13TH ANNUAL TEXAS FILM HALL OF FAME AWARDS
"A smashingly beautiful guy" was how a young Bette Davis described
actor Gilbert Roland. Born Luis Antonio Damaso de Alonso in Cuidad
Juarez, Mexico on December 11, 1905, Roland moved north of the border
into Texas with his family during the Mexican Revolution but Hollywood
beckoned and he found film work in 1918 in a Cecil B. DeMille silent,
JOAN THE WOMAN. By the '20s, he was a contemporary of Rudolph Valentino
and starred with lover Norma Talmadge in the 1926 CAMILLE. The Latin
Lover image sustained Roland through the '30s, and in 1946 and '47, he
starred as the Cisco Kid in six films of the series. Roland's career
lasted an astonishing eight decades and included roles in SHE DONE HIM
WRONG (1933), CAPTAIN KID (1945), THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952),
AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (1956), and BARBAROSA (1982). Gilbert
Roland died in 1994.
Cheech Marin comedian and actor who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech & Chong during the 1970s and early 1980s, and as Don Johnson's quick-and-scheme partner, Insp. Joe Dominguez on Nash Bridges
. He has also voiced characters in several Disney movies, including OLIVER AND COMPANY, THE LION KING and CARS.