Cesar Romero: The Original Joker Who Refused To Shave His Mustache

By | February 13, 2020

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BATMAN - "The Joker Goes to School" - Airdate March 2, 1966. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) CESAR ROMERO

Whether you know him as the “Latin from Manhattan” or the clown prince of crime, Cesar Romero, the Joker to Adam West's Batman, played a formative role in your early life. He appeared in hundreds of television shows and movies but none of them made a mark like Batman, the three season wonder that ran from 1965 to 1968 along with its own kooky film. Romero’s turn as the Joker on Batman was such a powerful role that it reignited his career and kept him around for decades. Aside from playing the Joker alongside Adam West, Romero was the baddie in many a western, and even though he put on the air of a ladies' man, it’s believed that he lived a closeted lifestyle until his death in the early ‘90s.

The latin from Manhattan

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source: immortal ephemera

This joker played his share of south of the border villains but he was born in New York City on February 15, 1907. He grew up in Bradley Beach, New Jersey and quickly sprouted up to the astounding height of 6’3. His first role came in 1933 in the film The Shadow Laughs, and from then on he appeared in at least a film a year as some kind of Count or Duke. His most memorable run in the 1940s came with the Cisco Kid series, in which he played the titular role. In 1942, he stopped acting to join the Coast Guard, but came back to the silver screen following World War II. He steadily appeared in bit parts, with his most notable role of the time being Duke Santos, a reformed mobster and enemy to Frank Sinatra in Oceans 11. This wouldn’t be the last time these two would tangle.