnez Jr. Interview
Published: 2012/02/01
Channel: Dennis Hunt
Lucie & Desi Arnaz JR Interview with Bill Boggs
Lucie & Desi Arnaz JR Interview with Bill Boggs
Published: 2013/01/04
Channel: BillBoggsTV
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 Arnaz Jr. & Lucie Arnaz:  on eating Cuban food
Desi Arnaz Jr. & Lucie Arnaz: on eating Cuban food
Published: 2010/07/10
Channel: Miami Herald
Ann-Margret and Desi Arnaz Jr. "Country Magic" (Here
Ann-Margret and Desi Arnaz Jr. "Country Magic" (Here's Lucy) 1970 [Remastered]
Published: 2016/03/28
Channel: Scott Rogers
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
Marie Osmond   Desi Arnaz Jr
Marie Osmond Desi Arnaz Jr
Published: 2011/08/09
Channel: DL Minier
Keith Thibodeaux on Desi Arnaz, Jr. - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Keith Thibodeaux on Desi Arnaz, Jr. - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
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
Donny & Marie Osmond Show W/ Danny Thomas, Desi Arnaz Jr. & Ruth Buzzi
Donny & Marie Osmond Show W/ Danny Thomas, Desi Arnaz Jr. & Ruth Buzzi
Published: 2016/11/19
Channel: kaartigan govindasamy
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
Desi Jr Brady Bunch
Desi Jr Brady Bunch
Published: 2014/12/22
Channel: DzzDiva
HAPPY BIRTHDAY  DESI ARNAZ JR!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESI ARNAZ JR!
Published: 2009/01/19
Channel: Jaime Vermeulen
Lucy
Lucy's birthday Lucie arnaz and desi Jr arnaz sings to her at the ecadmey awards
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: Lita Rauch
DINO, DESI AND BILLY - 1967 - "What A Shame"
DINO, DESI AND BILLY - 1967 - "What A Shame"
Published: 2014/01/22
Channel: GoldenGreatsOldies24
#574) A WEDDING (1978)
#574) A WEDDING (1978)
Published: 2010/05/11
Channel: MADWORLD1427
Lonnie Senstock
Lonnie Senstock
Published: 2015/04/17
Channel: Lonnie Senstock
The Mothers-In-Law - Desi Arnaz - Straw Hat Song
The Mothers-In-Law - Desi Arnaz - Straw Hat Song
Published: 2011/01/08
Channel: alphacontrol
Linda Purl in Concert with Desi Arnaz Jr.
Linda Purl in Concert with Desi Arnaz Jr.
Published: 2007/07/25
Channel: tvnowtony
The Mambo Kings
The Mambo Kings
Published: 2013/06/01
Channel: Doug Barron
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
THE DEATH OF A STAR: DESI ARNAZ
THE DEATH OF A STAR: DESI ARNAZ
Published: 2013/04/25
Channel: SuperDuperVision
'Babalu' celebrates Desi Arnaz's musical legacy
Published: 2010/07/07
Channel: Miami Herald
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
Desi Arnaz Jr. - Early lifeEdit
Desi Arnaz Jr. - Early lifeEdit
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: ai.pictures
Boulder City and the Passing of Miss Amy
Boulder City and the Passing of Miss Amy
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: tourtalktv
CBS Television
CBS Television's 20th Century Foundation - Desi Arnaz & Lucille Ball
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: TelevisionVanguard
Desi Arnaz Del Mar Home
Desi Arnaz Del Mar Home
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Rusting Relics
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESI ARNAZ JR
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESI ARNAZ JR
Published: 2012/01/19
Channel: Jaime Vermeulen
'Password' Lucille Ball, Gary Morton, Desi Arnaz Jr , Lucie Arnaz
Published: 2016/05/28
Channel: Leticia ESSER
DESI ARNAZ JR
DESI ARNAZ JR
Published: 2010/06/21
Channel: Jaime Vermeulen
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESI ARNAZ JR
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESI ARNAZ JR
Published: 2013/01/19
Channel: Jaime Vermeulen
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
Lucy and Desi playing with kids and grandson
Lucy and Desi playing with kids and grandson
Published: 2007/07/19
Channel: beehoneybumble
Lucie & Desi Arnaz Jr. 4
Lucie & Desi Arnaz Jr. 4
Published: 2008/02/20
Channel: amanda0205078
She Lives! 1973
She Lives! 1973
Published: 2013/04/07
Channel: wilsonr58
A Very Brady Catch
A Very Brady Catch
Published: 2008/01/19
Channel: LoryLandskipper
DARLING PRESLEY visits DESI ARNAZ JR.
DARLING PRESLEY visits DESI ARNAZ JR.'s McDonalds at DEL MAR
Published: 2009/09/05
Channel: darlingpresleyrocks
She Lives! - Circle - Desi Arnaz Jr & Season Hubley
She Lives! - Circle - Desi Arnaz Jr & Season Hubley
Published: 2012/07/15
Channel: wilsonr58
Lucie & Desi Arnaz Jr.2
Lucie & Desi Arnaz Jr.2
Published: 2008/02/05
Channel: amanda0205078
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour- Rick, Little Ricky, And Maurice C
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour- Rick, Little Ricky, And Maurice C
Published: 2007/04/02
Channel: chaunceyda2nd
NORMAN LEAR SPECIAL - I Love Liberty Skit With PATTY DUKE ASTIN, DESI ARNAZ JR, DICK VAN PATTEN, LEVAR BURTON, MICHAEL HORSE 1982
NORMAN LEAR SPECIAL - I Love Liberty Skit With PATTY DUKE ASTIN, DESI ARNAZ JR, DICK VAN PATTEN, LEVAR BURTON, MICHAEL HORSE 1982
Published: 2008/11/25
Channel: PattyDukeTheatre
Profiles Featuring  Lucie Arnaz
Profiles Featuring Lucie Arnaz
Published: 2013/12/23
Channel: PROFILES Featuring Mickey Burns
Here
Here's Lucy
Published: 2012/02/27
Channel: American Profile
Lucie & Desi Arnaz Jr.
Lucie & Desi Arnaz Jr.
Published: 2008/01/13
Channel: amanda0205078
Desi Arnaz On What
Desi Arnaz On What's My Line?
Published: 2011/07/14
Channel: TheAQHAgal
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICKY RICARDO JR
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICKY RICARDO JR
Published: 2013/01/19
Channel: Jaime Vermeulen
Lucie & Desi Arnaz Jr.6
Lucie & Desi Arnaz Jr.6
Published: 2008/03/08
Channel: amanda0205078
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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 64)
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; her death 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]

