|— Matador ♂ —|
|Born||Carlos Ruiz Camino
February 17, 1920
Mexico City, Mexico
|Died||May 20, 1966
Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico
|Nickname||El Ciclón (The Cyclone)|
Carlos Arruza (February 17, 1920 – May 20, 1966), born Carlos Ruiz Camino, was one of the most prominent bullfighters of the 20th century. He was known as "El Ciclón" ("the cyclone").
Arruza retired to a ranch outside Mexico City in 1953, but made a comeback as a rejoneador, fighting bulls from horseback. He appeared in two Mexican films about bullfighting, and had a part in the 1960 John Wayne film The Alamo. He was the subject of the 1971 documentary Arruza, directed by Budd Boetticher. Arruza's sons, Manolo and Carlos Jr., also became prominent toreros.
Calle Carlos Arruza, a small street in downtown Tucson, Arizona, is named after Arruza. According to Arizona Daily Star historical writer David Leighton it may be the only street in the U.S. named after a bullfighter.
The composition Carlos, by jazz composer and bandleader Gerald Wilson, is dedicated to Arruza. The piece features virtuoso trumpet playing and has been recorded three times by Wilson's band: in 1966 with Jimmy Owens on trumpet, 1989 with Oscar Brashear, and 1995 with Ron Barrows.
- Encyclopædia Britannica entry
- Lyn Sherwood, Reflections on the Last ‘Golden Age’ And a Lament For The Current “Bronze Age”", La Prensa San Diego, Apr. 30, 2004
- Carlos Arruza at the Internet Movie Database
- Carlos Arruza at ToroPedia.com, the English language online encyclopedia of bullfighting.
- David Leighton, "Calle Carlos Arruza Named for Famed Mexican Matador," Arizona Daily Star, Aug. 14, 2012