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  • ID: I00024
  • Name: Rafael Lopez de Onate
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 AUG 1896 in San Marcelino, Manila, Phillipine Islands
  • Death: 02 JAN 1969 in Los Angeles Co, California
  • Name: Ralph Novarro (stage name)
  • Note:
    Actor whose stage name was Ralph Novarro.

    Movie roles:
    Monsieur Beaucaire (1946) (uncredited) .... Thin man
    Perilous Holiday (1946) (uncredited) .... Maitre d'Hotel
    Gilda (1946) (uncredited) .... Waiter
    Bordertown (1935) (uncredited) .... Eduardo, Johnny's defense attorney
    Tres Amores (1934) .... Abogado
    ... aka Three Loves (USA: review title)
    La ciudad de cartón (1934) .... Doctor
    ... aka Cardboard City
    ... aka Hollywood, ciudad de cartón
    No dejes la puerta abierta (1933) .... Murchison
    ... aka Don't Leave the Door Open (USA: literal English title)
    Melodía prohibida (1933) .... Tom Nichols
    Eran trece (1931) .... Inspector Gardner
    La ley del harem (1931) .... Fredy Clavering
    ... aka Law of the Harem (USA: review title)
    Mamá (1931) .... Carlos
    Esclavas de la moda (1931) .... Larry
    ... aka Slaves of Fashion (literal English title)
    Carne de cabaret (1931) .... Undetermined Role
    Camino del infierno (1931) .... Traves/Detective Harrison
    Monsieur Le Fox (1930/I) .... El sargento Mooney
    El valiente (1930) .... Buck
    El cuerpo del delito (1930)
    En nombre de la amistad (1930)

    Times-Picayune, Tuesday, October 30, 1934, p. 14, column 2:
    Hollywood in Review, by George Shaffer.
    Ellen McAdoo, whose marriage to Ralph Novarro, 38-year-old Spanish language actor seems indefinitely postponed, is almost as tall as her fiance. Her fiance's height is six feet two inches. Novarro, whose real name is Rafael Lopez Novarro de Onate, played a second lead in a couple of films at Fox studio. De Onate worked in 14 Spanish-language films at Fox besides having his voice used to double dialogue in Spanish versions of English pictures. His most recent appearance was in a subordinate role to Rosita Moreno in "Don't Marry" and some of the other stories in which the prospective bridegroom of Woodrow Wilson's granddaughter appeared were "Cardboard City" with Jose Mojica, "The Valiant," "Six Hours to Live," "Hell to Heaven," "Slaves of Fashion" and "The Redeeming Kiss." He played featured parts in several of these.

    New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
    Name: Rafael Lopez DE Onate
    Arrival Date: 23 Sep 1936
    Estimated birth year: abt 1896
    Age: 40
    Gender: Male
    Port of Departure: Antwerp, Belgium
    Ship Name: Konigstein
    Search Ship Database: Search the Konigstein in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Nativity: Ph Islands
    Line: 19
    Microfilm Serial: T715
    Microfilm Roll: T715_5873
    Birth Location: Ph Islands
    Birth Location Other: San Marceline
    Page Number: 78
    Port Arrival State: New York
    Port Arrival Country: United States
    Source Citation: Year: 1936; Arrival: New York , United States; Microfilm serial: T715; Microfilm roll: T715_5873; Line: 19; .

    California Death Index, 1940-1997 California Death Index, 1940-1997
    Name: Rafael Deonate
    Social Security #: 568101119
    Sex: MALE
    Birth Date: 24 Aug 1896
    Birthplace: Philippine Islands
    Death Date: 2 Jan 1969
    Death Place: Los Angeles
    Mother's Maiden Name: Navarro
    Source Citation: Place: Los Angeles; Date: 2 Jan 1969; Social Security: 568101119.

