Ricardo Montalbán
Actor
Ricardo Montalbán
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.
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Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams - JoBlo.com
Google News - over 5 years
I also got a kick out of Buscemi's manic performance and seeing Ricardo Montalban pop up as the grandfather. BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD fans may also enjoy Mike Judge as one of the villains, with him even using his patented Beavis laugh in a few scenes
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A Tribute to Pauline Kael; The Debt Reviewed - San Diego Reader
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Magnum Force, 1974 “[Ricardo] Montalban's performance doesn't show a trace of Fantasy Island. It's all panache; if he isn't wearing feathers in his hair you see them there anyway. You know how you always want to laugh at the flourishes that punctuate
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A premiere fit for a 'King' - Toronto Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Among O'Neill's starred neighbours on the block are Stan Laurel, Donald O'Connor and Ricardo Montalban. Jersey Shore's Pauly D, on the other hand, won't be getting a star of his own anytime soon, and the DJ is really upset about it -- at least that's
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JP DEVINE: Jerry Lewis takes a bow - Morning Sentinel
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I did two more with Jerry, working with Ricardo Montalban and others. Of course, Jerry was always the center of those sketches. It was after all, the "Jerry Lewis Show." That led to my jobs with Johnny Carson, Laugh In and Bob Newhart
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Letter: Deport illegal immigrants to help improve employment situation - TCPalm
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Ricardo Montalban was being interviewed and he was asked the question something like "What does an actor like you do between acting jobs." His answer was that "Between jobs I'm not an actor. I'm unemployed." That must have made a big impression on me
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ScreenCrave's Top 5 'Planet Of The Apes' Films - ScreenCrave.com
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Then that pesky USmilitary shows up, kills Corny and Zira, leaving the hidden Caesar in the care of circus owner Ricardo Montalban (Ricardo Montalban? Seriously, how much weirder can this franchise get?). Jesus, the strangeness of this series just
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Inside Noah Tepperberg's All-White Birthday Bash at Lavo - BlackBook Magazine
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Someone said if I had worn a black tie and was traveling with a little person I could easily be mistaken for Ricardo Montalban from the last season of Fantasy Island. I was worried about that. I approached Lavo with trepidation
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John Leguizamo Stars in GHETTO KLOWN at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 9/30-10/16 - Broadway World
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Direct from Broadway, John Leguizamo's "Ghetto Klown", directed by Fisher Stevens, opens for fifteen performances only from September 30 to October 16 at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre. The press opening is October 2 at 5 pm
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'Spy Kids' return on Blu-ray - The Virginian-Pilot
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Marin and Trejo return, but the best new family members are Mom's parents: Grandmother, played by Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men”), and “Grandfather” Ricardo Montalban. Montalban appears in a wheel chair; his back was injured years ago,
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A Mild-Mannered Maniac
NYTimes - over 5 years
In the small bookstore of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, a wall of shelves is devoted to works by and about the great auteurs -- monographs, coffee-table tomes, DVDs. The pantheon of world cinema is too large for the available space, so the masters are arrayed in double rows, one behind the other. In order to browse, you must dig and
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Take Five: The Name Game - Cardiac Cane
Google News - over 5 years
You have to say it like you mean it with unbridled enthusiasm and an accent, preferably that of Ricardo Montalban while speaking of “fine Corinthian leather.” Steve MONNNNNNNN-tador! See how that works? He no longer sounds like a fella hailing from
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DVD Extra: More Southwest noir - New York Post (blog)
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William Wellman's "Across the Wide Mississippi'' (1951) with Ricardo Montalban; Vincent Sherman's "Lone Star'' (1951) with Gardner and Broderick Crawford. And from the dawn of Gable's MGM career, Charles Brabin's "Sporting Blood'' (1931) with Madge
