15
Jan
09

In Passing… Ricardo Montalban (1920-2009)

ricardo_montalbanActor Ricardo Montalban passed away from on January 14th. Born Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalban y Merino in Mexico, Montalban arrived in Hollywood in the 40’s and played in many Westerns, usually as an “Indian” or “Latin lover.” The Studios suggested that he change his name to Ricky Martin, but he refused. He went on to play Japanese characters in film and TV, most notably the role of Nakamura in “Sayonara.” He’s more fondly remembered as Mr. Roarke in the TV series, “Fantasy Island” (1978-1984), the owner of a mysterious island where people can come and live out their fantasies for a price. In 1982 he reprised his role from the original “Star Trek” series in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” as the titular villain left by Capt. James T. Kirk on a planet. He was also known for being the spokesman for the Chrysler Cordoba, praising its “soft, Corinthian leather.” Montalban was 88 at the time of death.

Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

For more information check out his IMDB page at:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001544/

“Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan”

Chrysler Cordoba

“Fantasy Island” opening

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1 Response to “In Passing… Ricardo Montalban (1920-2009)”


  1. February 11, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Ricardo Montalban epitomized the suave host image; i just recently found out he starred in the Wrath of Khan too, crazy

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