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Xavier Cugat

Biography

Latin bandleader popular from your 1930s towards the 1950s and who recorded the strike “Perfidia.” He made an appearance in movies as if you Were By no means Lovelier. He was a traditional violinist and performed within the Orchestra from the Teatro Nacional. He helped popularize Latin music in the us. He wedded Rita Montaner in 1918, Carmen Castillo in 1929, Lorraine Allen in 1947, Abbe Street in 1952, and Charo in 1966. His sibling colored the cover artwork for the F. Scott Fitzgerald book THE FANTASTIC Gatsby.

Quick Facts


Full Name Xavier Cugat
Date Of Birth January 1, 1900
Died October 27, 1990, Barcelona, Spain
Place Of Birth Girona, Spain
Profession World Music Singer
Nationality Spanish, American
Spouse Charo, Abbe Lane, Lorraine Allen, Carmen Castillo, Rita Montaner
Parents Juan Cugat, Mingall (de Bru) Cugat
Siblings Francis Cugat
Movies Neptune's Daughter, On an Island with You, A Date with Judy, Week-End at the Waldorf, Luxury Liner, Holiday in Mexico, Two Girls and a Sailor, Donatella, Stage Door Canteen, The Monitors, White Zombie, Go West, Young Man, The Bachelor, Time of Vacation, The Lash, Captain Thunder, Tiger by the Tail, Charros, gauchos y manolas, Desire Diabolique
TV Shows Cavalcade of Bands
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 1500 Vine Street and for Recording at 1601 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
2Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 218-219. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
3Cugat's father, a political prisoner, was pardoned just after Cugat's birth, and Cugat and his brothers were all exempted from military service.
4As a teenage violin prodigy, under the name Francis Cugat, he toured in concert with Enrico Caruso.
5Spanish-born bandleader who popularized the rumba in America.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fairy2011performer: "Nightingale" written by nm0191265, nm1264760 & nm0936347
The Tale of a Fairy2011Short performer: "Perfidia"
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl2008performer: "My Shawl" / writer: "My Shawl"
My Kid Could Paint That2007Documentary performer: "Brazil"
Happy Feet2006writer: "Cui Cui"
The Matador2005writer: " Yo Te Amo Mucho And That's That" 1946
Kung Fu Soccer2004TV Series performer: "Perfidia"
20462004performer: "Perfidia" - as Xavier Cugat and His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra
Las Vegas2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Two Weeks Notice2002performer: "Cugi's Cocktails Hully-Gully Cha Cha"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City2002Video Game performer: "Jamay"
Madame Satã2002performer: "Carioca"
My Own Private Oshawa2002TV Special writer: "Cachita"
Night at the Golden Eagle2001performer: "Ombo My Shawl", "Tabu" / writer: "Ombo My Shawl"
In the Mood for Love2000performer: "Perfidia"
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss1998performer: "Cuban Love Song", "Frenesí"
Camerieri1995performer: "Quizas, quizas, quizas"
Kika1993performer: "La Cumparsita"
Mac1992performer: "THE LADY IN RED"
Black Hearts Bleed Red1992Short performer: "Maria Elena"
Crimes and Misdemeanors1989music: "Cuban Mambo" 1958
Radio Days1987music: "One, Two, Three, Kick" 1933-42 / performer: "Babalu" 1941, "One, Two, Three, Kick" 1933-42
Reasons to Be Glad1980Short music: "La Cumparsita"
Bye Bye Brasil1980performer: "Para Vigo Me Voy Say sí sí", "Duerme"
Tiger by the Tail1970lyrics: "Let's Drink, Friend" / music: "Let's Drink, Friend"
Blind Justice1961"Nachtigall Nightingale"
Tempo di villeggiatura1956writer: "Ay que merengue"
The Lieutenant Wore Skirts1956music: "My Shawl" - uncredited
Lo scapolo1955"Tema principal"
Chicago Syndicate1955"Cuban Mambo", uncredited
The Americano1955music: "The Americano"
The Long, Long Trailer1953writer: "Cui Cui"
Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City1949Documentary short writer: "Cugat's Nougats" - uncredited
Luxury Liner1948music: "Cugat's Nugat", "My Shawl" - uncredited / writer: "Con Maracas", "Night Must Fall" - uncredited
A Date with Judy1948performer: "Its a Most Unusual Day" Reprise #2 - Finale / writer: "Marguerita"
On an Island with You1948music: "Nightingale" 1942 - uncredited / performer: "The Dog Song" 1948, "Takin' Miss Mary to the Ball" 1948 - uncredited
Holiday in Mexico1946writer: "Yo Te Amo Much - And That's That" - uncredited
Meet Miss Bobby Socks1944writer: "Take It Easy" - as Albert De Bru
Babes on Swing Street1944lyrics: "Take It Easy" - as Albert De Bru / music: "Take It Easy" - as Albert De Bru
Bathing Beauty1944music: "The Thrill of a New Romance" 1939 - uncredited
The Yellow Rose of Texas1944writer: "Take It Easy" - as Albert De Bru, uncredited
Two Girls and a Sailor1944music: "Thrill of a New Romance" 1939 - uncredited / writer: "Take It Easy" 1943 - as Albert De Bru, uncredited
Stage Door Canteen1943performer: "She's a Bombshell from Brooklyn" 1943
The Man from Monterey1933writer: "Basilada", "Mexican Dance" - uncredited
White Zombie1932music: "Spanish Jota" - uncredited
In Gay Madrid1930music: "Santiago" 1930, "Dark Night" 1930 - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taxi1980Short
Nunca en horas de clase1978El presidente
La gente quiere saber1973TV Series
The Phynx1970Xavier Cugat
The Monitors1969Bug for Culture
Das Feuerschiff1963
A sud niente di nuovo1957
Donatella1956Xavier Cugat
The Eddy Duchin Story1956Xavier Cugat (uncredited)
Chicago Syndicate1955Benny Chico
The Red Skelton Hour1954TV SeriesPresident of South American Country
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra1952ShortOrchestra Leader
Neptune's Daughter1949Xavier Cugat
Luxury Liner1948Xavier Cugat
A Date with Judy1948Orchestra Leader
On an Island with You1948Xavier Cugat
This Time for Keeps1947Orchestra Leader
No Leave, No Love1946Xavier Cugat (as Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra)
Holiday in Mexico1946Xavier Cugat
Week-End at the Waldorf1945Orchestra Leader
Bathing Beauty1944Orchestra Leader
Two Girls and a Sailor1944Leader of His Orchestra
The Heat's On1943Orchestra Leader
Stage Door Canteen1943Conductor of the Xavier Cugat Orchestra
You Were Never Lovelier1942Xavier Cugat (uncredited)
Let's Go Latin1937ShortXavier Cugat
Go West Young Man1936Orchestra Leader
The Lash1930Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Mexicana1929ShortXavier Cugat - Orchestra Leader
A Spanish Ensemble1928ShortBand Leader (as X. Cugat and His Gigolos)
The Merry Widow1925Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse1921Violinist (Tango bar scene) (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Le facteur de 19 heures2003Short musician
Tiger by the Tail1970composer: song "Let's Drink, Friend"
Lo scapolo1955conductor
The Americano1955music supervisor: Abbe Lane's musical numbers
The Lash1930conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
In Gay Madrid1930music by

