Desi Arnaz (1936-1982)
Even though the Cuban actor starred on I Love Lucy more than 50 years ago (1951-1957), Desi Arnaz's character Ricky Ricardo often mispronounced English words, much like Sofia Vergara does on Modern Family. (Check out the hilarious clip below to see Lucy (Lucille Ball) correct Ricky's English after every other word)! Because I Love Lucy premiered in the 50s, some TV execs worried that a show about a white woman married to a Latino with a thick accent would not be agreeable to American viewers. Boy were they wrong! Americans quickly realized that Lucy and Ricky were just like any other married couple—they had disagreements, fought, had a hard time understanding one another, and made up after big fights. All Desi's accent did was make those events more humorous!