Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ricardo Montalban 1920-2009



Ricardo Montalban Dies At 88

Ricardo Montalban, whose career spanned many decades from splashy MGM musicals to the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's "Fantasy Island," died Wednesday morning at his home.

To me, his best role was Khan Noonien Singh, the villain from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

RIP.

17 Comments:

At January 15, 2009 11:09 AM, Blogger CrazyBunnyLady said...

Isn't that sad?

 
At January 15, 2009 11:26 AM, Blogger cube said...

Every year I see the retrospective in the paper about who died and I always feel sad when I see whom we've lost.

Many of these talented people are irreplaceable especially in light of the caliber of celebutards today.

 
At January 15, 2009 11:30 AM, Blogger Chuck said...

I thought he was a great Khan.

Just think, these guys are being replaced by Lindsay Lohan and Johhny Depp, etc.

 
At January 15, 2009 11:49 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

There goes another one.

*sigh*

He'll always be Kahn to me! :)

 
At January 15, 2009 12:51 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Never a fan of Star Trek - still I'd like to see The Wrath of Khan.
I did like RM.

Hey, I think Johnny Depp has done some good stuff.

 
At January 15, 2009 3:10 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I watched him on Fantasy Island, and I enjoyed his Khan role. I did not ever know anything about him in his real life.
How sad.

 
At January 15, 2009 5:26 PM, Blogger DaBlade said...

Khaaaan! De plane!
Classy dude. R.I.P.

 
At January 15, 2009 7:50 PM, Blogger cube said...

Chuck: My point exactly. We are replacing titans with pipsqueaks.

Brooke: Yeah, me too. From Space Seed to Wrath of Khan... it was good stuff.

Sue: Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan is definitely a must watch movie, but to know the villain's motivation, one must watch Star Trek: The Original Series episode which introduced Khan... The Space Seed.

It provides the back story for his hate-filled rage towards the Enterprise crew.

J.D.: Never watched Fantasy Island, but I did see the rich Corinthian leather commercials. Who could've missed those, eh?

DaBlade: Yes he was.

 
At January 15, 2009 8:26 PM, Blogger Jay said...

To really appreciate ST2: Wrath of Khan, one needs to read Moby Dick.

Montalban made that role which made it one of the best of the original series and probably the best of all the movies.

 
At January 15, 2009 8:45 PM, Blogger cube said...

Jay: Funny that you would bring up Moby Dick for ST2:WOK when it also came up so prominently in ST8: First Contact. It is definitely a theme that repeats throughout the series.

I also believe Khan was the best villain and I would award the Borg as second.

 
At January 15, 2009 8:47 PM, Blogger cube said...

jay: BTW I think any thinking adult should've read Moby Dick by the time they graduated high school or, at the latest, college. It is a classic.

 
At January 15, 2009 10:01 PM, Blogger Papa Frank said...

A loss for sure.

 
At January 15, 2009 11:24 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Moby Dick is in my top 10.

It is also a great audio book.

 
At January 16, 2009 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quoth Kramer!

"Oh sure, Jerry will tell you that "The Wrath of Khan" is the better picture, but I say it's "the Search for Spock!""

Moby Dick? Is that a book?

Queequeg

 
At January 16, 2009 6:46 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Ricardo Montalban had elegance and real class.

 
At January 18, 2009 12:16 AM, Blogger Jen said...

:-(

 
At February 11, 2009 5:43 PM, Anonymous coffee said...

Dos Equis should have hired Ricardo Montalban to do a few ads for them, he could have done their "most interesting man in the world" bit perfectly (and he has a Spanish accent)

 

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