Ricardo Cortez


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Ricardo Cortez

Ricardo Cortez Death

Jacob passed away on April 28, 1977 at the age of 76 in New York, New York, U.S.. Jacob's cause of death was natural causes.

Ricardo Cortez death quick facts:
  • When did Ricardo Cortez die?

    April 28, 1977
  • How did Ricardo Cortez die? What was the cause of death?

    Natural causes
  • How old was Ricardo Cortez when died?

  • Where did Ricardo Cortez die? What was the location of death?

    New York, New York, U.S.

Ricardo Cortez Birthday and Date of Death

Ricardo Cortez was born on September 19, 1900 and died on April 28, 1977. Jacob was 76 years old at the time of death.

Birthday: September 19, 1900
Date of Death: April 28, 1977
Age at Death: 76

Is Ricardo Cortez's father, Moses/Morris Krantz, dead or alive?

Moses/Morris Krantz's information is not available now.

Is Ricardo Cortez's mother, Sarah, dead or alive?

Ricardo Cortez's mother, Sarah, is still alive and kicking at the age of 39. She is American and has had a career as an actress.

Ricardo Cortez's brother :

  • cinematographer Stanley Cortez

Ricardo Cortez - Biography

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.
Starting with small parts, the tall, dark Cortez was being groomed by Paramount to be the successor to Rudolph Valentino. But Cortez would never be viewed (or consider himself) as the equal to the late Valentino. A popular star, he was saddled in a number of run-of-the-mill romantic movies which would depend more on his looks than on the script. Pictures like Argentine Love (1924) and The Cat's Pajamas (1926) did little to extend his range as an actor. He did show that he had some range with his role in Pony Express (1924), but roles like that were few and far between.

With the advent of sound, Cortez made the transition and he would play Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1931) (aka Dangerous Female). Never a great actor, Cortez was cast as the smirking womanizer in a number of films and would soon slide down into 'B' movies. He played a newspaper columnist Is My Face Red? (1932), a home wrecker in A Lost Lady (1934), a killer in Man Hunt (1936) and even Perry Mason in The Case of the Black Cat (1936).
After 1936, Cortez hit a lean patch for acting and tried his hand at directing. His career as a director ended after a half dozen movies and his screen career soon followed. He retired from the screen and returned to Wall Street, where he had worked as a runner decades before. This time, he returned as a member of one of Wall Street's top brokerage firms and lived a comfortable life.