Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Oh, No. Not Him Too!

According to the Associated Press, “Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV’s ‘Fantasy Island,’ died Wednesday morning at his home, a city councilman said. He was 88.”

Forget Fantasy Island. I remember Montalban for his guest-starring roles in Burke’s Law (he did two turns on that show), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (again playing in two different episodes), Star Trek (portraying Khan Noonien Singh, a role he reprised in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Ironside, Columbo, Murder, She Wrote, and ... well, he used to be everywhere on television, it seemed.

If there really is such a thing as Heaven--and you won’t get any bets on that from me--I hope Montalban gets to spend his time there enjoying the comfort of “soft Corinthian leather.”

(Hat tip to Bill Crider’s Popular Culture Magazine.)

READ MORE:Dropping Like Flies,” by Ivan G. Shreve Jr. (Thrilling Days of Yesteryear); “Ricardo Montalban, R.I.P.,” by Mark Evanier (News from Me); “Ricardo Montalban Sings ‘The Monkey in the Mango Tree,’” by Jaime J. Weinman (Something Old, Nothing New).

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