Ricardo Montalban

Ricardo Montalban

  • Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Cannonball Run II (1984)
  • Birthday: Nov 25, 1920
  • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Though perhaps best remembered for playing the suave, mysterious Mr. Roarke on the popular television series Fantasy Island (1978-1984), and for his car commercials in which he seductively exhorted the pleasures of the upholstery ("Rich, Corinthian leather") in his distinctive Spanish accent, Ricardo Montalban once played romantic leads in major features of the '40s and '50s. He also had a successful career on-stage. Born Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalban y Merino in Mexico City, Montalban spent part of his youth in the U.S. The tall, dark, handsome, and curly haired actor first worked as a bit player on Broadway before returning to Mexico in the early '40s and launching a film career there. By 1947, he had returned to the States and signed with MGM. That year, Montalban played his first leading role opposite Cyd Charisse in the romantic musical Fiesta (1947). It would be the first of many roles in which he would play a passionate singing and dancing "Latin Lover." He and Charisse again teamed up as dancers in the Esther Williams musical water extravaganza in On an Island With You (1948). At one point, it was a toss-up between Montalban and fellow MGM "LL" Fernando Lamas as to which was more popular. It would not be until 1949 before Montalban had the opportunity to play a non-romantic role as a border agent who gets revenge upon the killers of his partner in Border Incident. His second serious role in Battleground (1949) ranks among his best performances. By the late '50s, he had become a character actor, often cast in ethnic roles, notably that of a genteel Japanese Kabuki actor in Sayonara (1957). He had occasionally appeared on television since the late '50s, but did not appear regularly until the mid-'70s. In 1976, Montalban earned an Emmy for his portrayal of a Sioux chief in the television miniseries How the West Was Won. In the early '70s he was part of a touring troupe that read dramatic excerpts from Shaw's Don Juan in Hell. In 1982, Montalban reprised a role he had made famous on the original Star Trek TV series as the ruthless Khan to star in the second Star Trek feature, The Wrath of Khan. In the '80s, Montalban only sporadically appeared in feature films. His television career also slowed, though he occasionally appeared on series such as The Colbys (1985-1987) and Heaven Help Us! (1994). Montalban has written an autobiography, Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds (1980). Confined to a wheelchair after a 1993 spinal operation left him paralyzed from the waist down, Montalban remiained in good health despite being in constant pain, and continued to play an active role in promoting Nostros - a non-profit organization founded by Montalban in 1970 and dedicated to improving the image of Latinos within the entertainment industry. In the late 1990s and early 2000s Moltalban's career recieved something of a second wind when he began performing vocal work on such animated television series' as Freakazoid!, Dora the Explorer, and Kim Possible, with a role as the kindly grandfather in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over even giving the wheelchair-bound actor an opportunity to triumphantly rise once again thanks to the magic of special effects. Additional vocal work in the 2006 animated family adventure The Ant Bully continued to keep Montalban busy despite his physical limitations. His brother, Carlos Montalban, was also an actor.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now Actor 2007
62% The Ant Bully Head Of Council $28.2M 2006
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Grandfather 2003
75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Grandfather 2002
No Score Yet Kim Possible: The Secret Files Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Face: Jesus In Art Narrator 2001
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood Actor 2000
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Victor Ludwig 1988
13% Cannonball Run II King 1984
87% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Khan 1982
No Score Yet Fantasy Island Mr. Roarke 1977
No Score Yet Return to Fantasy Island Mr. Roarke 1977
No Score Yet Joe Panther Turtle George 1976
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Silent film star 1976
No Score Yet The Mark of Zorro Captain Esteban 1974
No Score Yet Wonder Woman Abner Smith 1974
33% The Train Robbers Pinkerton Man 1973
48% Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes Armando 1972
No Score Yet Fireball Forward Jean Duval 1972
78% Escape from the Planet of the Apes Armando 1971
No Score Yet Walls of Fire Narrator 1971
No Score Yet Deserter Natchai 1971
No Score Yet Sentinels of Silence Narrator (Spanish) 1971
83% Sweet Charity Vittorio 1969
No Score Yet Black Water Gold Alejandro Zayas 1969
No Score Yet Blue Ortega 1968
No Score Yet Sol Madrid Jalisco 1968
No Score Yet Fade In Actor 1968
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking-Glass White King 1966
No Score Yet Madame X Phil Benton 1966
No Score Yet The Singing Nun Father Clementi 1966
No Score Yet The Money Trap Pete Delanos 1966
62% Cheyenne Autumn Little Wolf 1964
No Score Yet Pirate Warrior Actor 1964
No Score Yet Love Is a Ball Gaspard 1963
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man Major Padula 1962
No Score Yet The Reluctant Saint Don Raspi 1962
100% Sayonara Nakamura 1957
No Score Yet A Life in the Balance Antonio Gomez 1955
No Score Yet Sombra Verde (Untouched) Federico 1954
No Score Yet Sombra Verde Actor 1954
No Score Yet Latin Lovers Roberto Santos 1953
No Score Yet My Man and I Chu Chu Ramirez 1952
No Score Yet Across the Wide Missouri Ironshirt 1951
No Score Yet Two Weeks with Love Demi Armendez 1950
No Score Yet Right Cross Johnny Monterez 1950
No Score Yet Mystery Street Lt. Peter Morales 1950
No Score Yet Perdida Actor 1950
100% Battleground Roderigues 1949
67% Border Incident Pablo Rodriguez 1949
No Score Yet Neptune's Daughter Jose O'Rourke 1949
No Score Yet The Kissing Bandit Fiesta Dancer 1948
No Score Yet On an Island with You Ricardo Montez 1948
No Score Yet Fiesta Mario Morales 1947
No Score Yet Cadetes de La Naval Actor 1945
No Score Yet Santa Jarameno 1943
No Score Yet La Razon De La Culpa Actor 1943

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Fantasy Island
1978-1984
Director Mr. Roarke
  • 2016
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet Kim Possible
2002-2007
Voice
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Brothers Garcia
2000-2004
Raul
  • 2003
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Vaclav Maryska
  • 1990
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Montoya
  • 1976
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • 1975
  • 1970
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Chato
  • 1970
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Sgt. Al Cervantes
  • 1968
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Nick Grobo Grobo
  • 1968
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Gerard Sefra
  • 1967
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
Khan
  • 1967
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
  • 1966
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Satine
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Lorca
  • 1960
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Matsou
  • 1960
No Score Yet Heaven Help Us
1994
Mr. Shepherd

QUOTES FROM Ricardo Montalban CHARACTERS

Khan
There she is....there she is...not so wounded as we were lead to believe.
Khan
Ah, Kirk, my old friend. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space.
Khan
To the last I grapple with thee. From hell's heart I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee.
Khan
I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on... hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her. Marooned for all eternity, in the center of a dead planet... buried alive. Buried alive.
James T. Kirk
KHHHHAAAAAAAAN!
Grandfather
[In a wheelchair] Don't touch; this is Corinthian leather!
Khan
Ah, Kirk, my old friend. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? ... It is very cold in space.
Khan
Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? [pause] It is very cold in space!
Khan
From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee.
Grandfather
Don't touch...this is corinthian leather.
Grandfather
[in a wheelchair] Don't touch; this is Corinthian leather.