Person Details

Birthday: 1900-09-19 03:31:56

Death: 1977-04-28 03:31:56

Aliases: Jacob Krantz , Jack Crane

Gender: Male

Place of birth: New York City, New York, USA

Homepage:

Movie Involvements: 84

TV Involvements: 1


Most Famous Work

Biography

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).

Most Famous Work

The Walking Dead
Average
7

The Walking Dead

(1936) Nolan
This Is Your Life
Average
7

This Is Your Life

(1952) Self
The Last Hurrah
Average
7

The Last Hurrah

(1958) Sam Weinberg
Torch Singer
Average
5

Torch Singer

(1933) Tony Cummings
The Maltese Falcon
Average
7

The Maltese Falcon

(1931) Sam Spade
Thirteen Women
Average
6

Thirteen Women

(1932) Police Sergeant Barry Clive
Mandalay
Average
6

Mandalay

(1934) Tony Evans
The Locket
Average
6

The Locket

(1946) Andrew 'Drew' Bonner

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2003 Himself (archive footage)
1986 Himself
1958 Sam Weinberg
1952 Self
1950 Tony Weldon / Anthony Wells
1948 John Norcross
1947 Ziggy Cranston
1946 Andrew 'Drew' Bonner
Duke York
1944 Wilson / Fritz Alden
1942 The Ghost, Alexander Caesar Martin
Gilin
Anthony Pearce
1941 Roger Phillips
Mark Saunders
Phillip Richards
Ricardo de Vega
1940 George Kirby
1939 Dr. Ainsley
Fabian the Great
1938 Charles Blake
1937 Gordon Creed
Ramon Escobar
J. Ward Thomas
Himself
1936 Himself
Ray Allen
Perry Mason
Inspector Bill Davis
N/A
Nolan
Frank Kingman
George Lambert
1935 Paul Morra
Alexander Carston
Dan Moore
Sim
Jim Sundean
1934 Pierre Londais
Herman Brandt
Ellinger
Ben Weston
Robert Mitchell
Harry
Himself
Tony Evans
Dutch Barnes
1933 Bill Blaine
Victor Conway
Tony Cummings
Leo Darcy
Craig Cutting
1932 Nicky
Gary Curtis
Police Sergeant Barry Clive
William Poster
Felix
Bill Hanaway
1931 Johnny Silk
Goldie Gorio
Don Arturo de Borgus
Robert J. Clayton
Self
Sam Spade
Lawrence Marchmont
Ronnie Wales
Bradley Carlton
Price Baines
1930 Jeff
Johnnie
1929 Tom Armstrong
Paul Wallis
James Stanwood
Jim Morley
Morris Goldfish
1928 Val D'Errico
Yoanes Etchegarry
1927 Paris
Dimitri
N/A
1926 Captain Sazarac
Geoffrey Tempest
N/A
Stéphane Séquineau
Don Rafael Brull
1925 Billy Ballard
Jack Weston
Raoul Melnotte
Dr. Walter, the Tutor
1924 Juan Martin
Whitney Duane
Tony Channing
Robert Delano
Harrison Peters
Don Arturo
1923 Larry Morrison
Ricardo Cortez
N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

Directing


Join the discussion

Please Log in to comment