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Ramón Novarro
(February 6, 1899 - October 30, 1968) Mexico - U.S.A.

Ramón Novarro

Silent movies actor


Stage name of José Ramón Gil Samaniego, born at Durango, Mexico. The son of prosperous Mexican dentist, Ramón moved to Los Angeles with his family to escape the Mexican revolution.Ramón Novarro After several jobs including Ballet, piano teacher, and singing waiter, his latin beauty look soon gained him a place as an actor in Hollywood, where he acted for about 15 years with a great success.

In 1926, he appeared in his most famous role as Ben Hur in the movie of the same name. In 1927, he starred with Norma Shearer in The Student Prince. His first talking picture was Call of the Flesh, where Ramón sang and danced the Tango. He continued to appear in a number of musicals, but his popularity was slipping.

Off screen, he was one of adventurer Richard Halliburton's lovers. After WWII he seldom appeared on movies. Novarro was was brutally beaten to death by a pair of teenage male prostitutes in North Hollywood Hills, California.


Ramón NovarroRamón NovarroHis movies include:

  • The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)
  • Scaramouche (1923)
  • Ben Hur (1926)
  • The Student Prince (1926)
  • Call of the Flesh (1930)
  • Mata Hari (1932)
  • The Barbarian (1933)
  • We Were strangers (1949)
  • Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
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