Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fantasy Island Actor Ricardo Montalban Dies At 88

From the Los Angeles Times:

Ricardo Montalban, the suave leading man who was one of the first Mexican-born actors to make it big in Hollywood and who was best known for his role as Mr. Roarke on TV's "Fantasy Island," has died. He was 88.

Montalban died Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home of complications related to old age, said his son-in-law, Gilbert Smith.

Within the entertainment industry, Montalban was widely respected for his efforts to create opportunities for Latinos, although he and others believed that his activism hurt his career. In 1970, he founded the nonprofit Nosotros Foundation to improve the image and increase employment of Latinos in Hollywood.

While most will remember Montalban for his role on Fantasy Island, my most vivid memory of him was his role as Kahn in Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan. Here's one of my favorite clips from the movie. R.I.P. Ricardo...


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