Ned Romero

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Ned Romero
Ned Romero 1970.jpg
Romero in 1970.
Ned Romero

(1926-12-04)December 4, 1926
DiedNovember 4, 2017(2017-11-04) (aged 90)
Years active1963–2006
TelevisionDan August
Spouse(s)Jolene Lontere

Ned Romero (December 4, 1926 - November 4, 2017[1]) was an American actor and opera singer who appeared in television and film.

Early years[edit]

Romero was born in Franklin, the seat of St. Mary Parish in South Louisiana, the son of Anna and Sidney Romero. His ancestry is Chitimacha Native American, as well as Spanish and French.

Romero is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where he earned a master's degree in music.[2]


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).[3]


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.[4] His roles as a regular cast member on TV shows included portraying investigator Bob Ramirez on The D.A.,[5] Broken Foot on Born to the Wind[6]:125 and Sgt. John Rivera on Dan August.[6]

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.

He also starred in a television drama of the life of Chief Joseph entitled: I Will Fight No More Forever. In 2006, he appeared in the feature film Expiration Date.

Personal life[edit]

Romero's second wife was singer and dancer Jolene Lontere.[7]




  1. ^ "Ned Joseph Romero (1926-2017) - Find A Grave..."
  2. ^ "Young Actor Ned Romero Has Rich Heritage for Big Role". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. March 22, 1962. p. 38. Retrieved June 6, 2017 – via open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "("Ned Romero" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 7 June 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  4. ^ Ned Romero-The Definitive Native American Actor Archived 2009-04-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Penton, Edgar (September 12, 1971). "Robert Conrad is an actor -- not a stuntman". The Post-Crescent. Wisconsin, Appleton. p. 90. Retrieved June 6, 2017 – via open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 230. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  7. ^ Miller, Diane (December 5, 1970). "'Dan August' Co-Stars Have Varied Backgrounds". The Pantagraph. Illinois, Bloomington. p. 28. Retrieved June 6, 2017 – via open access publication – free to read

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