Thursday, January 15, 2009

In Memoriam: Ricardo Montalban

Most people from my generation remember the late, great Ricardo Montalban (1920-2009) as the villainous madman hell bent on vengeance in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), (which this blogger can quote at will), and dozens of scene-stealing TV appearances in the 1960s and 1970s. Those with a longer memory can recall Montalban as a pioneering Latin leading man in some excellent crime dramas: Border Incident (1949) and 1950's Mystery Street. Montalban worked with Lana Turner in 1953's Latin Lovers; I loved the way he says her name--in fact, hearing him say anything was a privilege. One that we'll enjoy as long as his filmed legacy remains.

Turner Classic Movies is rescheduling its programming January 23 in tribute to Montalban:

7:30 AM Fiesta (1947)
9:30 AM Neptune’s Daughter (1949)
11:15 AM Latin Lovers (1953)
1:00 PM Border Incident (1949)
2:45 PM Battleground (1949)
4:45 PM Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
6:15 PM The Singing Nun (1966)


  1. He was great at playing evil -khan was pure pantomine

  2. I think he bears a passing resemblance to President-elect Obama on that LIFE magazine cover!

  3. Wow and I thought he was handsome as Mr. Roarke!

  4. I loved him in those Chrysler ads in the 70s "Soft Corinthian leather." He will be missed.


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