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Cesar Romero Centennial Tribute

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Los Angeles' Cervantes Center of Arts & Letters will be celebrating the birth centennial of Cesar Romero – born in New York City on Feb. 15, 1907 – with a screening of the 1954 biopic The White Rose / La rosa blanca, accompanied by Romero's last filmed interview. The Cesar Romero tribute will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the University of Southern California's Leavey Library Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a reception. Of note: Cesar Romero is not featured in The White Rose (more on that below).

Cesar Romero movies

Though never a first- (or even second-) rank star, from the late 1930s until his death in 1994 Cesar Romero was a well-known face and name in movies and later on television.

Among Romero's screen credits as a 20th Century Fox contract player, almost invariably in supporting roles, are the Shirley Temple musicals Wee Willie Winkie (1937) and The Little Princess (1939); the Alice Faye musicals Week-End in Havana (1941) and The Great American Broadcast (1941); the Betty Grable musicals Springtime in the Rockies (1942) and Coney Island (1943); the highly fictionalized historical drama Captain from Castile (1947), starring Romero's close friend Tyrone Power; in addition to several Cisco Kid flicks, among them The Gay Caballero (1940) and Ride On Vaquero (1941).

On TV, Cesar Romero was a popular Joker in the Batman series of the '60s. Other TV credits include dozens of guest appearances in series such as The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, and The Golden Girls, besides a recurring role in Falcon Crest.

Cesar Romero not in The White Rose

Directed by one of Mexico's most respected filmmakers, Emilio Fernández (María Candelaria, Flor Silvestre), The White Rose is based on the life of Cuban poet José Martí, Cesar Romero's grandfather. Romero, however, doesn't appear in the film. Instead, The White Rose features Roberto Canedo, Gina Cabrera, Raquel Revuelta, Julio Capote, and Julio Villareal.

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2 Comments to Cesar Romero Centennial Tribute

  1. olvera

    I love Cesar Romero. I don't care if he was gay or not. He was great. His Cisco Kid movies should be shown again. Wasn't he the Cisco Kid? Or Zorro?

  2. serena

    I've read that Cesar Romero was gay. That can't be true. Does anyone know?