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Bond Markets Would Applaud a US Default: Hedge Fund Manager - Yahoo! Finance (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Unfortunately, actor Ricardo Montalban has left this world, but perhaps a vintage life size cut-out of the 70's TV star could be placed in the budget negotiating chambers in Washington as a sort of ironic motivational tool. But the funny thing is,
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William Shatner Leads 3000 People in a Group-Khannnn - Kotaku
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Shatner asked that the crowd join him in belting out one last rueful taking of Ricardo Montalban's name in vain. Here it is. We shall leave you now, as you left her ... marooned at the center of a Comic-Con panel ... buried alive ... buried aliiiiiive
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10 Most Famous Mexican Actors - Screen Junkies
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Ricardo Montalban. Born in Mexico, this famous Mexican actor first came to world wide notoriety with his role on the television drama "Fantasy Island" as the wish-granting Mr. Rourke. He later made a splash on the big screen as a villain in the "Star
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John Leguizamo Brings the Ghetto to Hollywood with His One Man Show - Westside Today
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Direct from Broadway, John Leguizamo's “Ghetto Klown”, directed by Fisher Stevens, will play at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre for 15 performances only, September 30, 2011 through October 16, 2011. By Amy Sommer Conceived and performed by Emmy and Obie
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ricardo Montalbán
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 88
    On January 14, 2009, Montalbán died at his home in Los Angeles at age 88.
    More Details Hide Details According to his son-in-law, Gilbert Smith, he died of "complications from advancing age". The precise cause of death was later revealed to be congestive heart failure. He is buried next to Georgiana Young, his wife of 63 years, who predeceased him, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.
  • 2004
    Age 83
    The facility in Hollywood was officially renamed the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in a May 11, 2004 ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details The event was attended by numerous celebrities, including Ed Begley Jr., representing the Screen Actors Guild (SAG); Valerie Harper, Loni Anderson, Hector Elizondo and Robert Goulet. When Montalbán rolled onto the stage in his wheelchair, he repeated "the five stages of the actor" (originally coined by Jack Elam) that he famously stated in several interviews and public speeches: He then jokingly added two more stages: Montalbán spoke about the goal of the Nosotros organization:
  • 1999
    Age 78
    The Nosotros Foundation and the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation agreed to purchase the Doolittle Theatre in 1999 from UCLA.
    More Details Hide Details The theater was owned by Howard Hughes in the early 1930s then later renamed the Huntington Hartford Theater when purchased in 1954 by philanthropist Huntington Hartford, the Doolittle Theater and then the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. The process from agreement to opening took over four years.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 59
    His autobiography, Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds, was published in January 1980 by Doubleday.
    More Details Hide Details The way he was asked to portray Mexicans disturbed him, so Montalbán, along with Richard Hernandez, Val de Vargas, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Carlos Rivas, Tony de Marco and Henry Darrow established the Nosotros ("We") Foundation in 1970 to advocate for Latinos in the movie and television industry. He served as its first president and was quoted as saying: "I received tremendous support, but there also were some negative repercussions. I was accused of being a militant, and as a result I lost jobs." The foundation created the Golden Eagle Awards, an annual awards show that highlights Latino actors. The awards are presented in conjunction with the Nosotros American Latino Film Festival (NALFF), held at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood.
  • 1977
    Age 56
    Montalbán's best-known television role was that of Mr. Roarke on the television series Fantasy Island, which he played from 1977 until 1984.
    More Details Hide Details For a while, the series was one of the most popular on television, and his character as well as that of his sidekick, Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), became popular icons. Another of his well-known roles was that of Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), in which he reprised a role that he had originated in the 1967 episode of Star Trek titled "Space Seed". Early rumors suggested Montalbán wore prosthetic muscles on his chest during filming of Star Trek II to appear more muscular. Director Nicholas Meyer replied that even in his sixties Montalbán, who had a vigorous training regimen, was "one strong cookie", and that his real chest was seen on film. Khan's costume was specifically designed to display Montalbán's physique. Critic Christopher Null called Khan the "greatest role of Montalbán's career".