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Donatella1956
Captain Thunder1930uncredited
The Lash1930uncredited
Charros, gauchos y manolas1930

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Un fotógrafo distraído1930Short
Charros, gauchos y manolas1930

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charros, gauchos y manolas1930

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La vida en un xip1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
La parada1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
La luna1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
La casa dels famosos1989TV SeriesHimself
Más estrellas que en el cielo1989TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
La palmera1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A dos de cinc, te o cafè?1988TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cap d'any a TV31986TV MovieHimself
Momentos1986TV SeriesHimself
Àngel Casas Show1984-1986TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ahí te quiero ver1984TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Una rosa al viento1984Himself
Bla, bla, bla1983TV SeriesHimself
Especial Nochevieja 19761976TV MovieHimself - Performer
The Mike Douglas Show1964-1976TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Elvis: That's the Way It Is1970DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1968TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Bandleader
The Ed Sullivan Show1954-1967TV SeriesHimself - Band Leader / Himself / Himself - Audience Bow
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1966TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Dean Martin Show1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest
An Evening with...1965TV SeriesHimself
Sábado 641965TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1962-1963TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1957-1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Bandleaer / Himself - / ...
The Timex Show1959TV MovieHimself
Chelsea at Nine1959TV SeriesHimself
The George Burns Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Guest Bandleader
The Voice of Firestone1958TV SeriesHimself
The Big Record1958TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1951-1958TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself - Band Leader / Sketch Actor
The Xavier Cugat Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Susana y yo1957Himself
Person to Person1957TV Series documentaryHimself
Lo scapolo1955Himself
The Red Skelton Hour1955TV SeriesHimself
Place the Face1954TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1953TV SeriesCelebrity Guest
The Name's the Same1953TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
The Kate Smith Evening Hour1952TV SeriesHimself
Songs for Sale1951TV SeriesHimself
Cavalcade of Bands1950TV SeriesHimself (with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra)
Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City1949Documentary shortHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1948TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sexo, maracas y chihuahuas2016DocumentaryHimself
The Latin Explosion: A New America2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Musician
Memòries de la tele2007-2011TV SeriesHimself
50 años de2010TV SeriesHimself
Spanish Hollywood2010DocumentaryHimself
53 premis Sant Jordi de cinematografia2009TV SpecialHimself
España baila. De 'La vaca lechera' al 'Aserejé'2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
De l'Havana a Barcelona2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
50 y más2005TV MovieHimself
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryOrchestra Leader (uncredited)
Entertaining the Troops1988DocumentaryHimself
Roots of Rhythm1984TV SeriesHimself
That's Entertainment!1974Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesHimself - Orchestra Leader
Moments in Music1950Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1500 Vine Street.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn 8 February 1960. At 1601 Vine Street.


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#Trademark
1Moustache
2He was well known for holding a puppy chihuahua in his arms as he led his orchestra.

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