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Ramon Novarro

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Published on Aug 19, 2012

Ramón Novarro was born on February 6, 1899 of Mexican descent. A leading man actor in Hollywood in the early 20th century. He was the next male "Sex Symbol" after the death of Rudolph Valentino. Novarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego in Durango, Mexico. His father, Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, to escape the Mexican Revolution in 1913. Prior to the Mexican Revolution, the Samaniegos were an influential and well-respected family in Mexico.
Ramon's grandfather, Mariano Samaniego, was a well-known physician in Juarez. Known as a charitable and outgoing man, he was once an interim governor for the State of Chihuahua and was the first city councilman of El Paso, Texas. Ramon's father, Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego, was born in Juarez and attended high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After receiving his degree in dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to Durango, Mexico, and began a flourishing dental practice. In 1891 he married Leonor Gavilan, the beautiful daughter of a prosperous landowner. The Gavilans were descendants of Spanish and Aztec blood. The family estate was called the "Garden of Eden". Thirteen children, including Ramon were born on the estate. Novarro was the victim of a violent extortion attempt which resulted in his death on October 30, 1968.

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