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Ricardo Cortez

Actor / Stockbroker | * 09/19/1900 († 76, 04/28/1977) | New York City, New York, USA
Ricardo Cortez (born Jacob Kranze or Jacob Krantz; September 19, 1900 – April 28, 1977) was an American actor. He was also known as Jack Crane early in his acting career. ()

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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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Crime | Mystery

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Movies with Ricardo Cortez as Actor(82)

as Himself (archive footage)2003 Complicated Women
as Sam Weinberg1958 The Last Hurrah
as Tony Weldon aka Anthony Wells1950 Bunco Squad
as John Norcross1948 Mystery in Mexico
as Ziggy Cranston1947 Blackmail
as Andrew 'Drew' Bonner1946 The Locket
as Duke York1946 The Inner Circle
as Wilson - aka Fritz Alden1944 Make Your Own Bed
as Gilin1942 Rubber Racketeers
as Anthony Pearce1942 Who Is Hope Schuyler?
as The Ghost, Alexander Caesar Martin1942 Tomorrow We Live
as Philip Richards1941 A Shot in the Dark
as Roger Phillips1941 I Killed That Man
as Ricardo de Vega1941 Romance of the Rio Grande
as Dr. Ainsley1939 Charlie Chan in Reno
as Fabian the Great1939 Mr. Moto's Last Warning
as Charles Blake1938 City Girl
as Ramon Escobar1937 The Californian
as J. Ward Thomas1937 Her Husband Lies
as Gordon Creed1937 West Of Shanghai
as himself1937 Breakdowns of 1937
as himself1936 Breakdowns of 1936
as Nolan1936 The Walking Dead
as George Lambert1936 The Murder of Dr. Harrigan
as Ray Allen1936 Talk of the Devil
as Perry Mason1936 The Case of the Black Cat
as Frank Kingman1936 Man Hunt
as Inspector Bill Davis1936 Postal Inspector
as Paul Morra1935 Frisco Kid
as Sim1935 Shadow of Doubt
as Dan Moore1935 Manhattan Moon
as Jim Sundean1935 The White Cockatoo
as Alexander Carston1935 Special Agent
as Pierre1934 I Am A Thief
as Harry, the gigolo1934 Wonder Bar
as himself1934 Hollywood Newsreel
as Dutch Barnes1934 The Big Shakedown
as Ben Weston1934 The Man with Two Faces
as Tony Evans1934 Mandalay
as Robert Mitchell1934 Hat, Coat and Glove
as Ellinger1934 A Lost Lady
as Herman Brandt1934 The Firebird
as Tony Cummings1933 Torch Singer
as Leo Darcy1933 Midnight Mary
as Craig Cutting1933 Broadway Bad
as Bill Blaine1933 The House on 56th Street
as Bill Hanaway1932 No One Man
as Nicky1932 Flesh
as William Poster1932 Is My Face Red?
as Gary Curtis1932 The Phantom of Crestwood
as Police Sergeant Barry Clive1932 Thirteen Women
as Goldie Gorio1931 Bad Company
as Don Arturo de Borgus1931 Transgression
as Johnny Silk1931 Men Of Chance
as Robert J. Clayton1931 Big Business Girl
as Bradley Carlton1931 Ten Cents a Dance
as Sam Spade1931 The Maltese Falcon
as Ronnie Wales1931 Behind Office Doors
as Price Baines1931 Illicit
as Johnnie1930 Her Man
as Jeff1930 Montana Moon
as Paul Wallis1929 The Phantom in the House
as Tom Armstrong1929 The Lost Zeppelin
as Jim Morley1929 New Orleans
as Morris Goldfish1929 The Younger Generation
as Yoanes Etchegarry1928 Woman of Destiny
as Val D'Errico1928 Excess Baggage
as Dimitri1927 Mockery
as Don Rafael Brull1926 Torrent
as Captain Sazarac1926 The Eagle of the Sea
as Geoffrey Tempest1926 The Sorrows of Satan
as Dr. Walter, the Tutor1925 The Swan
as Jack Weston1925 The Pony Express
as Robert Delano1924 The Bedroom Window
as Don Arturo1924 The Next Corner

TV Shows/Series with Ricardo Cortez as Actor(1)

Movies with Ricardo Cortez as Crew(7)

Directing/Director1940 Free, Blonde and 21
Directing/Director1940 City of Chance
Directing/Director1940 Girl in 313
Directing/Director1939 Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence
Directing/Director1939 Inside Story
Directing/Director1939 Chasing Danger
Directing/Director1939 The Escape

Born: 09/19 1900 (September) in New York City
Died: Thursday, 04/28 1977 (April) in New York City (aged: 76)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Spouses (current/former): Alma Rubens
Other names for Ricardo Cortez (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Jacob Krantz"
"Jack Crane"
Ricardo Cortez frequently works together with these people:
Sol M. Wurtzel (8x, Crew)
Kay Francis (7x, Actress)
Bess Flowers (6x, Actress)
Bill Elliott (6x, Actor)
Orry-Kelly (6x, Crew)
Bernhard Kaun (6x, Crew)
Robert Lowery (6x, Actor)
Bette Davis (5x, Actress)
Mary Astor (5x, Actress)
Nick Copeland (5x, Cast)
Ralph Edwards (2x, Actor)
Charlton Heston (1x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:13677, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 07/26/2019