Gilbert Roland

Gilbert Roland

  • Born on
    • December 11th, 1905
  • Died on
    • May 15th, 1994
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Gilbert Roland (born Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso, December 11, 1905 – May 15, 1994) was a Mexican-born American film and television actor whose career spanned seven decades from the 1920s until the 1980s. He was twice nominated for the Golden Globe Award in 1952 and 1964, and inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. Roland was born in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. When Pancho Villa took control of their town, Roland and his family fled to the United States. He lived in Texas until at age 14 he hopped on a freight train and went to Hollywood. He chose his screen name by combining the names of his favorite actors, John Gilbert and Ruth Roland. He was often cast in the stereotypical Latin lover role. Roland's first film contract was with Paramount. His first major role was in the collegiate comedy The Plastic Age (1925) together with Clara Bow, to whom he became engaged. In 1926, he played Armand in Camille opposite Norma Talmadge, with whom he was romantically involved, and they starred together in several productions. With the advent of sound films, Roland frequently appeared in Spanish language adaptations of American films, in romantic lead roles. Roland served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Beginning in the 1940s, critics began to take notice of his acting and he was praised for his supporting roles in John Huston's We Were Strangers (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Thunder Bay (1953), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). He also appeared in a series of films in the mid-1940s as the popular character "The Cisco Kid". He played Hugo, the agnostic friend of the three shepherd children in The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. In 1953, Roland played Greek-American sponge diver Mike Petrakis in the epic Beneath the 12-Mile Reef. His last film appearance was in the 1982 western Barbarosa. Roland married actress Constance Bennett in 1941. They were married until 1946 and had two daughters. His second marriage, to Guillermina Cantú in 1954, lasted until his death 40 years later. Gilbert Roland died of cancer in Beverly Hills, California in 1994, aged 88.

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Acting (38 Credits)

1982Barbarosa as Don Braulio
1980Cabo Blanco as Dr. Rudolfo Ramirez
1979The Sacketts as Don Luis
1977Islands in the Stream as Captain Ralph
1975The Deadly Tower as Narrator (voice)
1974The Mark of Zorro as Don Alejandro Vega
1968The Ruthless Four as Mason
1968Johnny Hamlet as Dazio
1967Any Gun Can Play as Monetero
1966The Poppy Is Also a Flower as Serge Marko
1964Cheyenne Autumn as Dull Knife
1959The Wild and the Innocent as Paul Bartell
1959The Big Circus as Zach Colino - the aerialist
1957The Midnight Story as Sylvio Malatesta
1956Bandido! as Col. Escobar
1956Three Violent People as Innocencio Ortega, Grand Vacaro
1956Around the World in 80 Days as Achmed Abdullah
1955Underwater! as Dominic Quesada
1953The French Line as Pierre DuQuesne
1953Beneath the 12-Mile Reef as Mike Petrakis
1953Thunder Bay as Teche Bossier
1952The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima as Hugo da Silva
1952Glory Alley as Peppi Donnato
1952The Bad and the Beautiful as Victor 'Gaucho' Ribera
1951Bullfighter and the Lady as Manolo Estrada
1951Ten Tall Men as Corporal Luis Delgado
1950The Furies as Juan Herrera
1950Crisis as Roland Gonzales
1949We Were Strangers as Guillermo Montilla
1949Malaya as Romano
1947The Other Love as Croupier
1945Captain Kidd as Jose Lorenzo
1940The Sea Hawk as Capt. Lopez
1939Juarez as Colonel Miguel Lopez
1933She Done Him Wrong as Serge Stanieff
1933Our Betters as Pepi D'Costa
1932Call Her Savage as Moonglow
1925The Lost World as Extra


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