Arnaz, his mother Lucille Ball, and his sister Lucie in Here's Lucy, 1968.

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 (right) on the show The Streets of San Francisco, 1976.

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.

Boulder Theatre

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 an undisclosed relationship.[7]

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, and although genetic tests later revealed Tell to be Astin's biological father, Astin remains close with Arnaz and Tell, as well as the father who raised him, John Astin, and his mother's fourth husband, Mike Pearce, saying, "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."[8]

Arnaz was married to actress Linda Purl from 1980 until their divorce in 1981.[9] On October 8, 1987, Arnaz married Amy Laura Bargiel.[10] 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.[11]

Desi's wife Amy died January 23, 2015, at age 63 after a long battle with cancer. [12] Both Desi and Amy were students of Vernon Howard and attended meetings of Vernon's New Life Foundation in Boulder City.[13]

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
  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. ^ "Sean Astin's Childhood With Patty Duke". ABC News. July 31, 2004.
  9. ^ "Linda Purl Biography (1955–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ [Nevada Marriage Index, 1956–2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007]
  11. ^ Boulder Theatre in Boulder City
  12. ^ Lucille Ball's daughter-in-law, Amy Arnaz DEAD at 63 (Exclusive)., GoodHollywood, retrieved January 29, 2015 
  13. ^ 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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