Ricardo Montalban

Actor
Handsome, erudite and blessed with an exceptionally rich, sonorous voice, Ricardo Montalbn made the transition from supporting character actor to lead player with a pair of iconic roles, as diverse as they were ... Read more »
Born: 11/25/1920 in Mexico

Filmography

Actor (108)

The Ant Bully 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Head of Council (Actor)

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Grandfather (Actor)

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 (Movie)

Grandfather (Actor)

The Mexican Americans 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mexican Americans 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1990 - 1991, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek 1966 - 1969, 1990 - 1991, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid! 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

1995 NCLR Bravo Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Heaven Help Us 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Fiesta at Ford's 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Portrait 1984 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Desi Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

El Matador 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

High Rise 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Thanks For Giving 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 (Movie)

Vincent Ludwig (Actor)

The Colbys 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Placido Domingo Sings Zarzuela! 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 3 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

King (Actor)

The Magic of David Copperfield 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrities: Where Are They Now? 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan 1982 (Movie)

Khan (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Captains Courageous 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Executive Suite 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Kino, the Padre on Horseback 1976 (Movie)

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McNaughton's Daughter 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe Panther 1975 (Movie)

Turtle George (Actor)

The Mark of Zorro 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Wonder Woman 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972 (Movie)

Armando (Actor)

Sarge 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Face of Fear 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Train Robbers 1972 (Movie)

Pinkerton Man (Actor)

Escape From the Planet of the Apes 1971 (Movie)

Armando (Actor)

Sarge: The Badge or the Cross 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

La Spina Dorsale del Diavola 1970 (Movie)

Natchai (Actor)

Sweet Charity 1969 (Movie)

Vittorio Vitale (Actor)

Walls of Fire 1969 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Blue 1968 (Movie)

Ortega (Actor)

Sol Madrid 1968 (Movie)

Jalisco (Actor)

Madame X 1965 (Movie)

Phil Benton (Actor)

The Money Trap 1965 (Movie)

Pete Delanos (Actor)

The Singing Nun 1965 (Movie)

Father Clementi (Actor)

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

Little Wolf (Actor)

Love Is a Ball 1963 (Movie)

Gaspard (Actor)

The Lloyd Bridges Show 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Adventures of a Young Man 1962 (Movie)

Major Padula (Actor)

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Reluctant Saint 1961 (Movie)

Father Raspi (Actor)

Let No Man Write My Epitaph 1960 (Movie)

Louie Ramponi (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Sayonara 1957 (Movie)

Nakamura (Actor)

The Queen of Babylon 1956 (Movie)

Amak (Actor)

A Life in the Balance 1954 (Movie)

Antonio Gomez (Actor)

Latin Lovers 1953 (Movie)

Roberto Santos (Actor)

Right Cross 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Kissing Bandit 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Across the Wide Missouri (Movie)

Ironshirt (Actor)

Black Water Gold (TV Show)

Actor

Border Incident (Movie)

Pablo Rodriguez (Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

Fiesta (Movie)

Mario Morales (Actor)

Fireball Forward (TV Show)

Actor

Mark of the Renegade (Movie)

Marcos (Actor)

My Man and I (Movie)

Chu Chu Ramirez (Actor)

Mystery Street (Movie)

Lt. Peter Morales (Actor)

Neptune's Daughter (Movie)

Jose O'Rourke (Actor)

On an Island with You (Movie)

Ricardo Montez (Actor)

Return to Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

Sombrero (Movie)

Pepe Gonzales (Actor)

The Aquarians (TV Show)

Actor

The Desperate Mission (TV Show)

Actor

The Face: Jesus in Art (TV Show)

Narrator

The Golden Eagle Awards (TV Show)

Actor

The Longest Hundred Miles (TV Show)

Actor

The Pigeon (TV Show)

Actor

Two Weeks With Love (Movie)

Demi Armendez (Actor)

Biography

Handsome, erudite and blessed with an exceptionally rich, sonorous voice, Ricardo Montalbán made the transition from supporting character actor to lead player with a pair of iconic roles, as diverse as they were memorable. Working within the studio system of the 1940s and '50s, the Latino actor was initially cast as whatever ethnicity was needed for a role, most often as a Latin Lover in films like "Fiesta" (1947), but also as a Native-American in "Across the Wide Missouri" (1951) or an Asian, as in "Sayonara" (1957). A Tony-nominated turn on Broadway opposite Lena Horne in the 1957 production of "Jamaica" earned him the respect of his peers, although not the leading roles he sought. Montalbán kept busy with dozens of guest turns throughout the 1960s on such programs as "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (NBC, 1964-68), "The Wild, Wild West" (CBS, 1965-69) and most memorably, in an episode of "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69). At last, the veteran actor became a household name as the enigmatic Mr. Roarke, host of "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1977-1984), then eclipsed that fame with his reprisal of Captain Kirk's titular nemesis in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982). He continued to work ceaselessly on various TV shows and films, even performing from a wheelchair in "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams" (2002), after being paralyzed from the waist down. Remembered as a man of integrity and perseverance, Montalbán earned the loyalty of his contemporaries, as well as generations of fans.

