Born: January 1, 1900
Died: October 27, 1990
Occupation: Musician, singer, songwriter, actor
Biography: Xavier Cugat was a Spanish-American bandleader who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba. A trained violinist and arranger, he was a key personality in the spread of Latin music in United States popular music. He was also a cartoonist and a successful businessman. In New York, his was the leader of the resident orchestra at the Waldorf-Astoria before and after World War II.