Ricardo Alberto Fernando Ricardo y de Acha III
, a.k.a. Ricky Ricardo
, is a main character in the television show I Love Lucy
. He is the husband of Lucy Ricardo
(played by Lucille Ball
) and the father of their son Little Ricky. He is a band leader and his trademark song is "Babalu
." As he was born in Cuba
, he often speaks Spanish
, usually when he gets excited or angry. He is played by Desi Arnaz
, the real-life husband of Lucille Ball.
On the show, Ricky met Lucy on a blind date and is the father of their son, Little Ricky. He is very handsome and speaks with an accent.
The character, and the actor who portrayed him (Desi Arnaz), are memorialized in the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in
Jamestown, New York.
(See also SaveLucyDesiCenter.org)