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 Ramon Novarro

Ramon Novarro

Durango, Durango Municipality, Durango, Mexico
Death 30 Oct 1968 (aged 69)
North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section C, Lot 586, Grave 5
Memorial ID 757 · View Source
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Born Ramon Samaniegos in Durango, Mexico on February 6, 1899. He was the son of a prosperous dentist. He left Mexico with his family at the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, eventually settling in Los Angeles. He left LA for a time, moving to New York and working as a singing waiter and other odd jobs before returning to Hollywood. After working as an usher in a movie house, he decided he liked movies and would give acting a try. He made his film debut in 1918 in The Little American, starring Mary Pickford. He continued to get work as an extra appearing in many films. He continued in bit parts for over 5 years until director Rex Ingram cast him in The Prisoner of Zenda. Ingram was also the man who changed his last name to Novarro. Ramon worked with Ingram for his next 4 films and would be teamed again with Ingram's wife, Alice Terry in the 1922 movie Scaramouche. It was during this time that Rudolph Valentino's popularity as The Sheik took off and Hollywood became wild over the Latin Lover type of hero. Ramon's career took off after this with such films as The Student Prince with Norma Shearer and Where The Pavement Ends. But he got the role of a lifetime when he was chosen for the lead role in Ben Hur(1925). Novarro was one of the lucky few who survived the revolution of talking pictures, thanks to his fine singing voice. His career continued as he made many films throughout the 1930's with leading ladies such as Greta Garbo and Myrna Loy, but by 1938 he was reduced to appearing in low budget features. He made a successful reappearance in 1949 with a role in a film with John Garfield and Jennifer Jones, but despite talks of a comeback, he was again reduced to cameos. Sadly, Novarro's reputation as a screen idol was marred by his gruesome death. On Halloween 1968 he was brutally murdered by the Ferguson brothers and left to die in a pool of his own blood.

Bio by: Marta Monk

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Gravesite Details Silent screen star. Cause of Death: murdered




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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ramon Novarro (6 Feb 1899–30 Oct 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 757, citing Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .