Ricardo Montalbán

Ricardo Montalbán

Born Nov 25, 1920

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, was a Mexican radio, television, theatre and film actor. He had a career spanning six decades and many notable roles. During the mid-1970s, Montalbán was notable as the spokesman in automobile advertisements for the Chrysler Cordoba, in which he famously extolled the "soft Corinthian leather" used for its interior. He also advertised the Chrysler New Yorker. From 1977 to 1984, he became famous as Mr.… Read More

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1920 Birth Montalbán was born on November 25, 1920 in Mexico City and grew up in Torreón, the son of Spanish immigrants Ricarda Merino Jiménez and Genaro Balbino Montalbán Busano, a store manager. who raised him as a Roman Catholic. … Read More


1940 19 Years Old They moved to New York City in 1940, and Montalbán earned a minor role in the play Her Cardboard Lover.


1941 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1941, Montalbán appeared in three-minute musicals produced for the Soundies film jukeboxes. … Read More
1943 22 Years Old Montalbán recalled that when he arrived in Hollywood in 1943, studios wanted to change his name to Ricky Martin. … Read More
1944 23 Years Old Montalbán married actress and model Georgiana Young (born Georgiana Paula Belzer; September 10, 1924 – November 13, 2007) in 1944. … Read More
1949 28 Years Old He was the first Hispanic actor to appear on the front cover of Life magazine on November 21, 1949. … Read More


1957 36 Years Old From 1957 to 1959, he starred in the Broadway musical Jamaica, singing several light-hearted calypso numbers opposite Lena Horne. … Read More


1972 51 Years Old In 1972, Montalbán co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee with actors Carmen Zapata, Henry Darrow and Edith Diaz.
1975 54 Years Old In 1975, he was chosen as the television spokesman for the new Chrysler Cordoba. … Read More
1977 56 Years Old Montalbán's best-known television role was that of Mr. Roarke on the television series Fantasy Island, which he played from 1977 until 1984. … Read More
1980 59 Years Old …  His autobiography, Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds, was published in January 1980 by Doubleday. … Read More


1999 78 Years Old The Nosotros Foundation and the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation agreed to purchase the Doolittle Theatre in 1999 from UCLA. … Read More
2004 83 Years Old The facility in Hollywood was officially renamed the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in a May 11, 2004 ceremony. … Read More
2009 88 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 14, 2009, Montalbán died at his home in Los Angeles at age 88. … Read More
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