Desi Arnaz Jr. Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Wife

Desi Arnaz Jr. Net Worth

Desi Arnaz Jr. has an estimated net worth of $45 million. Desi Arnaz Jr. is a well-known actor and musician who was born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV. He was born into the spotlight as the son of two iconic Hollywood stars, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. He made his first television appearance when he was four years old and established himself as a musician by the age of twelve. He earns most of his income from television shows, movies, album sales, and concerts. 

However, the spotlight had a negative impact on him, and he began falling in love at the age of thirteen, eventually fathering his first child at the age of fifteen, while also struggling with substance abuse. He was eventually able to get out of it and establish himself as an actor.

He has 38 film credits, the most recent of which was The Mambo Kings (1992), in which he played his father. He later returned to his music. He now lives in Boulder City, Nevada, where he bought and renovated the historic Boulder Theatre in 1997 and has run the Boulder City Ballet Company from there ever since.

To calculate the net worth of Desi Arnaz Jr., subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets.

All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities. 

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Let’s take a close look at Desi Arnaz Jr. and how he became so rich today.

Name: Desi Arnaz Jr.
Net Worth: $45 Million
Monthly Salary: $200 Thousand
Annual Income: $5 Million
Source of Wealth: Musician, Actor, Drummer

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Early Life

Desi Arnaz Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California on January 19, 1953. Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, better known as Desi Arnaz, was a Cuban-American actor-musician, and his mother, Lucille Désirée Ball, was a Hollywood legend. Lucie Désirée Arnaz, his elder sister, is also a successful actress.

His parents were stars in the popular television series I Love Lucy at the time of his birth. His mother’s television character, Lucy Ricardo, gave birth to a son named Little Ricky on the day he was born.

When Desi Arnaz Jr. was three years old, he went to the sets of I Love Lucy and saw another kid playing his parents’ son and felt his first pang of jealousy. It didn’t help matters when people started calling him Little Ricky.

He grew to dislike everything about Little Ricky and aspired to be better than him in every way. It eventually led to an identity crisis. Meanwhile, in 1957, he made his debut as an uncredited spectator in an episode of I Love Lucy.

His parents’ marriage had crumbled by 1960 due to his father’s alcoholism and infidelity. They divorced on May 4, 1960, but remained on good terms until Desi Arnaz’s death.

He and his sister were sent to New York in 1961, where they attended St. Vincent Ferrer School.

He appeared in six episodes of The Lucy Show, a spin-off of the well-known I Love Lucy, from 1962 to 1965.

Music Career

Desi Arnaz Jr. met Dean Martin‘s son, Dean Paul Martin (Dino), and Billy Hinsche while attending Good Shepherd Beverly Hills Catholic School in 1964. Dino, Desi, and Billy eventually formed their own band, releasing Since You Broke My Heart / We Know the same year.

The band’s best-known song, I’m A Fool, was released in 1965 and peaked at number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. In the same year, they had another hit, Not the Lovin’ Kind, which peaked at number twenty-five. Desi played the drum in them.

I’m A Fool, their first album, was released in 1965. It was followed by three more albums in 1966: Our Time Is Coming, Memories Are Made of This, and Souvenir. The three boys also appeared in Dean Martin’s film Murderers’ Row in 1966.

The band disbanded in 1969. They had released 17 singles by that point and had toured as an opening act for many well-known musical acts, including the Beach Boys.

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Acting Career

Desi Arnaz Jr. made his acting debut in 1968, when he was about fifteen years old, as Craig Carter in the CBS sitcom Here’s Lucy for the first three seasons. He also appeared in two episodes of The Mothers-In-Law the same year.

From 1970 on, he began to make regular appearances on television, playing minor roles in shows such as The Brady Bunch, Love, American Style, Mod Squad, and Night Gallery. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School around this time.

In 1971, he made his film debut as Bo Jo Jones in Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones. Another highlight of this year was his performance as William ‘Steenie’ Stenopolous in Red Sky at Morning.

In 1973, he played Marco Polo in the Japanese musical adventure film Marco, and in 1974, he played another title role, this time in Billy Two Hats. Meanwhile, he continued to appear on television in shows such as She Lives! and Voyage of the Yes.

In 1976, he appeared in an episode of The Streets of San Francisco and co-hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live with his father.

He played Scott in Joyride, Steve Aletti in Black Market Baby, and Rick Bender in Flight to Holocaust in 1977.

He continued to appear in various television productions throughout the 1970s, including How to Pick Up Girls!, To Kill a Cop, and The Courage and the Passion in 1978, and Crisis in Mid-Air in 1979. Gridlock (1980), Advice to the Lovelorn (1981), and Fake-Out (1982) followed (1982).

He played Walter Nebicher in 13 episodes of Automan from December 1983 to August 1984. Following that, he continued to work sporadically, appearing in his final film, The Mambo Kings, in 1992, as his father.

In 1998, he resurrected his musical career with old friends Billy Hinsche and Ricci Martin (the youngest son of Dean Martin), touring with his band, Ricci, Desi & Billy, until he decided to retire from the spotlight in 2010.

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Awards & Achievements

Desi Arnaz Jr. received a Golden Globe Award in the category of New Star of the Year – Actor for his performance in Red Sky at Morning in 1972.

In 2002, he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Program.

Personal Life & Wife

Desi Arnaz Jr. has been trapped in a love illusion since he was thirteen years old. By the age of fifteen, he was in a relationship with Susan Callahan-Howe, with whom he had his eldest daughter, Julia Arnaz, in 1968. Julia’s paternity was established through a paternity test in 1991.

At seventeen, he began dating Patty Duke, then twenty-three, and accompanied her to the 1970 Emmy Awards ceremony. Despite telling her son, Sean Austin (born in 1971), that Arnaz was his biological father, it was later revealed that he was not.

Arnaz married actress Linda Purl in 1979. The marriage, however, ended in divorce the following year.

Desi Arnaz Jr. married Amy Laura Bargiel on October 8, 1987, and eventually adopted Haley, Amy’s daughter from her first marriage to Gary Charf. Amy died on January 23, 2015, from brain cancer.

Desi Arnaz Jr. Quotes

I had never intended to be on the show more than three years, regardless of how successful it was. I had other things I wanted to do. And I was offered a role in ‘Red Sky at Morning’, [1970]. I got that part because [producer] Hal Wallis had seen the HERE’S LUCY show with Ann-Margaret. It was a thrill for me, getting to do the drama and comedy. It was such a good role. So I missed several episodes of the show to shoot the movie. And I never came back but one.

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