    Mother: Navarro

    Marriage 1 Ellen Wilson McAdoo b: 21 MAY 1915 in The White House, Washington, D.C.
    • Married: 10 NOV 1934 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co, New Mexico
    • Divorced: 21 APR 1937 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, California
    • Note:
      Standard Examiner, Ogden City, Utah, Wednesday evening, October 24, 1934, p. 1, col. 3:
      Sweetheart Declares His Is Spaniard and Not Filipino
      By Norman B. Deuel, United Press Staff Correspondent.
      HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 24.--(UP)-- The motion picture romance of Ellen Wilson McAdoo, daughter of United States Senator William Gibbs McAdoo, and granddaughter of the nation's war-time president, today appeared to be cleared of racial barriers when her fiance produced evidence he was of Spanish and not Filipino blood.
      California laws prohibit the intermarriage of persons of the Caucasian and Malay races.
      Born in the Philippines, Rafael Lopez De Onate, who appeared with Miss McAdoo in Riverside to file an application for a marriage license, slapped down a packet of papers. They were replete with seals.
      They showed, De Onate said, his racial origin and his birth as a citizen of the United States.
      De Onate did not wish to talk. "If I must prove my Spanish descent," he said, "I can do so without question."
      He referred to the statement in Riverside of County Clerk D. G. Clayton: "If the question of nationality is brought into this case, as it will be, Mr. De Onate must prove he is not of the Malay race." Clayton then cited California law forbidding racial intermarriage.
      "It is all very embarrassing to me," De Onate added. "I wish no publicity. I have nothing to defend. I am not of Filipino blood and I see no reason why any question should be raised about it."
      Neither would he discuss whether his contemplated marriage was agreeable to the McAdoo family. Senator McAdoo, in New York, said it was a family matter which required no statement. Mrs. McAdoo, his divorced wife, said here she knew of her daughter's plans, but that the date for the wedding had not been set.
      Miss McAdoo, in not uncertain terms, expressed her views:
      "We've known our hearts for six months-ever since we met each other-that we were in love and were going to be married." She said she did not wish their plans to be made public until after their marriage.
      De Onate is 38 years old, his fancee 19. Both are tall. De Onate tops six feet two. His eyes are gray, his hair black.
      His ancestors are all Spanish, although he was born in Manila. His mother and father are dead, and he said he had "no living relative of importance," although the family is scattered throughout Spain.
      During the World War, when the grandfather of his fiancee was president of the United States, De Onate was connected with the state department in a special trade mission to Madrid. He was secretary to Waldemar A. Chadbourne.
      He had left the Philippines in 1912, and had been engaged in the importing business.
      Four years ago he became an actor in Spanish language films produced by Fox. Under the film name of Ralph Novarro, he achieved prominence throughout Latin America, and appeared in the lead or supporting positions in more than a score of motion pictures. He also played in a number of Spanish language productions of English language pictures.
      Then, in the whirl of Los Angeles and Hollywood social life, he met Ellen McAdoo. That was six months ago.

      Married 10 November 1934 by the Rev. George J. Weber, Pastor, First Congregational Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico at the home of William A. Keleher.

      Dallas Morning News, February 20, 1937:
      Senator McAdoo's Daughter Seeking To Divorce Actor
      Love Match Which Won Over Parental Objections Proves Failure
      LOS ANGELES, Calif. Feb. 19 (AP). -- In a brief complaint charging nonsupport, Ellen McAdoo de Onate, daughter of United States Senator W. G. McAdoo and granddaughter of the late President Woodrow Wilson, filed suit Friday for divorce from Rafael Lopez de Onate, screen actor.
      Her parents opposed her marriage to the then 38-year-old actor, known to the films as Ralph Novarro, who was twice her age. Most of the statements came from Senator McAdoo's law partner, William H. Neblett, who filed the complaint.
      Claimed Marriage Illegal.
      "Ellen has been spending $10,000 a year." He said then. "I have discovered de Onate's average annual earnings in the last five years have been $1,000. Now that her father has said he will stop her allowance and cut her off without a cent if she marries this man, I feel certain there will never be a marriage.
      "The marriage of a Caucasian to a Filipino is illegal in California," he added.
      De Onate applied for a marriage licence at Riverside but was told by the County Clerk he would have to furnish proof he was not a Filipino. He was arranging to obtain proof that although he was born in Manila, his parents were Spanish-Basque, when her parents consented to the wedding.
      Charge Nonsupport.
      They slipped away to Albuquerque, N. M., by train and were married in the home of W. J. Keleher, attorney and close friend of Senator McAdoo, Nov. 10, 1934. They went on a honeymoon trip to Europe.
      "It all goes to show the truth of the old adage that love laughs at locksmiths," commented Senator McAdoo.
      The sole charge in the divorce complaint is that de Onate failed to support his wife. They seperated only Thursday, it was said.
      Mrs. de Onate asks custody of their son, Richard, 1 1/2 years old, and "a reasonable allowance for support of herself and son."

      Time Magazine, Posted Monday, Apr. 25, 1938
      Divorced. Ellen Wilson McAdoo de Onate, 22, fourth daughter of California's Senator William Gibbs McAdoo and granddaughter of the late Woodrow Wilson; from Rafael Lopez de Onate, 41. Philippine-born cinemactor; in Los Angeles. Charge: nonsupport.

      The Atlanta Journal, April 4, 1937:
      McAdoos in Divorce Court.
      MRS. ELEANOR WILSON McADOO (right), former wife of United States Senator McAdoo and daughter of President Wilson, in court at Los Angeles with her daughter, Mrs. Ellen McAdoo de Onate, at the trial of the latter's divorce suit against Rafael Lopez de Onate, actor. Mrs. de Onate was granted the divorce on non-support charges.
      RAFAEL LOPEZ DE ONATE, handsome Spanish actor known on the screen as Ralph Novarro, as he contested the divorce suit of his wife of three years, Mrs. Ellen McAdoo de Onate.
      [photos included of Ellen McAdoo de Onate, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo and Rafael Lopez de Onate].
    1. Has Children Richard Floyd McAdoo b: 27 JUL 1935 in Vienna, Austria
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