Ricardo Cortez Movies List

Ricardo Cortez
Ricardo Cortez
New York City, New York, USA
The Younger Generation

Actor Ricardo Cortez Filmography

Showing 1 to 10 of 44 movies
Showing 1 to 10 of 44 movies
The Last Hurrah
The Last Hurrah ( English )
Artist: Spencer Tracy , John Carradine , Basil Rathbone , Jeffrey Hunter , Dianne Foster
Director: John Ford
Release Year: 1958
Bunco Squad
Bunco Squad ( English )
Director: Herbert I. Leeds
Music Director: Paul Sawtell
Release date: 01-09-1950
Mystery in Mexico
Mystery in Mexico ( English )
Artist: William Lundigan , Jacqueline White , Ricardo Cortez , Tony Barrett
Music Director: Paul Sawtell , José B. Carles , Roy Granville
Release date: 21-08-1948
The Locket
The Locket ( English )
Director: John Brahm
Music Director: Roy Webb
Release date: 20-12-1946
The Inner Circle
The Inner Circle ( English )
Director: Philip Ford
Music Director: Mort Glickman
Release date: 07-08-1946
Tomorrow We Live
Tomorrow We Live ( English )
Artist: Ricardo Cortez , Jean Parker , Emmett Lynn , Rose Anne Stevens , Ray Miller
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Release date: 23-09-1942
Romance of the Rio Grande
Director: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 17-01-1941
Charlie Chan in Murder over New York
Director: Harry Lachman
Release date: 13-12-1940
Girl in 313
Girl in 313 ( English )
Director: Ricardo Cortez
Release date: 30-05-1940
City of Chance
City of Chance ( English )
Director: Ricardo Cortez
Music Director: Samuel Kaylin
Release date: 13-01-1940
Showing 1 to 10 of 44 movies
Showing 1 to 10 of 44 movies

Ricardo Cortez Biography

Ricardo Cortez (September 19, 1900 – April 28, 1977) was an American film actor who began his career during the silent film era. Born Jacob Krantz in New York City into a Jewish family, he worked on Wall Street in a broker's office and as a boxer before his looks got him into the film business. Hollywood executives changed his name to Cortez to appeal to film-goers as a "Latin lover" to compete with such highly popular actors of the era as Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro and Antonio Moreno. When rumour began to circulate that Cortez was not actually Spanish, the studios tried to pass him off as a different type of Latin, French, before they finally admitted his (supposedly) Viennese origin. Cortez appeared in over 100 films. He played opposite Joan Crawford in Montana Moon in 1930, played Sam Spade in the original The Maltese Falcon in 1931, co-starred with Charles Farrell and Bette Davis in The Big Shakedown and Wonder Bar (with Al Jolson and Dolores del Río) in 1934. He also played Perry Mason in the 1936 film The Case of the Black Cat. Although he began his career playing romantic leads with actresses like Greta Garbo, when sound cinema arrived, his powerful delivery and New York accent made him an ideal villain and conman, and he switched from sex symbol to character actor. Cortez was married to silent film actress Alma Rubens until her death of pneumonia in 1931. When he retired from the film business, Cortez went to work as a stockbroker for Solomon Brothers on New York's Wall Street. He died in New York City in 1977 and was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx. He was the older brother of noted cinematographer Stanley Cortez (born Stanislaus Krantz).

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