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The grandson of Cuban revolutionary José Martí , Cesar Romero was born Feb. 15, 1907, in New York City and began his career as a nightclub performer (known in many circles as "the Latin from Manhattan") before moving to the Broadway stage.

Transitioning to films, Romero played a gigolo in 1934's The Thin Man. The part soon led to starring roles in such classics as The Devil Is a Woman (1935), The Gay Caballero (1940), Romance of the Rio Grande (1940), Springtime in the Rockies (1942) and The Captain from Castile (1947). As debonair as ever in his mid-50s, Romero scored a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actor for the 1962 comedy If a Man Answers.

But Romero is most often remembered for his turn as clownish villain the Joker on the TV series "Batman" -- a colorful role that earned the actor a cult following for years to come. He passed away Jan. 1, 1994.

Cesar Romero in The Thin Man

The Thin Man

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The first installment of one of the most successful detective serials in film history introduces stylish sleuthing spouses Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy), who -- between martinis -- investigate the disappearance of a wealthy inventor. Powell and Loy's quick-witted repartee in their crackling debut set a Hollywood tradition, but the film's rapid-fire mystery plot still delights modern viewers.

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