Ramon Novarro

Ramon Novarro

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Ramon Novarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico, to Leonor (Gavilan) and Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego Siqueiros, a prosperous dentist. Ramon and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1913, as refugees from the Mexican Revolution. After stints as a ballet dancer, piano teacher and singing waiter, he became a film extra in 1917. For five years he remained an extra until director Rex Ingram cast him as Rupert in The Prisoner of Zenda (1922). He was cast with Lewis Stone and Ingram's wife, Alice Terry (Ingram was also the person who suggested that he change his name to Novarro). He worked with Ingram in his next four films and was again teamed with Terry in the successful Scaramouche (1923). Novarro's rising popularity among female moviegoers resulted in his being billed as the "New Valentino". In 1925 he appeared in his most famous role, as the title character in Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), and later co-starred with Norma Shearer in ... View All »
Age: 69 (age at death)
Nationality: Mexican
Claim to Fame: Ben-Hur

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1967 The High Chaparral Padre Guillermo
1965 The Wild Wild West Don Tomas
1962 Combat! Count De Roy, Charles Gireaux
1961 Dr. Kildare Gaspero Paolini
1960 Heller in Pink Tights De Leon
1960 Thriller Maestro Giuliano
1959 Bonanza Jose Ortega
1959 Rawhide Father Tasso
1954 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Don Esteban Miranda
1950 Crisis Colonel Adragon
1950 The Outriders Don Antonio Chaves

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Nominated for 1 Award | Won 1

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