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Ricardo Montalban has passed away...

Hey folks, Harry here... It is thankfully rare that I find myself writing an obituary for a person that I have known personally, but that's the exact position that I find myself in today. I remember back prior to the filming of SPY KIDS 2: ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS, when Robert Rodriguez called to tell me that he had cast "KHAN" as the Grandfather in his second SPY KIDS film. I screamed "COOL" very loudly and then we began to conspire to dream about the conversations we would have with Montalban. The first day that I was on set with Montalban we had a 2 hour Lunch together, during which I delighted him by not talking about STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN or FANTASY ISLAND, but rather his films with Esther Williams. He literally lit up at the mention of FIESTA, ON AN ISLAND WITH YOU and NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER. That voice of his filled with joy as he told me about how lovely Esther was, and how proud he was to be in Hollywood working in that classic time. We spoke about the classic studio system and what it was like to be an MGM player opposite not only Esther, but beauties like Lana Turner, Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse, Shelly Winters, Claire Trevor, Yvonne De Carlo, Nina Foch and all the others that came and went through the lion's mane. He told me that it was a paradise, but that through it all he had his own beauty, Georgiana Young, the younger half-sister of Loretta Young. He was THE Latin Lover of his time in Hollywood, but more than that... he was and always will be one of the finest gentlemen that I or that anyone has ever had the good fortune of having spent time with. I had him sign my title card for FIESTA, a one sheet for BATTLEGROUND (a wonderful World War II movie) and my Wrath of Khan 1-sheet, that I also had Shatner sign to me a few years before. We met a few more times over the course of the shoot - he gave me possibly one of my favorite complements that I've ever been honored to receive. When Robert came to join the two of us at that lunch, Ricardo commented to Robert, "Your friend here has a very keen intellect, I see why you like him." Robert howled, and I think my ego has forever been inflated by that moment. But that was Ricardo's way. He made you feel classy and remarkable to just breathe the same air. After the shooting of SPY KIDS 2, I saw Ricardo briefly on the set of the 3rd SPY KIDS film. If you remember, that was being shot in 3D. At this point, Ricardo was in great pain, confined to a wheelchair - but Rodriguez was committed to using digital and filming magic to not only put him back on his feet, but as the perfect specimen that he presented himself as being. Ricardo was fatigued and tired, but every time that Robert called action... even though Ricardo was on this moving platform with a computer controlled camera rig, swinging all about him in a sea of green... He sprung to life... not an inkling of the pain and tired feelings that he had a moment before. He was an inspiration and a marvel to watch. For many, Ricardo was Khan Noonian Singh, the product of superior genetic engineering. Easily the greatest performance in the history of STAR TREK. If you ever find yourself reading Pauline Kael's thoughts upon that performance, you'll smile. Ricardo truly knocked it out of the park. Still for others, he was the hospitable Mr Roarke from FANTASY ISLANDS - and still for others he was the voice that made us all want Corinthian Leather. For me, Ricardo Montalban was one of the most gracious and wonderful people that I have ever had the luxury, the honor and even the prestige to know. He was, is and will be known as a remarkable man.

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  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by luis1210

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by Seth_Brundle

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Damnit Luis

    by Seth_Brundle

    I was 5 seconds too slow

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Mr Montalban.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Even the many people who hated Spy Kids 3D have to admit that he was great in it.<br> And while I really like Kahn and Mr. Roarke, my favourite role of his is Senor Senior Sr. in "Kim Possible". It was "just" a voice acting job, but damn, he made me constantly laugh in it. :'(

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    RIP Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!

    by Liberty Valance

    For hate's sake I hope he spit his last breath at thee. Star Trek II is going to get popped into a lot of DVD players tonight. Rest in peace Ricardo.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    He spat his last breath at thee.

    by FluffyUnbound

    The funny thing about his appearance as Khan in TOS is that I absolutely bought that he was a genetically engineered superman. He was a monster in the late 60's.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Cool just lost another member

    by Yuber

    First No. 6 now Khan. I heard such things always come in threes. I wonder if there'll be another name flashing across the screen as having died today.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I will be watching Naked Gun for my tribute

    by Seth_Brundle

    His Vincent Ludwig was priceless

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    RIP Ricardo

    by vic twenty

    A great guy - met him 2x, once got to really talk to him. Just a prince of a guy. <p>

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Another great one gone

    by picardsucks

    Very sad.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    You were the man sir....

    by Purgatori

    The voice, the eyes, and the power of one of the greatest sci-fi villains ever. Because he really wasn't a villain. He made Khan the tragic anti-hero, but a badass nonetheless. But not just Khan. He brought class to everything he was in. Fantasy Island had a touch of class and legitimacy because of his performance. This is a sad, sad day for film and TV lovers, but for us geeks even more so.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Goodbye old friend

    by ScottinDC

    You'll be missed but never forgotten.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    That quote

    by skimn

    "Your friend here has a very keen intellect, I see why you like him."<p>I can just hear that spoken in that mellifluous voice and accent he had. He and McGoohan passing in the same day is a sad day indeed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins!

