Published on January 21, 2014 by Amy
Ned Romero (born 1925) is an American actor and opera singer who has appeared in television and film.
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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. He 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!.
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. 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, and Emergency!.
In 1990 he starred in 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 and was nominated for an Emmy award as Best Actor. In 2006, he appeared in the feature film Expiration Date.