1.14.2009

Ricardo Montalban

The best Star Trek movie ever......The Wrath of Khan.


It was the second full length motion picture after the television series. Ricardo Montalban was Khan, a Moby Dick quoting, genetically engineered genius, who sought revenge on Captain James Tiberius Kirk. 

“From hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee “

 Who could forget Montalban as Khan, as he literally spit out those words against Kirk.  Words  from the mouth of Captain Ahab as he tried to kill the monster white whale. He was not successful and neither was Khan. His whale, Captain Kirk, lived to fight another day.

Spock, however, died at the end of the movie.

Montalban died today. He was 88. Family said he passed in his sleep. Montalban also played another of my favorite characters on television, that of Mr. Roark the dapper, white suited caretaker and keeper dreams on Fantasy Island.

May he rest in peace. 

3 comments:

Quim said...

A few days before Monalban's death, I saw him in an old Hawaii 5-0 (on DVD). In typical old Hollywood fashion, any foreigner can play any other foreigner. Montalban played a Japanese crime boss. He was good, of course, he was a great villain. He had his eyelids taped o make him look Asian. Didn't work & his accent is so not asian...
:-)
These guys don't come along every day.

SkeptikOne said...

I loved his commericals for the Chrysler Cordoba..."fine corinthian leather"

You're right they don't come along often...

coffee said...

Dos Equis should have hired Ricardo Montalban to do a few ads for them as their "most interesting man in the world" (he has a Spanish accent too, which fits perfectly)