    by Johnny Smith

    "You're asking me to risk imprisonment for the sake of two fugitive apes? The answer is, a thousand times, yes!" A class act, along with McGoohan. Today really, really sucks.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    ¿ Que es mas macho

    by m.dung

    Jack Lord o Ricardo Montalban? So long Khan, you'll be missed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    "Chrysler Cordoba with fine, corINTHian leather..."

    by Sir Loin

    I always wanted to meet him, seemed like such a great guy who would have tons of stories to tell.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Very classy

    by Nordling

    Thanks for the write-up, Harry.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    This news sucks.

    by Fah-Cue

    He was one of the silver screen's greatest villains. On another note -- even Harry's obituaries are filled with self-pomposity. It's so difficult getting through your writings, Harry. They're long-winded and ALWAYS refer back to yourself. Talk about Ricardo's great work and talent... not how YOU were connected to him. It's nothing like Shatner or Nicholas Meyer revealing an amusing personal story about him. You are a blogger who is in the furthest orbit of celebrity. We want movie news, not Harry Knowles news.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    what no love for the APES movie(s)?


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Ricardo was the MAN!!!!

    by Han Cholo

    I remember seeing Wrath of Khan in the theater when it came out. He really brought it to Kirk and Co. Arguably one of the GREATEST movie villains in the history of cinema, up there with Vader. Oh yeah and like all the other talkbackers, this is a mark of respect: KHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNN!!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by decypher44

    Well, may he rest in peace, relaxing on a recliner made from rich Corinthian leather up in the clouds.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    celebrity deaths will fuck our eyeballs in 2009


    hold onto your hats, start placing your bets.<P>:(

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Very Sad Day Indeed my friends!!

    by Arcangel2020

    Excellent write up Harry on Mr. Montelban! Even though I am not old enough to know about a lot of his older Movies? I too grew up in the Generation that knew of him in such roles as "Armando" from the Planet of The Apes Movie, the very cool, dapper and mysterious Mr Rouke from Fantasy Island (Hell, besides all of the THEN Hollywood Hotties that gest starred each week on the show? I wanted to be cool like Mr. Rouke as a kid!) and the way he "shilled" and got a lot of our Parents to purchase a car with "Rich Corinthian Leather" was too cool as well! He had SUCH a quality Voice that was so cool to listen too! And of course! As any TRUE Sci-Fi/Star Trek Fan out there goes...WE will always remember him as that Evil Bastard of Genetic Superhero Engineering and Renegade from the Eugenics Wars as Khan Noonien Singh! From TV Show and of course Star Trek: The Wraith of Khan! (Man!! I SO use to LOVE quoting lines from that Movie as a kid and annoying & crack up my co-workers/fellow Air Force enlistees and officers I worked with by randomly quoting that Movie!!) A True gentleman and hollywood actor & icon has passed Rest in Peace Mr. Montelban, you will be missed!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Sad news

    by Hamish

    There's no words fitting for a time like this, may he rest in peace.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    The Khan novels were decidely interesting...

    by zinc_chameleon

    to say the least. Khan invades the usual research station, but the guards are terrific shots, and even the women scientists nearly kill him. Of course, he's only a teenage in the book I read, but they could definitely bring him back into the Star Trek universe. And really, someone like Khan is destined to show up sometime in the middle of this century. A great character from TOS.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by disfigurehead


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Khaaaaaaant believe it

    by Smashing

    I always wanted to meet him, it was on my list, shame.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I was about to post...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I! (kick) Have had!!(kick) Enough of!!! (kick) YOU!!!! But then I realized it's from the wrong Star Trek movie...whew, close call.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Ricardo Montalban

    by kwisatzhaderach

    His performance as Khan kept me entertained for a whole summer when I got Star Trek II on VHS. I used to run around the house quoting all his dialogue. "Now tell me...why are you here? And tell me where I may find...James Kirk..." Classic.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    ricardo in heaven


    sitting in a chrysler with corinthian leather seats, eating tostitos, while all those women he listed in their prime line up into a circle around the car and take turns on him. and it's all on an space...and shatner is the size of herve villachez standing off to the side pointing and screaming KHHHHHAAAAAANNNNN for eternity.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    It had to be done.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    To anyone who ever met him.....

    by Han Cholo

    I always wanted to know... What did he smell like? I always thought he was an Old Spice, musky cologne type of guy.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Naked Gun

    by BilboRing

    He was great in that too, isn't that right, Mr. Papsmear?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Smiles, everyone, smiles!

