Castro appeared as an uncredited extra in the 1946 film Holiday in Mexico. At the time, Castro was attending the University of Havana (the real college also attended by I Love Lucy’s fictitious Ricky Ricardo). The future El Commandante graduated four years later with a law degree. After forming a strong bond with the USSR, he became one of the most feared men in America during the time of the Cuban missile crisis.
Despite ruling Cuba for nearly half a century, Fidel Castro is no longer the imposing international figure he was in his heyday. The end of the Cold War caused a radical change in the scope of his power, and most of the international press he’s received in recent months has been due to health problems related to his advanced age.