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Interview with César Romero on El Show de Paul Rodríguez

Identifier: MSS 0339

Scope and Content

The collection includes the filmed interview that Rodríguez conducted with Romero in the 1990s (including transcript) and a news clipping with his obituary. El Show de Paul Rodríguez was the first nationally aired, bilingual talk and sketch-comedy show, produced by Univisión from 1990 to 1994. The show was hosted by established Mexican-American comedian Paul Rodríguez. Both sketches and interviews, spoken alternatingly between English and Spanish, were translated to the audience depending on the guest. During the interview, Romero and Rodríguez discussed his career as an actor and the relationship of his mother María Mantilla de Romero with her supposed father José Martí. They discussed Mantilla's birth in relation to Martí's exile, his education of Mantilla, Martí's shackles, and the letters that he sent to Mantilla, which she donated to the Cuban Government in 1953.


  • Creation: 1992, 2008
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1992


Language of Materials

Includes materials in Spanish and English.


The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

César Romero was a Hollywood film star, actor, dancer, thespian, and grandson of Cuban poet, revolutionary, and independence fighter José Martí. Romero performed on stage, in various films, and in several well-known television programs. He was born in New York City in 1907 to Cuban parents, César Julio Romero Sr., a machinery exporter, and singer María Mantilla. Romero, made his way from the silver screen into television. His most successful and memorable role on television was his recurring role as the Joker on the series Batman (1966). Romero died at 86 years of age in 1994.


0.1 Linear feet (1 Folder)


Filmed interview of Paul Rodríguez with César Romero in which the latter discusses his career as an actor and the relationship of his mother María Mantilla de Romero with José Martí.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

Anne Fountain donated this interview in 2014.

Related Material

A Guide to the Romero Family Papers Regarding José Martí is available at

A Guide to the Interview with César Romero on El Show de Paul Rodríguez MSS 0339
Finding aid created by Daniel J. Fernández Guevara
September 2015
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America