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Subject: Archive: Fernando Lamas, Oct. 8, 1982

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Date Posted: Monday, October 08, 05:53:04pm

Fernando Lamas, the silver-haired star of numerous ''Latin lover'' movies, died today of cancer. He was 67 years old.

Mr. Lamas, who died at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center, had complained of back pain when he withdrew from a role in a new television series last month, said Carol Fleisher, an NBC aide. He was to have appeared in a supporting role in the adventure series ''Gavilan,'' starring Robert Urich, which is scheduled to have its debut following the World Series.

Mr. Lamas had filmed scenes for five episodes, playing Caesar D. Tortuga, a sophisticated bon vivant who belongs to an aristocratic South American family left penniless after an unsuccessful coup. He was replaced by Patrick MacNee and all of his scenes were refilmed.

The dashing Argentine-born entertainer had starred in more than 40 motion pictures and directed more than 60 televison shows since his Hollywood debut in 1951.

Married to Esther Williams

He met the actress Esther Williams when she made ''Dangerous When Wet,'' and they were married in 1963. Both were champion swimmers. ''When M-G-M first signed me, Esther was the box office queen of the lot,'' Mr. Lamas said in a 1960 interview. ''As I came here on the plane, I though to myself that I wanted to be a serious actor. If I tell them I can swim, then my career will drown before it starts in Esther's pool.

''I was at the studio three years before I got assigned to one of Esther's pictures. The director took me aside and told me not to worry about the swimming scenes. We got in the pool. Esther waited and looked back. But I wasn't there. I was about six lengths ahead of her.''

Earlier, the actor was married to the actress Arlene Dahl. Their son, Lorenzo Lamas, appears on the television show ''Falcoln Crest.''

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Lorenzo Lamas talks about his parentsLinkMonday, October 08, 05:55:05pm
I'll never forget reading in his obit all those years ago, that he complained of back pain to the doctor, and he was dead from the cancer a month later. (NT)But he looked faauvelous!Wednesday, October 10, 10:04:01am

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