Ricardo Montalban dead at 88

Actor Ricardo Montalban was well-known for welcoming guests to Nirvana as Mr. Roarke on the late 1970s-early 1980s show Fantasy Island, but today it was he who said farewell. Montalban passed away this morning in Los Angeles of old age.

In addition to his role on Fantasy Island, Montalban enjoyed a splendid film career, battling Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan as Khan ("Khaaaaaaaaan!"), battling Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun, and doing whatever he did in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams.

His acting career started in the early 1940s in Mexico, but he eventually joined Hollywood and put together an amazing list of credits, including Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission Impossible, I Spy, and Hawaii Five-O Recently, he did voice work for Kim Possible and Family Guy.

Montalban also championed the rights of Latinos, founding the Nosotros Foundation, which aimed to improve the opportunities for Latinos to find work in Hollywood.

Our hearts go out to the Montalban family.

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Jan 22, 2009
Rest in peace.
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Jan 21, 2009
It is nice to hear that you can still die of "old age". What a great way to go, after a full life. I remember when my 98 year old Great Grandmother died - they called it heart failure. As if my Great Grandmothers heart ever failed!!!! She was old, lived a full life and died gracefully in her sleep of old age with a smile on her face. I hope that Ricardo Montalban did as well. RIP
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Jan 18, 2009
How sad he was great!
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Jan 17, 2009
I've seen him in the movies from The Planet of the Apes series.
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Jan 15, 2009
To most animation fans, Ricardo Montalban will always be remembered for his voice role of Senor Senior Senior on Disney's smash animated hit "Kim Possible". He also voiced villain Guitierrez in the animated series "Freakazoid" (remember that animated show?). "Waggytoon"
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Jan 15, 2009
Such a great actor.
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Jan 15, 2009
Thanks for all your work...Now rest in peace......Aitch,
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Jan 15, 2009
Montalbán... hehee... even if you dont use the accent...is an -a- not an -o-... he will be missed... orgullo latino... latino pride
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Jan 15, 2009
RIP Mr.Montalbon,I always watched Fanasty Island. It was a great show. You will certainly be missed.
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Jan 15, 2009
Smiles, Everyone, Smiles... That's how I think he'd want people to remember him. I really don't think he'd want anyone to be sad about his passing. Hopefully, his own most dear fantasies have now been made real for him, somewhere. He definitely touched a lot of peoples' lives.
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Jan 15, 2009
I will always remember his voice, and how goodlooking he was. A really great man now in heaven.
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Jan 15, 2009
I wish I'd seen more of him.
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Jan 15, 2009
A great and memorable actor. My condolence to the family.
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Jan 15, 2009
Great actor so sad about his passing wish I'd seen more of him.
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Jan 15, 2009
Rest in Peace Ricardo, you will be missed
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Jan 15, 2009
Senor Senior - You will be missed.
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Jan 15, 2009
Really sad to hear about his passing. Wonderful legacy he leaves behind, a true gentleman. RIP.
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Jan 15, 2009
RIP Ricardo Montalbon! Coolest guy in heaven.
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Jan 15, 2009
Rest In Peace Ricardo Montalbon. Thanks for the great and wonderful memories. We will miss you.
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Jan 15, 2009
88 years? That's a good long life and he certainly made a lot of memorable TV in the 60s and 70s.
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Jan 15, 2009
So sad to hear that. One of the best film villians ever. RIP Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!
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Jan 15, 2009
"The plane the plane" RIP
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Jan 15, 2009
How sad. I hope his family knows we appreciated him. I'm glad he had 88 Years and a full life.
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Jan 15, 2009
Rest in peace Ricardo. You are forever mortalized by your 2 turns in Star Trek (Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!! Khaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!) as well as on Fantasy Island (Welcome to Fantasy Island!) and to the younger generation, as Senior Senior on Kim Possible and Grandpa on Spy Kids
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Jan 15, 2009
Khaaaaaaaan!
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Jan 15, 2009
R.I.P Mr. Roarke, may you have your own Fantasy Island on the other side.
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Jan 15, 2009
So many great actors are passing on, he'll always be Mr Roarke to me. Rest in Peace, Mr. Montalban. Ricardo and Hervè are greeting people on the other side right now.
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Jan 15, 2009
Very sad news. RIP Ricardo
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