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Cheers and a salute to one of the better character actors of our day. He'll be missed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Depressing News

    by sundancekeed

    The Prisoner and Khan both taken the same day. R.I.P., Gentlemen. You will be sorely missed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    If I was Mr. Ricardo I would be buried with those...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...huge rubber pectoral muscles on. My friends and family would die would be great.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    these always happen in 3-so who's next?

    by j2talk

    2 great actors have been lost today...I dread watching the news tonight.....

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Damn, what a loss. He was one of those rare guys who exuded a seemingly impossible combination of unassailable cool and humility. He could be very funny and very menacing, but always enormously charming. If you haven't seen them yet, check out his bits in the special features on the Wrath of Khan disc -- great stuff. <p> Where's the Genesis Effect when you really need it? Rest in peace, Senor Montalban.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    And to some of us, he will always be

    by SympatheticDevil

    the voice of the wizard who lost his MAgic wand and wanted Dora the Explorer to help him find it, in what has to be the most unintentionally creepy episode of any kids show ever.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Steve Jobs is Dead!

    by Lashlarue


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    "What did he smell like?"


    ha ha ha...i always figured notes of oranges or an island fruit, stained wood, car seat leather-of course- and whatever lingering perfumes from his many adventures that day. all mixed with robust manly stink.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    He always made me smile when I saw him on TV.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I think he was the first actor that I ever was a fan of. I watched 'Fantasy Island' as a kid and of course saw him in 'Star Trek', although I couldn't believe back then that this was really Mr. Roarke. I was always happy when I saw or heard him, doesn't matter if it was an old pirate movie (can't remember its name, sorry.) or a guest role in 'Murder, She Wrote'. And I loved when he began to do voice work during the 90's. He was so funny as Gutierrez in 'Freakazoid'! And of course, like I already mentioned, in 'Kim Possible', where he played an old billionaire who wanted to be a supervillain, just because he had nothing better to do with his money. Some of the dialogue between him and his son (Nestor Carbonell) make me crack up every time.<br> Oh fuck, now I try again to bring up Kim Possible on AICN. Dammit. But the point is: He was a damn underrated actor. He always did a great job and from what I've heard he was a great guy in real life too.<br> R.I.P.<br>

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by ev1ldead

    Sorry, had to do it again. RIP.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Remember when he put those bugs in the helmets?

    by Han Cholo

    Nearly killed Chekov and that other guy vaporized himself cause he couldn't take it anymore. From then on, Khan scared the shit out of me.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I said you lousey "in"human bastard

    by IndyAbbey Jones

    still the greatest line in all of the apes films<P>he was also funny on the episode of family guy he did "here its pronounced 'Ducow'" <P>he will be missed

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Cheers AMAD for Border Incident just in time!!

    by zacUpquark

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Peace to Ricardo.

    by Dingbatty

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    "I've done far worse than kill you...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I've hurt you. And I wish to go on...hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her...marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet...buried alive. Buried alive..."

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Yup, Steve Jobs will be #3

    by FluffyUnbound

    The rumor is that he's already dead.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    only thing scary about Khan


    was the rod stewart wig and the rubber chest, the neck seam of which was hidden by the necklace that never moved. even as a kid i called that shit out.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Nope, that chest was all him.

    by Nordling

    So says Nicholas Meyer.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    3rd death will follow the theme:


    older male actor, known for a show with an island.<P>therefore i predict bob denver..oh crap. okay skippe...oh shit...ell the hell.<P>okay what other island shows have there been?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    How many "Khaaaaan"s?

    by daggor

    Oh, about Seventy-KHAAAAANN! On a serious note, he always came across as a kind fellow and was a unique inividual.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by Steve T

    Those pecs were real! I'll be digging out his films, as sadly we do too often only when we lose a great!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by Kefrif

    Had to, in tribute to a fine actor.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    zom-bot! The chest was real!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Many people believe it was fake, but it wasn't! It's hard to believe, but ol' Mr. Roarke did some serious workout in real life!

  • I really loved his performance in The Naked Gun. Understated, brilliant - especially the Siamese fighting fish scene...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Ricardo was pure class

    by theycallmemrglass

    Even outshined Columbo in the episode where he plays a villainous bull fighter. Watched Spy Kids 3D on xmas day (great fun novelty film to watch with everyone donning 3D glasses!) and he just oozed class yet again and I had no idea he was suffering and wheel chair bound for real until Harry mentioned it above. RIP Ricardo.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Real acting skills, dignified and classy...

    by conspiracy

    so unlike the entertainment business these days. Damned shame...Hollywood could use more guys like this.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by Kefrif

    Darn thing cut me off!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    well i'll be damned


    "Apparently, Montalban’s chest was Montalban’s chest. The prominent and malevolent man-bosom was, according to director Nicholas Meyer, the result of regular exercise."<P>damn i will watch it again but i swear it looked so...KEN-DOLL like!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I don't even like Star Trek that much

    by luis1210

    But his turn as Khan is what i know him for, and i think its a memorable role that means a lot to me, so fuck those who think it's a disrespect to Ricardo's work to reference it.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    This has been a loooong day.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I've spent too much time on the internet today, and it seems like every time I log on another hero of mine has passed away. I found out a friend from high school died last night. Ron Asheton of Iggy & the Stooges died earlier this week. Then Patrick McGoohan today. Now this. The older I get, the more death I witness.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Nosferatu Jones

    "Do not insult my intelligence, Kirk."

