His first major role was as one of Clara Bow's love interests in the collegiate comedy The Plastic Age (1925). In 1927, he played Armand in Camille opposite Norma Talmadge, with whom he was romantically linked. He went to star opposite Talmadge in several more films but when sound ended her career, Roland's voice was well suited for the new medium and his career continued uninterrupted. He starred in several Spanish language adaptations of American films and continued as a romantic lead.
Beginning in the 1940s, Roland's roles became smaller but critics began to take notice of his acting and he was praised for his excellent supporting roles in John Huston's We Were Strangers (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). He also appeared in a series of films in the mid 40s as the popular character The Cisco Kid. His last appearance was in the 1982 western movie Barbarosa.
He was married to actress Constance Bennett from 1941 to 1946. His second marriage to Guillermina Cantu in 1954 lasted until his death in 1994.
Roland died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 88.
Gilbert Roland Facts
|Birth Name||Luis Antonio Damaso de Alonso|
|Birthday||December 11, 1905|
|Date of death||May 15, 1994 (Beverly Hills, California, USA, age 88)|
|Height||6' (1m83) How tall is Gilbert Roland compared to you?|
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