Cisco Kid, The

Duncan Renaldo starred as the Cisco Kid (a.k.a. “The Robin Hood of the Old West”) on the western adventure THE CISCO KID/SYN/1950-56, actor. Assisted by his sidekick, Pancho (Leo Carrillo), Cisco rode the dusty trails of the 1880s upholding justice in the New Mexico Territory. Cisco’s horse was Diablo; Pancho’s horse was Loco.

Note: The television series was inspired by the short story “The Caballero’s Way” written in 1907 by William Sydney Porter (a.k.a. “O. Henry”).

Unlike some early versions of Cisco which were scruffy bandito types, the 1950s TV version starred Duncan Renaldo as a proud, handsome Mexican who wore smart, tight-fitting embroidered jackets, pants and a large-brimmed sombrero which always caught the senoritas eyes.

Herbert Stanley Dunn was the first person to play the Cisco Kid in the 1923 silent movie The Caballero’s Way. Other actors to star as Cisco included Warner Baxter/1929-39); Cesar Romero/1939-41; Duncan Renaldo/1945 and 1949-50; Gilbert Roland/1946-47. On radio The Cisco Kid was played by Jackson Beck and Jack Mather. A comic strip based on O. Henry’s hero was drawn by Jose Luis Salinas in the early 1950s.

Hispanic actor Jimmy Smits starred in the movie remake The Cisco Kid (1994) with comedian Cheech Marin in the role of Pancho, his faithful companion.

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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