Biography

To most audiences, Duncan Renaldo will always be identified as film and TV's "The Cisco Kid." However, this role occurred late in his career, which consisted of much more than just this western character. Not much is known about Renaldo's early life. In fact, his date and place of birth is still questioned. The usual given birth date is April 23, 1904. His birthplace has been generally stated as Spain--he has said that his first memories as a child were in Spain--although Romania and even New Jersey have been mentioned as well. An orphan, he never knew his actual parents and was never able to ascertain the exact date and place of his birth. He was raised and educated in various European countries and arrived in the US in the early 1920s as a stoker on a Brazilian coal ship. Entering the country on a 90-day seaman's permit, he stayed when his ship caught fire at the dock and burned to the waterline. A paltry existence as a portrait painter forced him to seek other work, and he somehow found his way into films as a producer of short features, which in turn led to on-camera work as an actor with MGM in 1928. The studio capitalized on his dashing Hispanic looks and initially typed him as a "Latin lover", but it didn't last long. In the early 1930s his career was interrupted when he was arrested and faced deportation due to his illegal immigrant status. The actor was eventually pardoned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt--his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, had bought one of Renaldo's paintings, looked into his case and persuaded her husband to pardon him. He returned to minor films for both Republic and Monogram, alternating as heroic sidekick and villain. He co-starred as one of the Three Mesquiteers in the revamped film series, and showed up regularly in 1930s and 1940s cliffhangers, including The Painted Stallion (1937), Jungle Menace (1937), Zorro Rides Again (1937), King of the Mounties (1942), Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943) The Tiger Woman (1944). In 1945 he began the Cisco Kid film series and transferred the character successfully to TV in the early 1950s, with Leo Carrillo as faithful sidekick Pancho. Renaldo made the character clean-shaven and more of a do-gooder than the roguish bandit who actually was in the books. Renaldo retired soon after the series' demise and died years later at Goleta Valley Community Hospital in California of lung cancer in 1980.

To most audiences, Duncan Renaldo will always be identified as film and TV's "The Cisco Kid." However, this role occurred late in his career, which consisted of much more than just this western character. Not much is known about Renaldo's early life. In fact, his date and place of birth is still questioned. The usual given birth date is April 23, 1904. His birthplace has been generally stated as Spain--he has said that his first memories as a child were in Spain--although Romania and even New Jersey have been mentioned as well. An orphan, he never knew his actual parents and was never able to ascertain the exact date and place of his birth. He was raised and educated in various European countries and arrived in the US in the early 1920s as a stoker on a Brazilian coal ship. Entering the country on a 90-day seaman's permit, he stayed when his ship caught fire at the dock and burned to the waterline. A paltry existence as a portrait painter forced him to seek other work, and he somehow found his way into films as a producer of short features, which in turn led to on-camera work as an actor with MGM in 1928. The studio capitalized on his dashing Hispanic looks and initially typed him as a "Latin lover", but it didn't last long. In the early 1930s his career was interrupted when he was arrested and faced deportation due to his illegal immigrant status. The actor was eventually pardoned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt--his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, had bought one of Renaldo's paintings, looked into his case and persuaded her husband to pardon him. He returned to minor films for both Republic and Monogram, alternating as heroic sidekick and villain. He co-starred as one of the Three Mesquiteers in the revamped film series, and showed up regularly in 1930s and 1940s cliffhangers, including The Painted Stallion (1937), Jungle Menace (1937), Zorro Rides Again (1937), King of the Mounties (1942), Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943) The Tiger Woman (1944). In 1945 he began the Cisco Kid film series and transferred the character successfully to TV in the early 1950s, with Leo Carrillo as faithful sidekick Pancho. Renaldo made the character clean-shaven and more of a do-gooder than the roguish bandit who actually was in the books. Renaldo retired soon after the series' demise and died years later at Goleta Valley Community Hospital in California of lung cancer in 1980.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 65

Birthday 1904-04-23

Day of Death 1980-09-03

Place of Birth -

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Renault Renaldo Duncan

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1950 The Cisco Kid (26 episodes)
1950 The Capture as Carlos
1950 The Girl from San Lorenzo as The Cisco Kid
1949 Satan's Cradle as Cisco Kid
1949 The Daring Caballero as The Cisco Kid
1949 The Gay Amigo as The Cisco Kid
1948 The Valiant Hombre as Cisco Kid
1948 Sword of the Avenger as Fernando
1947 Jungle Flight as Police Captain Costa
1945 South of the Rio Grande as The Cisco Kid
1945 In Old New Mexico as Cisco Kid
1945 The Cisco Kid Returns as Cisco Kid
1944 Sheriff of Sundown as Chihuahua Ramírez
1944 San Antonio Kid as Johnny Bennett aka San Antonio Kid
1944 The Tiger Woman as José Delgado
1944 Call of the South Seas as Commissioner Charcot
1944 The Fighting Seabees as Construction Worker at Party
1944 Hands Across the Border as Juan Morales
1943 Around the World as Dragoman
1943 Tiger Fangs as Peter Jeremy
1943 For Whom the Bell Tolls as Lt. Berrendo
1943 Mission to Moscow as Italian Reporter
1943 Border Patrol as Commandante
1942 King of the Mounties as Pierre (Ch. 1, 11-12)
1942 A Yank In Libya as Sheik David
1941 Outlaws of the Desert as Sheik Suleiman
1941 Gauchos of El Dorado as Gaucho / José Ojara
1941 Down Mexico Way as Juan
1941 King of the Texas Rangers as Lt. Pedro Garcia
1941 Bad Men of Missouri as Dan
1941 South of Panama as Captain of Police
1940 Heroes of the Saddle as Rico
1940 Oklahoma Renegades as Rico Rinaldo
1940 Rocky Mountain Rangers as Rico
1940 Gaucho Serenade as Gaucho Don José
1940 Covered Wagon Days as Rico Rinaldo
1940 Pioneers of the West as Rico
1939 South of the Border as Andreo Mendoza
1939 Cowboys from Texas as Rico Rinaldo
1939 The Kansas Terrors as Renaldo
1939 Rough Riders' Round-up as Alcalde Don Enriguez
1939 The Lone Ranger Rides Again as Juan Vasquez
1938 Spawn of the North as Ivan
1938 Tropic Holiday as Young Blood
1938 Rose of the Rio Grande as Sebastian
1937 Zorro Rides Again as Renaldo
1937 Sky Racket as Count Barksi
1937 Jungle Menace as Armand Roget
1937 The Painted Stallion as Zamorro
1937 Mile a Minute Love as Count Ribalto
1936 Ten Laps to Go as Eddie DeSylva
1936 Two Minutes to Play as Lew Ashley
1936 Rebellion as Ricardo Castillo
1936 Lady Luck as Tony Morelli
1936 Special Agent K-7 as Tony Blank
1936 Moonlight Murder as Pedro
1934 The Moth as Don Pedro
1932 Trapped in Tia Juana as Lt. Kenneth Holbert / El Zorro
1931 Trader Horn as Peru
1929 The Bridge of San Luis Rey as Esteban
1929 Clothes Make the Woman

Writing

1951 The Lady and the Bandit Story
1947 Bells of San Fernando Story Screenplay
1946 Don Ricardo Returns Screenplay
1937 Mile a Minute Love Story
1928 The Love Charm Writer

Production

1947 Bells of San Fernando Producer

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