Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ricardo Montalban has passed...


"Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's 'Fantasy Island,' died Wednesday morning at his home, a city councilman said. He was 88. Montalban had been a star in Mexican movies when MGM brought him to Hollywood in 1946. He was cast in the leading role opposite Esther Williams in Fiesta. He also starred with the swimming beauty in On an Island with You and Neptune's Daughter.

A later generation knew Montalban as the faintly mysterious, white-suited Mr. Roarke, who presided over an island resort where visitors were able to fulfill their lifelong dreams. 'Fantasy Island' received high ratings for most of its 1978-1984 span on ABC television."

What bothers me is they fail to mention his famous sci-fi role of Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or his famous commericals advertising "Corinthian leather".

He will be missed.

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