Relationships

Carmen Montalban

Sister

Ricarda Merino

Father
Owned a dry goods store in Mexico City

Jenaro Montalban

Mother

Anita Montalban

Daughter
Born c. 1952 mother, Georgiana Young

Laura Montalban

Daughter
Born c. 1949 mother, Georgiana Young worked as an assistant to clothing designer Bill Blass in the 1970s

Mark Montalban

Son
Born c. 1947 mother, Georgiana Young

Victor Montalban

Son
Mother, Georgiana Young

Carlos Montalban

Brother
Older died in 1991 at the age of 87

Georgiana Young

Wife
Married October 26, 1944 was the half-sister of the actresses Sally Blane, Polly Ann Young and Loretta Young died Nobermber 13, 2007 at the age of 84

EDUCATION

Fairfax High School

Los Angeles , California
Studied English and participated in school plays

Milestones

2006

Voiced the Head of Council in the animated film, "The Ant Bully"

2006

Voiced the head of the Ant Council in "The Ant Bully," a computer-animated film directed by John Davis

2003

Reprised Grandpa Cortez role in "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over"

2002

Cast as Grandpa Cortez in "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams"

2002

Voiced Señor Senior Sr. on the Disney Channel's animated series "Kim Possible"

1995

Had a recurring role as the voice of Armondo Gutierrez in "Freakazoid!" (Kids' WB!)

1994

Began working on the Aaron Spelling-produced series, "Heaven Help Us"; played an angel, supplying a voice much of the time and making most of his occasional appearances sitting down

1993

Underwent operation in July to take care of a hemorrhage on his spine; was bedridden for a month and subsequently needed a walker

1991

Announced his intention to run for the presidency of Nosotros

1988

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

1985

Portrayed shipping tycoon Zachary Powers in the "Dynasty" spinoff series, "The Colbys" (ABC)

1984

Cast as The Sheik's father in the comedy film, "Cannonball Run II"

1982

Played the role of Khan Noonien Singh in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"

1978

Best-known for the role of Mr. Roarke in the Aaron Spelling-produced series "Fantasy Island" (ABC)

1972

Appeared in the Broadway production of "Don Juan in Hell"

1968

First TV-movie, "The Pigeon" (ABC)

1966

Co-starred with Debbie Reynolds in "The Singing Nun"

1965

Served as vice president of the Screen Actors Guild

1957

Starred in the Broadway musical "Jamaica," opposite Lena Horne

1957

Played a Kabuki theater actor in the Oscar-winning film "Sayonara"

1955

Appeared on Broadway in the short-lived, "Seventh Heaven"

1947

Made US feature debut in the musical, "Fiesta"; had a memorable dance scene with a young Cyd Charisse

1947

Signed a contract with MGM studios

1941

Returned to Mexico after mother's death and made feature debut in "El Verdugo de Sevilla"

1940

Short film debut, "He's a Latin from Staten Island"

1940

First appeared on stage in "Her Cardboard Lover" opposite Tallulah Bankhead

Played Zachary Powers on "Dynasty II: The Colbys"

Became a commercial spokesman for Ford Motors in the late 1970s

Played the grandfather in both "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams" (2002) and "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" (2003)

Appeared in commercials for Chrysler Cordoba

Appeared regularly on NBC's anthology series "The Loretta Young Show"

Bonus Trivia

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There is a rich source of untapped material [stories about Latin Americans] but Hollywood has never made any attempt to scratch the surface. I always hoped that for an actor the only barrier would be the limit of his own talent." - Montalban quoted to TV Time, July 13, 1991

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Named a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by the Vatican in 1998.

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While making the 1951 Gable western "Across the Wide Missouri," Montalban fell from a horse and injured his spine. The injury caused him to walk with a limp, which he tried to mask during performances. In his final years, he had been confined to a wheelchair.

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