Gilbert Roland

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Gilbert Roland , actually Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso , (born December 11, 1905 in Ciudad Juárez , Mexico , † May 15, 1994 in Beverly Hills , California , USA ) was an American film actor .


Roland was born in Mexico in 1905; he and his family moved to the United States during the Mexican Revolution in 1911. Roland made his first acting experiences at the age of 13. After he was discovered by film, his southern appearance, a mixture of macho image and romantic features, and his athletic ability quickly made him a star in adventurous silent films. He made the transition to talkies with ease. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and resumed his career on his return to Hollywood. It was not until 1982 that he ended his career at the age of 77.

His career included phases as a Latin lover, as the Cisco Kid in a six-part film series, Mexican bandits in B-movies , as a character actor after the war, and lead roles in adventure films and Spaghetti Westerns .

Roland married his first wife, actress Constance Bennett , in 1941 . This marriage, which was divorced in 1946, has 2 children. He chose his stage name based on his favorite stars Ruth Roland and John Gilbert .

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