Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ricardo Montalban, 1920-2009

Ricardo Montalban in a scene from 'The Singing Nun'

The death has been announced of actor Ricardo Montalban. Montalban is probably best remembered today for having played Mr. Roarke on the early 1980s television series Fantasy Island, as well as for his role as Khan in an episode of Star Trek, which he later reprised in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

However, Montalban appeared in quite a few movies before his time on Fantasy Island, from frothy romps with Esther Williams (On an Island With You); to playing a Japanese kabuki actor (Sayonara, and yes, he realy did play a Japanese man!); to his role as a priest pictured above in The Singing Nun.

Montalban was 88.

If you wish to see the rich diversity of Montalban's work, TCM will be preempting their previously scheduled programming on the morning and afternoon of Friday, January 23, in order to show seven of his movies.

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