Ramón Gil Samaniego was born in Durango, Mexico on February 6. 1899. The son of a prosperous dentist and the eldest of thirteen children, he was to become one of the great actors of the early cinema.

In 1914 Ramon and his brother Mariano moved to Los Angeles where Ramon found work as a stage manager and bit player for the Los Angeles Majextic Theatre Stock Company, ushered for the New York Philarmonic and auditioned.

After appearing in several films as an extra and under the name Ramón Samaniego, and while working on The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), director, Rex Ingram, convinced him to change his name to something more pronounceable. "...Zenda" thus gave rise to a new name "Novarro" and a new Hollywood sensation. In 1924, already a 'superstar,' he accepted a lucrative contract with Metro-Goldwyn.

Thanks to his melodious voice, Mr. Novarro made the transition to 'the talkies' without too much difficulty. Unfortunately, the studio system did not serve him well and his talents were generally wasted.

Charming, optimistic and obliging, Novarro was a favorite among cast and crew alike. In addition to the 50 or so films he acted in, directed or produced, he made numerous television appearances. Incidentally, he was gay.

Ramon Novarro's life ended tragically when he was murdered in Los Angeles on October 30, 1968.

-- New York City, 2001

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