Cuban bandleader with the Desi Arnaz Orchestra who also played Ricky Ricardo on the TV show I Love Lucy.
He grew up wealthy but had everything taken from his family during the 1933 Cuban Revolution.
He essentially invented the sitcom format with multiple cameras and live audiences, which is still used today.
He married actress and comedian Lucille Ball on November 30, 1940. Together they had a son and a daughter. After their divorce on May 4, 1960, he remarried Edith Mack Hirsch on March 2, 1963. They remained married until her death in 1985.
On I Love Lucy, his character was friends with his neighbor, Fred Mertz, who was played by William Frawley.