Desi Arnaz (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban-born American musician, actor and television producer. He was a leader of a Latin Orchestra band. He is best known for his role as Ricky played on Love Lucy, starring with Lucille Ball. Spouse: Lucille Ball (m. 1940-1960: divorced). Edith Mack Hirsch (m. 1963-1985; her death). He is generally credited as the inventor of the rerun. I enjoy the reruns.