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Romero in 1970.
December 4, 1926
Franklin, Louisiana, U.S.
November 4, 2017 (aged 90)|
Palm Desert, California
Romero began his career in 1943 as an opera singer, appearing in productions with the San Francisco Opera and in Los Angeles. He also appeared in musicals, such as Kiss Me, Kate, Kismet and Oklahoma!. On Broadway, he appeared in 3 for Tonight (1954).
After twenty years on the stage, he moved into television and film. His first television appearance was an opera skit on CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis with Dwayne Hickman, in which he performed a medley of famous opera arias. His roles as a regular cast member on TV shows included portraying investigator Bob Ramirez on The D.A., Broken Foot on Born to the Wind:125 and Sgt. John Rivera on Dan August.
He has since appeared in dozens of films and television programs. His credits include appearances in Walker: Texas Ranger, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Custer, Police Woman, Land of the Lost, Kung Fu, The Six Million Dollar Man, Ironside, Death Valley Days, The Incredible Hulk, Adam-12, and Emergency!, and in an unaired episode of the short-lived series The New Land.
In 1990 he starred in the soap opera Santa Barbara as Shamar, an Indian who gave Cruz the talisman.
Romero's second wife was singer and dancer Jolene Lontere.
- The Talisman (1966) - The Indian
- Winchester 73 (1967, TV Movie) - Wild Bear
- The Violent Ones (1967) - Mendoza
- Hang 'Em High (1968) - Charlie Blackfoot, Cooper Hanging Party
- Mark of the Gun (1969)
- Big Daddy (1969)
- Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) - Tom
- Gentle Savage (1973) - Richard Allen
- I Will Fight No More Forever (1975, TV Movie) - Chief Joseph
- The Last of the Mohicans (1977, TV Movie) - Chingachgook
- The Deerslayer (1978, TV Movie) - Chingachgook
- Gone to Texas (1986, TV Movie) - Chief John Jolley
- House IV (1992) - Ezra
- Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992) - Frank Redbear
- Fabulous Shiksa in Distress (2003) - Sam
- Expiration Date (2006) - Old Native Man (final film role)
- The Virginian - episode - Siege - Angelo (1963)
- McHale's Navy - episode - The Great Eclipse - The Fierce Native (1964)
- Get Smart - episode - Survival of the Fattest - Agent #2 (1965)
- Shane - 6 episodes - Chips (1966)
- The Munsters - episode - Heap Big Herman -Wonga (1966)
- Laredo - episode - Enemies and Brothers - Captain Montoya (1967)
- The F.B.I. - episode - The Extortionist - Esteban Rodriguez (1967)
- Bonanza - episode - In Defense of Honor - White Wolf (1968)
- Star Trek - episode - A Private Little War - Krell (1968)
- The Virginian - episode - The Heritage - Tza'Wuda (1968)
- The F.B.I. - episode - Southwind - Alarcon (1968)
- Lancer - episode - Cut the Wolf Loose - Wichita Jim (1969)
- The F.B.I. - episode - The Patriot - Jose Orledo (1969)
- Dan August - 26 episodes - Det. Joe Rivera (1970-1971)
- The D.A. - episode - The People vs. Drake - D.A. Investigator Bob Ramirez (1971)
- Banacek - episode - No Sign of the Cross - Chief Frank Mendoza (1972)
- Cannon - episode - A Long Way Down - Ben (1972)
- Adam-12 - episode - Airdrop - Sgt. Jesse Marco (1972)
- Cannon - episode - Trial by Terror - Sgt. Taggart (1973)
- Kung Fu - episodes - The Cenotaph: Parts 1 & 2 - Lame Dog (1974)
- Harry O - episode - Forty Reasons to Kill: Parts 1 & 2 - Deputy Gutierrez (1974)
- Kung Fu - episode - Flight to Orion - Indian Leader (1975)
- Police Woman - episode - Incident Near a Black and White - Gates (1975)
- The Six Million Dollar Man - episode - Divided Loyalty - Boris (1975)
- Police Woman - episode - Paradise Mall - Det. Ed (1975)
- Emergency! - episode - 905-Wild (1975) ... Officer Garcia (1975)
- Police Woman - episode - Blast - Gomez (1975)
- The Blue Knight - episode - A Slight Case of Murder (1976)
- Land of the Lost - episode - Medicine Man - Lone Wolf (1976)
- The Six Million Dollar Man - episode - The Thunderbird Connection - Akmed Khaduri (1976)
- The Incredible Hulk - episode - Rainbow's End - Thomas Logan (1978)
- Police Woman - episode - A Shadow on the Sea - Delgado (1978)
- Galactica 1980 - episode - Space Croppers Hector Alonzo (1980)
- Lou Grant - episode - Indians - Howard Sweetwater (1980)
- Dan August: The Jealousy Factor - TV Movie - Sergeant Joe Rivera (1980)
- Dan August: Once Is Never Enough - TV Movie - Sergeant Joe Rivera (1980)
- Disney's Wonderful World - episode - Sultan and the Rock Star (1980)
- Dan August: Murder, My Friend - TV Movie - Joe Rivera (1980)
- Quincy, M.E. - episode - Vigil of Fear - Ramon (1981)
- Diff'rent Strokes - episode - Burial Ground - John Longwalker (1982)
- Simon & Simon - episode - The Cop Who Came to Dinner - Clerk (1986)
- Santa Barbara - episode - Episode #1.1455. #1.1458, and #1.1459 - Shaman (1990)
- MacGyver - episode - The Mountain of Youth - Baba (1992)
- Northern Exposure - Sleeping With The Enemy - Leston (1993)
- Murder, She Wrote - episode - Northern Explosion - Joe Quill (1994)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation - episode - Journey's End - Anthwara (1994)
- Diagnosis Murder - episode - The Restless Remains - Mr. Clarke (1994)
- The Magnificent Seven - episode - Ghosts of the Confederacy - Seminole Chief (1998)
- Walker, Texas Ranger - episodes - Tribe, and War Cry - Judge Henry Fivekills (1998)
- Walker, Texas Ranger - episode - Way of the Warrior- Shaman (1999)
- Star Trek Voyager - episode - The Fight - Chakotay's Great-Grandfather (1999)
- Roswell - episode - River Dog - Season 1 episode 7 (1999)
- Walker, Texas Ranger - episode - White Buffalo - Ned Grey Fox (2000)
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