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Ricardo Cortez (Jacob Krantz)

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Biography

New York City, New York, USA
Ricardo Cortez was born Jacob Krantz in New York City, New York, the son of Sarah (Lefkowitz) and Moses/Morris Krantz, Austrian Jewish immigrants who moved to NY just before he was born. His brother was cinematographer Stanley Cortez, who also changed his surname. Cortez worked a number of jobs while he trained as an actor. When Jacob arrived in Hollywood to work in movies in 1922, the Valentino mania was in full swing. Never shy about changing a name and a background, the studio transformed Jacob Krantz into Latin Lover Ricardo Cortez from Spain. Such was life in Hollywood. Read more...

Actor

Character: Jim Morley

New Orleans 1929

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Character: Price Baines

Illicit 1931

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Character: Bradley Carlton

Ten Cents a Dance 1931

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Character: Ronnie Wales

Behind Office Doors 1931

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Character: Robert J. Clayton

Big Business Girl 1931

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Character: Gary Curtis

The Phantom of Crestwood 1932

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Character: Nicky

Flesh 1932

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Character: Tony Cummings

Torch Singer 1933

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Character: Dutch Barnes

The Big Shakedown 1934

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Character: Himself

Hollywood Newsreel 1934

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Character: Fabian the Great

Mr. Moto's Last Warning 1939

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Character: Ricardo de Vega

Romance of the Rio Grande 1941

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Character: Wilson - aka Fritz Alden

Make Your Own Bed 1944

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Character: Himself

Hollywood 1980

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