Romero began his career in 1943 as an opera singer, appearing in productions with the San Francisco Opera and in Los Angeles. He also appeared in musicals, such as Kiss Me, Kate, Kismet and Oklahoma!. On Broadway, he appeared in 3 for Tonight (1954).
After twenty years on the stage, he moved into television and film. His first television appearance was an opera skit on CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis with Dwayne Hickman, in which he performed a medley of famous opera arias. His roles as a regular cast member on TV shows included portraying investigator Bob Ramirez on The D.A., Broken Foot on Born to the Wind and Sgt. John Rivera on Dan August.
He appeared in dozens of films and television programs. His credits include appearances in Walker: Texas Ranger, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Custer, Police Woman, Land of the Lost, Kung Fu, The Six Million Dollar Man, Ironside, Death Valley Days, The Incredible Hulk, Adam-12, and Emergency!, and in an unaired episode of the short-lived series The New Land.
In 1990 he starred in the soap opera Santa Barbara as Shamar, an Indian who gave Cruz the talisman.
He also starred in a television drama of the life of Chief Joseph entitled: I Will Fight No More Forever. In 2006, he appeared in the feature film Expiration Date.
ROMERO, Ned (Ned Joseph Romero)
Born: 12/4/1926, Franklin, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Died: 11/4/2017, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.
Ned Romero’s westerns – actor:
The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1968 (Angelo, Tza'Wuda)
The Talisman – 1966 (The Indian)
Shane (TV) – 1966 (Chips)
Custer (TV) – 1967 (Running Feet)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1967, 1968, 1970 (Running-in-a-Circle, Geronimo Kid, Naranjo, Father de la Cuesta
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1967, 1968 (Rinaldo, Carlos Mendoza)
Laredo (TV) – 1967 (Captain Montoya)
Rango (TV) - 1967
Winchester 73 (TV) – 1967 (Wild Bear)
Hang ‘Em High – 1968 (Charlie Blackfoot)
Bonanza (TV) – 1968 (White Wolf)
Mark of the Gun – 1969
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here - 1969 (Tom)
Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Wichita Jim)
Gentle Savage – 1973 (Richard Allen)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1974, 1975 (Lame Dog, Indian leader)
I Will Fight No More Forever – (TV) – 1975 (Chief Joseph)
The Quest (TV) – 1976 (Salcedo)
Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1977 (Chingachgook)
Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (TV) – 1977 (
The Deerslayer (TV) – 1978 (Chingachgook)
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (TV) – 1978 (Silver Fox)
Born to the Wind (TV) – 1982 (Broken Foot)
The Mystic Warrior (TV) – 1982 (Wisa)
Houston: The Legend of Texas (TV) - 1986 (Chief John Jolley)
Stranger on My Land (TV) - 1988 (Doc)
The Magnificent Seven (TV) – 1998 (Seminole Chief)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1998, 1999, 2000 (Judge Henry Fivekills, Shaman, Ned Grey Fox