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      Ramon Novarro

      Ramon Novarro

      Highest Rated: 100% The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)

      Lowest Rated: 67% Mata Hari (1931)

      Birthday: Feb 6, 1899

      Birthplace: Durango, Mexico

      An engaging Latin American vaudevillian and singer who began his film career during the silent era, actor Ramón Novarro took over the role of Hollywood's top Latin Lover when Rudolph Valentino died in 1926, only to stagnate once talkies came of age. Novarro first came to prominence as a villainous henchman in "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1922), which led to starring roles in popular films like "Scaramouche" (1923) and "The Arab" (1924). He had his greatest success playing wealthy man-turned slave Judah Ben-Hur in "Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ" (1925), a troubled, but successful epic that served as a precursor to William Wyler's 1959 classic. From there, Novarro starred opposite Norma Shearer in "The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg" (1927) and Joan Crawford in "Across to Singapore" (1928). But once he made the transition to talkies after "Devil May Care" (1929), Novarro saw his popularity plummet. By the end of the decade, he was out of a contract and lucky to find work in bit parts or character roles. Meanwhile, he fell into alcoholism - due in part to his lifelong struggle with his homosexuality - and his career suffered even more. Novarro did have a bit of a revival with character work on popular TV series like Dr. Kildare" (NBC, 1961-66) and "Bonanza" (NBC, 1959-1973), but his murder in 1968 by two prostitute brothers ended his life in a tawdry fashion. Still, Novarro remained a popular figure from the silent era whose contributions to film were undeniable.

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
      96% Ben-Hur
      82% Trifling Women
      73% We Were Strangers
      71% Crisis
      71% The Big Steal
      67% Mata Hari

      Photos

      THE SON-DAUGHTER, from left: H.B. Warner, Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Ramon Novarro, 1932 THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE, Jeanette MacDonald, Ramon Novarro, 1934 THE FLYING FLEET, Anita Page, Ramon Novarro, 1929 ACROSS TO SINGAPORE, from left: Ernest Torrence, Ramon Novarro, 1928 THE SON-DAUGHTER, from left: Ramon Novarro, Louise Closser Hale, Helen Hayes, 1932 ACROSS TO SINGAPORE, front from left: Ernest Torrence, Anna May Wong, Ramon Novarro, 1928 ACROSS TO SINGAPORE, Ramon Novarro, 1928 THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG, left top to bottom: Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, center from left: Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, 1927 THE FLYING FLEET, far left: Ramon Novarro, 1929 ACROSS TO SINGAPORE, from left: Ramon Novarro, Joan Crawford, 1928 THE NIGHT IS YOUNG, from left, Ramon Novarro, Evelyn Laye, 1935 THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE, Jeanette MacDonald, Ramon Novarro, 1934 BEN-HUR, May McAvoy, Ramon Novarro, (center), 1925 THE NIGHT IS YOUNG, from left, Edward Everett Horton, Rosalind Russell, Ramon Novarro, 1935 BEN-HUR, Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, 1925 THE SON-DAUGHTER, Ramon Novarro, Helen Hayes, 1932 LAUGHING BOY, front from left: stars Lupe Velez, Ramon Novarro lead the lunch line on location in the Painted Desert, Arizona on set, 1934 STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG, Norma Shearer, Ramon Novarro, 1927 THE SON-DAUGHTER, Helen Hayes, Ramon Novarro, 1932 LAUGHING BOY, from left: Ramon Novarro, director W.S. Van Dyke (cap), visitor Myrna Loy, Lupe Velez on set, 1934

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 27% Heller in Pink Tights De Leon (Character) - 1960
      71% 46% Crisis Colonel Adragon (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 14% The Outriders Unknown (Character) - 1950
      71% 64% The Big Steal Inspector General Ortega (Character) - 1949
      73% 67% We Were Strangers Chief (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Small Town Idol Dancer (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Desperate Adventure André Friezan (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sheik Steps Out Ahmed Ben Nesib (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Contra la corriente Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night Is Young Archduke Paul "Gustl" Gustave (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 17% The Cat and the Fiddle Victor (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laughing Boy Laughing Boy (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 50% The Barbarian Jamil El Shehab (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Huddle Unknown (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Son-Daughter Tom Lee (Character) - 1932
      67% 54% Mata Hari Lt. Alexis Rosanoff (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daybreak Willi (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Son of India Karim (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Gay Madrid Ricardo (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Call of the Flesh Juan de Dios (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Devil May Care Armand de Treville (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet 60% The Pagan Henry Shoesmith, Jr. (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Fleet Ens. / Lt.Tommy Winslow (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Across to Singapore Joel Shore (Character) - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Certain Young Man Lord Gerald Brinsley (Character) - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forbidden Hours Michael IV (Character) - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road to Romance José Armando (Character) - 1927
      100% 64% The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg Crown Prince Karl Heinrich (Character) - 1927
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lovers José (Character) - 1927
      96% 86% Ben-Hur Judah Ben-Hur (Character) - 1925
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Midshipman Dick Randall (Character) - 1925
      No Score Yet 58% The Red Lily Jean Leonnec (Character) - 1924
      No Score Yet 71% Scaramouche André-Louis Moreau (Character) - 1923
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda Rupert of Hentzau (Character) - 1922
      82% No Score Yet Trifling Women Unknown (Character) - 1922

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1962