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Ricardo Montalban

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Lowest Rated:   13% Cannonball Run II (1984)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now
  • Actor
2007
63% The Ant Bully
  • Head Of Council
$28.1M 2006
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • Grandfather
2003
74% 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
88% 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
20% The Train Robbers
  • Pinkerton Man
1973
44% Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Armando
1972
No Score Yet Fireball Forward
  • Jean Duval
1972
79% 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
No Score Yet 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
70% 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 Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Khan
  • 1967

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