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Ricardo Cortez
Actor

Ricardo Cortez

Ricardo Cortez
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Intro Actor
Was Financial professional Actor Stockbroker
From United States of America
Field Business Film, TV, Stage & Radio Finance
Gender male
Birth 19 September 1900, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Death 28 April 1977, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (aged 76 years)
Family
Spouse: Alma Rubens
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Biography

Ricardo Cortez (born Jacob Krantz; September 19, 1900 – April 28, 1977) was an American actor.

Life and career

Born to a Jewish family in New York City (Vienna has been incorrectly cited as his birthplace), Krantz was an amateur boxer and worked on Wall Street prior to entering the film business. Hollywood executives changed his name from Krantz to Cortez in order to capitalize on the popularity of the era's "Latin lovers" (namely Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro and Antonio Moreno). When rumor began to circulate that Cortez was not actually Spanish, the studios attempted to pass him off as French before finally "admitting" to his supposedly Viennese origin.

Cortez appeared in over 100 films. Having begun his career playing romantic leads, when sound cinema arrived, his strong delivery and New York accent made him an ideal heavy. Though he would go on to occasionally portray leading men, Cortez's main focus became character acting. He played opposite Joan Crawford in Montana Moon (1930), played Sam Spade in the original, pre-code version of The Maltese Falcon (1931), co-starred with Charles Farrell and Bette Davis in The Big Shakedown, and with Al Jolson and Dolores del Río in Wonder Bar (1934). In 1936, Cortez replaced Warren William as Perry Mason in The Case of the Black Cat.

Cortez was married to silent film actress Alma Rubens until her death from pneumonia in 1931. (They were married January 31, 1926 in Riverside, California)

When he retired from the film business, Cortez returned to New York, working as a stockbroker for Salomon Brothers on Wall Street. He died in New York City in 1977, and was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx.

Cortez was the older brother of noted cinematographer Stanley Cortez (born Stanislaus Krantz).

Partial filmography

  • The Gentleman from America (1923) (uncredited)
  • The Call of the Canyon (1923)
  • The Next Corner (1924)
  • The Bedroom Window (1924)
  • Feet of Clay (1924)
  • The City That Never Sleeps (1924)
  • Argentine Love (1924)
  • Not So Long Ago (1925)
  • Torrent (1926)
  • Volcano! (1926)
  • The Sorrows of Satan (1926)
  • The Eagle of the Sea (1926)
  • Mockery (1927)
  • The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927)
  • By Whose Hand? (1927)
  • The Orchid Dancer (1928)
  • The Grain of Dust (1928)
  • Excess Baggage (1928)
  • The Lost Zeppelin (1929)
  • Montana Moon (1930)
  • Her Man (1930)
  • Illicit (1931)
  • Ten Cents a Dance (1931)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1931)
  • White Shoulders (1931)
  • Big Business Girl (1931)
  • Bad Company (1931)
  • Is My Face Red? (1932)
  • No One Man (1932)
  • Thirteen Women (1932)
  • Symphony of Six Million (1932)
  • The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)
  • Flesh (1932)
  • Men of Chance (1932)
  • Midnight Mary (1933)
  • Torch Singer (1933)
  • Broadway Bad (1933)
  • The House on 56th Street (1933)
  • The Big Shakedown (1934)
  • Hat, Coat and Glove (1934)
  • The Firebird (1934)
  • I Am a Thief (1934)
  • Mandalay (1934)
  • The Man with Two Faces (1934 film) (1934)
  • Wonder Bar (1934)
  • A Lost Lady (1934)
  • Special Agent (1935)
  • Shadow of Doubt (1935)
  • Frisco Kid (1935)
  • The Walking Dead (1936)
  • The Case of the Black Cat (1936)
  • Man Hunt (1936)
  • Talk of the Devil (1936)
  • Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)
  • Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)
  • Murder Over New York (1940)
  • I Killed That Man (1941)
  • Tomorrow We Live (1942)
  • Rubber Racketeers (1942)
  • The Locket (1946)
  • The Last Hurrah (1958)
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