Wednesday, January 14, 2009

And now Ricardo Montalban has left us

Just minutes after writing about the passing of Patrick McGoohan, and I was notified of another screen legend who has exited the stage...

Fox News is now reporting that Ricardo Montalban has died at the age of 88.

Was there ever a cinematic villain as single-minded in his obsession to destroy as Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? Montalban only appeared in the role twice (for the 1982 film and the original Star Trek episode "Space Seed" that first introduced the eugenics warlord) but the raw power that he brought to the character was enough to secure him forever in the memory of pop culture. And of course, he was the ever-mysterious Mr. Roarke on ABC's Fantasy Island... and I had been hoping that he might somehow get worked into a cameo on Lost, 'cuz it seemed so appropriate. He also appeared in numerous other films over the years, particularly musicals for MGM. And let us not forget the car commercials he did back in the day, where he paid exquisite attention to the "Cor-een-thee-an leather"...

He will be missed.

4 comments:

Scott said...

Montalban was a devout Christian and spoke often of his faith in Christ. Did you know that?

Chris Knight said...

Actually, I did now that. I heard him talk about his religion once on television. He seemed very earnest and sincere about it.

And in Star Trek II, those were Montalban's real pecs! He was 60 when he made that movie! I've heard that he stayed buff like that well into his 80s.

Anonymous said...

KHAN!!!! Ah, one of the best bad guys in all of sci-fi history....so sad to see him go, but good to know he has gone on to a far Greater Glory than anything here on earth.

Anonymous said...

RIP, Mr. Montalban.