Cesar Romero was a classically handsome, debonair Latin lothario of stage, film and television for nearly seven decades and an omnipresence on the Hollywood social circuit long after he had given up acting.
To younger audiences, the enduring and versatile Romero was most familiar as the Joker in the television series "Batman" in the mid-1960s and opposite Jane Wyman as matriarch Angela Channing's husband, Peter Stavros, on "Falcon Crest" from 1985 to 1988.
Although he began on Broadway, Romero was probably better known for the dozen or so musical comedy films he made for 20th Century Fox in the 1930s to 1950s opposite such stars as Alice Faye and Betty Grable, and for his role as the Cisco Kid in a series of films.
Romero began his career as a nightclub dancer, and throughout his life was regarded as Hollywood's most desirable dancing partner at parties as well as on stage or screen.
Romero made his stage debut as a dancer in the 1927 New York show "Lady Do," and made his Broadway debut as Ricci in the 1932 play "Dinner at Eight," which ran for more than 300 performances.
Other plays included "Stella Brady," "All Points West," "Spring in Autumn," "Ten Minute Alibi" and "Mr. Barry's Etchings." He toured as the Count di Ruvo in "Strictly Dishonorable."
Moving to Hollywood, Romero made an early film appearance as Jorgensen in "The Thin Man" in 1934. Other early films in the 1930s included "British Agent," "Show Them No Mercy," "Metropolitan," "Love Before Breakfast," "Wee Willie Winkie," "Happy Landing," "My Lucky Star," the Cisco Kid series and "The Gay Caballero."
After World War II, he resumed his light comedy roles with "Carnival in Costa Rica," "Captain From Castille," "That Lady in Ermine" and "Deep Waters."
During the 1950s, he made such films as "Happy Go Lovely," "Lost Continent," "Prisoners of the Casbah," "The Americano" and the classic "Around the World in 80 Days."
His film career continued well into the 1960s with such films as "Ocean's Eleven," "The Castilian," "Sergeant Deadhead" and "Marriage on the Rocks."
But in the 1950s and 1960s, Romero also became a popular guest on various television series. Along with "Batman," he was the urbane, mysterious foreign courier in the series "Passport to Danger," and appeared frequently in variety series such as the Milton Berle, Martha Raye, Dinah Shore, Betty Hutton, Red Skelton and Jimmy Stewart shows.