Desi Arnaz Jr. is a Los Angeles, California-born American actor and musician, probably best known for his roles in movies including “The Brady Bunch” and “Police Story” among others. Born to veteran entertainers Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball on 19 January 1953, the actor has been a part of the American entertainment industry since his birth, as his birth itself was filmed and made a part of the television sitcom “I Love Lucy” on national television, in which both his parents starred.
A successful actor and a musician born with a silver spoon in his mouth, just how rich is Desi Arnaz Jr. as of early 2017? Authoritative sources estimate that Desi’s net worth is over $40 million, accumulated from his career in the entertainment industry since the late ‘50s, plus inheritance from both of his parents.
Desi Arnaz, Jr. Net Worth $40 Million
Being a son to star actors showed him the way to the entertainment industry. Inclined towards music, Desi started a band named Dino, (Dean Martin’s son) Desi, & Billy at the age of twelve in which his role was to play the drums. The band went on to have hit singles “I’m A Fool” and “Not The Lovin’ Kind”, which not only gave exposure to the child artists, but also helped Desi find his inspiration to become an entertainer for life. He then started his acting career as he and his sister played the roles of his mother Lucy’s children in the movie “Here’s Lucy” in 1968. Eventually, he appeared in Hollywood movies including “Red Sky at Morning”, “Billy Two Hats” in the title role opposite Gregory Peck, “Joyride”, “A Wedding”, “House of the Long Shadows”, “The Mambo Kings” and several more. All of these movies added to his wealth in a significant way.
Desi Arnaz’s acting career was not confined to Hollywood movies, as he has been seen on television more often than the big screen. He has appeared in television series and TV movies such as “Black Market Baby”, “Police Story”, “Automan”, “Gridlock” and “Advice to the Lovelorn” among many more. All of these television and movie skits have added greatly to Desi’s riches.
Apart from being an actor and musician, he is also the owner of the “Boulder Theatre”, which is based in Nevada. This theatre speaks for Desi’s love towards acting, while also helping him add to his net worth with its revenue. Desi also did not forget the musical side of his career, as he reformed the band Dino, Desi & Billy now called Ricci, Desi & Billy as Ricci Martin joined the band in 1998 to fill the part left by Dean Paul Martin, Ricci’s brother. The band toured during 1998 until 2010, performing new songs, and the hit songs sung by their previous band.
As for his personal life, Desi Arnaz has been married twice, firstly with Linda Puri from 1980 to just 1981, and then he married Amy Laura Bargiel in 1987, with whom he had two daughters. Desi is now a widower since Amy died of cancer in January 2015.
Desi's wife Amy died January 23, 2015 at the age of 63 from a long battle of cancer. Desi Arnaz Jr.'s Facebook Page operated by close family friend Jaime Vermeulen, helped carry the announcement to the fans sent out by the Arnaz Family.
According to the life Magazine announcement of his birth he weighed 3.883894 Kilos or 8 lbs 9 oz at birth the announcement of his birth appeared in the Milestones column of the time magazine issue dated 1/26/1953 one week after his birth he and his older sister Lucie averaged 7 lbs 15.5 oz.
Desi's wife Amy died on January 23, 2015 at the age of 63 after a long battle with cancer.
Father of Julia Desiree Howe born in 1969 to Susan Callahan-Howe.
Residing with wife, Amy Arnaz, in Boulder City, Nevada, where they own the Boulder Theatre (a former cinema converted into a live theater) and are very active conducting the Boulder City Ballet Company and in civic affairs. [January 2003]
Appeared as a contestant on the original The Dating Game (1965) in 1967. Lost to Spencer Leyton, a college student.
His marriage to Linda Purl was very brief (1980-1981), but they have remained long-lasting friends. Linda has performed her cabaret show at Arnaz' Boulder Theatre in Boulder City with Desi even singing a couple of numbers with her and playing drums for a number or two. He and Linda also co-starred together in a 1998 production of "Love Letters".
At age 12, he was the drummer for the hit rock act Dino, Desi, & Billy. Dino was Dean Paul Martin, Dean Martin's son. Billy was Billy Hinsche. They had a top 40 hit in 1965 with "I'm A Fool" (on Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records label, which had just been picked up for distribution by Warner Bros. Records).
Was believed to be the biological father of Patty Duke's oldest son Sean Astin until the two men developed a friendship and agreed to blood testing in the 1990s.
He appeared on the first cover of TV Guide (April 1953) with mother Lucille Ball.