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Leo Carrillo

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Years active  1915-1957
Name  Leo Carrillo
Children  Marie Antoinette Carrillo
Political party  Republican
Role  Actor
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Full Name  Leopoldo Antonio Carrillo
Born  August 6, 1880 (1880-08-06) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place  Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica
Died  September 10, 1961, Santa Monica, California, United States
Spouse  Edith Haeselbarth (m. 1913–1953)
Parents  Francisca Roland, Juan Jose Carrillo
Movies and TV shows  The Cisco Kid, Viva Villa!, The Gay Amigo, Phantom of the Opera, The Gay Desperado
Similar People  Jack Conway, Ford Beebe, O Henry, Martin Garralaga, Philip N Krasne

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Leopoldo Antonio Carrillo [Cay-reel-yo] (August 6, 1880 – September 10, 1961), was an American actor, vaudevillian, political cartoonist, and conservationist.


Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Family roots

Although he played many different ethnicities in his acting career, Leo Carrillo was Castillian Spanish and traced his ancestry in Spain to the year 1260. His great-great grandfather Jose Raimundo Carrillo (1749–1809), was a soldier in the Spanish Portola expedition colonization of Las Californias, arriving in San Diego on July 1, 1769. Franciscan Friar Junipero Serra performed the marriage ceremony for Don Jose Raimundo and Tomasa Ignacia Lugo in 1781. His great-grandfather Carlos Antonio Carrillo (1783–1852) was Governor of Alta California (1837–38). His great-uncle, Jose Antonio Carrillo, was a three-time mayor of Los Angeles and twice married to sisters of Governor Pio Pico. His paternal grandfather, Pedro Carrillo, who was educated in Boston, was a writer.

Early history

The family moved from San Diego to Los Angeles then to Santa Monica, where Carrillo's father Juan Jose Carrillo (1842–1916), served as the city's police chief and later the first mayor. His cousin was Broadway star William Gaxton (real name Arturo Antonio Gaxiola). Proud of his heritage, Carrillo wrote a book, The California I Love, published shortly before his death in 1961.


A university graduate, Carrillo worked as a newspaper cartoonist for the San Francisco Examiner before turning to acting on Broadway. In Hollywood, he appeared in more than 90 films, including The Gay Desperado (1936), in which he usually played supporting or character roles.

However, he is best remembered from the television series The Cisco Kid, on which, beginning at the age of seventy, he portrayed the sidekick Pancho, a role that he had previously played in several films. Duncan Renaldo (1904–1980) starred as The Cisco Kid. The popular syndicated series ran from 1950 until 1956, notable as the first TV series filmed in color. After The Cisco Kid ended production, Carrillo appeared in the episode "Rescue at Sea" of the syndicated military drama, Men of Annapolis.

Civic contributions

A preservationist and conservationist, Carrillo served on the California Beach and Parks commission for eighteen years and played a key role in the state's acquisition of Hearst Castle at San Simeon, Los Angeles Arboretum, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. He was eventually made a goodwill ambassador by the California Governor at the time.

As a result of his service to California, west of Malibu on CA-1 Pacific Coast Highway, a 1.5 mile beach is named Leo Carrillo State Park in his honor. (Fittingly, this beach named for an actor appears in many movie and TV productions due to its dramatic cliffs, rocks and cave.) City of Westminster, California named an elementary school for him. Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, originally Rancho de los Kiotes, in Carlsbad, California, is a registered California Historical Site. Rancho Carrillo Trail, also in Carlsbad, is named for Leo Carrillo.

Carrillo was a Republican. In 1944, for instance, he performed a "Wild West" act at the massive rally organized by David O. Selznick in the Los Angeles Coliseum in support of the Dewey-Bricker ticket as well as Governor Earl Warren of California, who would become Dewey's running mate in 1948 and later the Chief Justice of the United States. The gathering drew 93,000, with Cecil B. DeMille as the master of ceremonies and with short speeches by Hedda Hopper and Walt Disney. Among the others in attendance were Ann Sothern, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Adolphe Menjou, Gary Cooper, Eddy Arnold, William Bendix, and Walter Pidgeon.

Personal life

In 1913, Carrillo married Edith Shakespeare Haeselbarth, of Nyack, New York, whom he met backstage at the New York City theater where she had seen him perform. They remained together until her death in 1953. They lived in "Los Alisos" ("The Sycamores") on Channel Road, in Santa Monica Canyon. The Carrillos had one child, a daughter, Marie Antoinette. They spent part of their time at their 4,500-acre (1,800 ha) ranch in Carlsbad. Carrillo frequently permitted Boy Scout groups to camp on the grounds.


Leo Carrillo died of cancer in 1961 at the age of eighty-one and is interred at Santa Monica's Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery.


For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Leo Carrillo has one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1635 Vine Street, and another on the 1500 block for his work in television.


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