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Ricardo Cortez

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Ricardo Cortez born Jacob Krantz; September 19, 1900citation needed – April 28, 1977 was an American actor


  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Partial filmography
  • 3 References
  • 4 Bibliography
  • 5 External links

Life and careeredit

Born to a Jewish family in New York City1 Vienna has been incorrectly cited as his birthplace,1 Krantz was an amateur boxer and worked on Wall Street prior to entering the film business Hollywood executives changed his name from Krantz to Cortez in order to capitalize on the popularity of the era's "Latin lovers" namely Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro and Antonio Moreno When rumor began to circulate that Cortez was not actually Spanish, the studios attempted to pass him off as French before finally "admitting" to his supposedly Viennese origin

Cortez appeared in over 100 films Having begun his career playing romantic leads, when sound cinema arrived, his strong delivery and New York accent made him an ideal heavy Though he would go on to occasionally portray leading men, Cortez's main focus became character acting He played opposite Joan Crawford in Montana Moon 1930, played Sam Spade in the original, pre-code version of The Maltese Falcon 1931, co-starred with Charles Farrell and Bette Davis in The Big Shakedown 1934, and with Al Jolson and Dolores del Río in Wonder Bar 1934 In 1936, Cortez replaced Warren William as Perry Mason in The Case of the Black Cat

Cortez was married to silent film actress Alma Rubens until her death from pneumonia in 1931 They were married January 31, 1926 in Riverside, California

When he retired from the film business, Cortez returned to New York, working as a stockbroker for Salomon Brothers on Wall Street He died in New York City in 1977, and was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx

Cortez was the older brother of noted cinematographer Stanley Cortez born Stanislaus Krantz

Partial filmographyedit

  • The Gentleman from America 1923 uncredited
  • The Call of the Canyon 1923
  • The Next Corner 1924
  • The Bedroom Window 1924
  • Feet of Clay 1924
  • The City That Never Sleeps 1924
  • Argentine Love 1924
  • Not So Long Ago 1925
  • Torrent 1926
  • Volcano! 1926
  • The Sorrows of Satan 1926
  • The Eagle of the Sea 1926
  • Mockery 1927
  • The Private Life of Helen of Troy 1927
  • By Whose Hand 1927
  • The Orchid Dancer 1928
  • The Grain of Dust 1928
  • Excess Baggage 1928
  • The Lost Zeppelin 1929
  • The Younger Generation 1929
  • Montana Moon 1930
  • Her Man 1930
  • Illicit 1931
  • Ten Cents a Dance 1931
  • The Maltese Falcon 1931
  • White Shoulders 1931
  • Big Business Girl 1931
  • Bad Company 1931
  • Is My Face Red 1932
  • No One Man 1932
  • Thirteen Women 1932
  • Symphony of Six Million 1932
  • The Phantom of Crestwood 1932
  • Flesh 1932
  • Men of Chance 1932
  • Midnight Mary 1933
  • Torch Singer 1933
  • Broadway Bad 1933
  • The House on 56th Street 1933
  • The Big Shakedown 1934
  • Hat, Coat and Glove 1934
  • The Firebird 1934
  • I Am a Thief 1934
  • Mandalay 1934
  • The Man with Two Faces 1934 film 1934
  • Wonder Bar 1934
  • A Lost Lady 1934
  • Special Agent 1935
  • Shadow of Doubt 1935
  • Frisco Kid 1935
  • The Walking Dead 1936
  • The Case of the Black Cat 1936
  • Man Hunt 1936
  • Talk of the Devil 1936
  • Charlie Chan in Reno 1939
  • Mr Moto's Last Warning 1939
  • Murder Over New York 1940
  • I Killed That Man 1941
  • Tomorrow We Live 1942
  • Rubber Racketeers 1942
  • The Locket 1946
  • The Last Hurrah 1958


  1. ^ a b Letter of the Departement of Health, City of New York, 8 October 2000 mentioned in: Rudolf Ulrich Hrsg: Österreicher in Hollywood Neuauflage, Verlag Filmarchiv Austria, Wien 2004, ISBN 3-901932-29-1, p 597


  • Van Neste, Dan "The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez" Albany, GA: BearManor Media, 2017 ISBN 978-1-62933-128-7

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • Ricardo Cortez on Internet Movie Database
  • Ricardo Cortez at Find a Grave

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