  • 1975
    Age 54
    In 1975, he was chosen as the television spokesman for the new Chrysler Cordoba.
    More Details Hide Details The car became a successful model, and over the following several years, was heavily advertised; his mellifluous delivery of a line praising the "soft Corinthian leather" upholstery of the car's interior, often misquoted as "fine" or "rich Corinthian leather" (he did describe the leather as "rich" for later ads for the Chrysler New Yorker), became famous and was much parodied, and Montalbán subsequently became a favorite subject of impersonators. For example, Eugene Levy frequently impersonated him on SCTV. In 1986, he was featured in a magazine advertisement for the new Chrysler New Yorker.
  • 1972
    Age 51
    In 1972, Montalbán co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee with actors Carmen Zapata, Henry Darrow and Edith Diaz.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1957
    Age 36
    From 1957 to 1959, he starred in the Broadway musical Jamaica, singing several light-hearted calypso numbers opposite Lena Horne.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1950s and 1960s, he was one of only a handful of actively working Hispanic actors in Hollywood, although he portrayed several ethnicities – occasionally of Japanese background, as in with the character of Nakamura in the film Sayonara (1957), and as Tokura in the Hawaii Five-O episode "Samurai" (1968). In the romance comedy Love Is a Ball (1963), he played a naive, penniless French duke being groomed as a potential husband for a rich American woman. Montalbán also starred in radio, such as on the internationally syndicated program "Lobo del Mar" (Seawolf), in which he was cast as the captain of a vessel which became part of some adventure at each port it visited. This 30-minute weekly show aired in many Spanish-speaking countries until the early 1970s.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 28
    He was the first Hispanic actor to appear on the front cover of Life magazine on November 21, 1949.
    More Details Hide Details Many of his early roles were in Westerns in which he played character roles, usually as Native Americans or as Latin Lovers, but he was cast against type in the film noir Mystery Street (1950), playing a Cape Cod police officer.
  • 1944
    Age 23
    Montalbán married actress and model Georgiana Young (born Georgiana Paula Belzer; September 10, 1924 – November 13, 2007) in 1944.
    More Details Hide Details Georgiana was the half-sister of actresses Sally Blane, Polly Ann Young and Loretta Young. After 63 years of marriage, Young died from undisclosed causes on November 13, 2007. She was 83 years old. Her death preceded Montalbán's by one year and two months. They had four children together: Laura, Mark, Anita and Victor. Montalbán was a practicing Roman Catholic, once claiming that his religion was the most important thing in his life. He was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California. In 1998, Pope John Paul II made him a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (KSG), the highest honor a Roman Catholic lay person can receive from the Church. He recorded a public service announcement, celebrating America's generosity and hospitality to him as a foreign-born actor, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986.
  • 1943
    Age 22
    Montalbán recalled that when he arrived in Hollywood in 1943, studios wanted to change his name to Ricky Martin.
    More Details Hide Details His first leading role was in the film noir Border Incident (1949) with actor George Murphy.
  • 1941
    Age 20
    Late in 1941, Montalbán returned to Mexico after learning that his mother was dying.
    More Details Hide Details There, he acted in a dozen Spanish-language films and became a star in his homeland.
    In 1941, Montalbán appeared in three-minute musicals produced for the Soundies film jukeboxes.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in many of the New York–produced Soundies as an extra or as a member of a singing chorus (usually billed as Men and Maids of Melody), although he had the lead role in He's a Latin from Staten Island (1941), in which he (billed simply as "Ricardo") played the title role of a guitar-strumming gigolo, accompanied by an offscreen vocal by Gus Van.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1940
    Age 19
    They moved to New York City in 1940, and Montalbán earned a minor role in the play Her Cardboard Lover.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was born with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in his spine. Montalbán had a sister, Carmen, and two brothers, Pedro and Carlos. As a teenager, he moved to Los Angeles to live with Carlos.
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