View Full Version : RIP, Ricardo Montalban...

14th January 09, 07:41 PM
A legend passes...

Ricardo Montalban will always be Khan to me

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i141/forstevee/Khan.jpgThe late Ricardo Montalban had a titanic career -- spanning some 60-odd years -- during which the Mexican actor kicked up his heels in MGM musicals and granted wishes on Fantasy Island, set the stage for ape rebellions and tangled with men from U.N.C.L.E, swung with nighttime soap stars and lent his voice to Family Guy. It doesn't matter than he won an Emmy (for 1978's How the West Was Won) or was nominated for a Tony (for 1958's Jamaica)...to me, he will always be Khan.

He will always be Captain Kirk's finest foe, the would-be conqueror who first tried to steal the Enterprise in the classic Star Trek episode "Space Seed" and then finally robbed Kirk of his best friend in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Montalban's magnetic, robust presence; that voice that sounded like a ride over rolling hills -- he made Khan Noonien Singh the worst kind of despot: the kind you're pretty sure you'd die for. The product of a Eugenics program that rendered him stronger and smarter than the average bear, Khan was a tragic figure -- the man who would not be denied, born into a world that did nothing buy deny him his birthright -- and that tragedy is part of what lifts Star Trek II to an almost Shakespearean level.

Some may choose to remember Montalban as the benign Mr. Roarke, with his white suit and diminutive assistant, teaching life lessons on a mystical island resort, or as the suave movie star romancing Shirley Maclaine in Sweet Charity, helping teach her the ways of the world. Me? I will always remember him, teeth gritted, quoting Moby Dick as he hurls one final benediction toward Admiral Kirk: "To the last, I will grapple with thee...from Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!"

Not the warmest sentiment, I know, but fitting nevertheless.


Link. (http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/01/ricardo-montalb.html)

Link to a much better article that actually goes into detail about Ricardo's life. (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-me-montalban15-2009jan15,0,3732229.story)


Dark Helmet
14th January 09, 07:55 PM

14th January 09, 11:18 PM
Da Plane ! Boss..Da Plane!!

15th January 09, 04:26 AM
I'll always remember how he said 'Cordoba' and told us about the fine corinthian leather seats....

RIP Ricardo

15th January 09, 04:31 AM
I'll always remember how he said 'Cordoba' and told us about the fine corinthian leather seats....

RIP Ricardo



A fan favorite, for sure.


15th January 09, 04:33 AM
The next Cordoba commercial:


15th January 09, 08:01 AM
RIP, Mr. Montalban.

15th January 09, 12:00 PM
You task me.

15th January 09, 12:48 PM
Smiles, everyone, smiles.

He always struck me as a class act. Even in some of the lesser films he did, surrounded by less talented actors, he always gave a solid performance.

Rest in peace good sir.

Spade: The Real Snake
15th January 09, 01:23 PM
Wonder if they finished out his casket in fine Corinthian leather.

15th January 09, 01:31 PM
Well, I think I might bust out my old VHS copy of Star Trek 2 tonight. Just for old times sake...

Sun Wukong
15th January 09, 03:30 PM

Sun Wukong
15th January 09, 03:35 PM

15th January 09, 04:49 PM
Might I add:

Dark Helmet
15th January 09, 06:39 PM

16th January 09, 04:03 PM
He made drinking Coffeee seem really cool, remember those commercials?
Maxwell House. I believe.
I think he should have done more acting, actually. He could have handled bigger roles.

16th January 09, 04:09 PM
This sold me.


16th January 09, 06:00 PM
The world's been a bleaker place since they stopped making Freakazoid.

19th January 09, 12:33 AM
I always think of Ricardo Montalban when I see these commercials. It's the same vibe I guess.


Sun Wukong
19th January 09, 01:31 AM
Oh, and Rest In Peace, Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino

The coolest Mexican actor ever. Oh, and holy crap, he was 88 years old.