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Moltalban fans should check out Border Incident

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Seeing him so young and dashing is quite the kick, and the movie is a tense, rock-solid noir.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    That chest was all Montablans.

    by Smashing

    They show you it in the dvd extras, you can pause it and drool over him.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    What??! Who next? The Goo now The Monto?

    by Damien Chowder

    Paris Hilton still alive?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    "Kirrrk! You're steeel a-liiiiive, my old friend!"

    by Nosferatu Jones


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Even it the chest WAS real, I'd still be buried...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...with huge giant fake pecks...just to fuck with people at my funeral.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    "I've never even MET Admiral Kirk!"

    by Nosferatu Jones

    "ADMIRAL??? Admiral? Admiral..."

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by sokitome

    This day sucks! Battleground is a very under appreciated movie. It was one of the first that didn't have to go through the war department for approval. He was great in it. RIP Mr. Montalban you were one of the greats!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    The only reason why I don't yell Khaaaaaan, is...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...that I got no idea if he really liked to be Khan. I remember him saying in interviews that he never wanted to play him again, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he hated him like Alec Guiness hated Obi-Wan.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    It's hard to say "Smiles, everyone, smiles!" at a time like this

    by briantag

    Rest In Peace. You were a class act.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    by Mr. A

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    First McGoohan and now Montalban

    by Mr. A

    Not a good day for some of the best. Another actor who left us with a lot of great work. Thanks for that Mr. Montalban.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    "Quién es más macho? Senor Lamas o Ricardo Montalban?"

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    The answer is and always will be Ricardo Montalban.<P>This is sad news. I always liked Ricardo Montalban, he just seemed like such a class act and I always felt he was underused as an actor. Without a doubt, his portrayal of Khan goes down as one of the greatest movie villains of all time. He had great comedic range as well. It's a bummer to learn of his passing.<P>"Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space!"<P>RIP Senor Montalban.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    "We. Offered. The World. ORDER!!!"

    by Lost_Horizon

    He was much more than Khan, but those two performances he gave will always be magical to me. That quivering lip as he goes into an apoplectic rage over Kirk's "I'm laughing at the superior intellect." shot is just classic. May he rest in peace.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Fans should also check out MYSTERY STREET

    by gnortsmra

    Good flick with RM playing a cop. Quint piggybacked it on AMAD with BORDER INCIDENT.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    damn this sucks

    by Gungan Slayer

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    The Professor

    by Chief Joseph

    from Gilligan's Island is still alive, I belive.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Wow, this is crazy...

    by Gus Van Rant

    May you be surrounded with dancing, naked midgets for the rest of time...RIP on Bro, RIP on.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by toxicbuddha

    Many a whippersnapper will only know him from Khan or Spy Kids or even worse his Fantasy Island stuff, but he was one handsome smooth suave Latin motherfucker. I loved those films, and will be watching 3 or 4 of them over the weekend while pouring out a little liquor. One of those performers who will actually be missed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    I've Hurt You...And I Wish To Go On...Hurting You...

    by drwynninblack

    The guy was a "Trek", genre, sci-fi, and movie legend. May he rest in peace.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Wrath of Khan I have never seen.

    by worldofwarcraft

    Never been into Trek. But loved his performance in Naked Gun. Now I'll have to check out Khan. But do I have to see the first movie? Or can I just jump right ahead? (I'm not totally clueless about the characters, by the way . Spocks Vulcan, no emotion,Scotties engineer or something, etc...)

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Look boss, the plane!!

    by England's Finest

    Yes Tattoo, and today we are fulfilling the fantasy of a certain Number Six.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    When there's no more room in hell...............................

    by crackerfarmboy

    the dead will walk the earth. Just sayin'.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    You are in a position

    by rogueleader66

    to demand nothing sir, I, on the other hand am in a position to grant...nothing. RIP Ricardo, you left a lasting impression on us.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    im calling for a 21 khan salute

    by livahd

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    He was very cool

    by Jersquall

    From zorro to planet of the apes to roarke to Khan.. He was so damn cool and a joy to watch.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige

    You should watch the episode of the Classic Trek where Khan appears at first, but you don't have to. They explain everything you need to know in the movie.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    A Great Artist and A Great Man

    by NoHubris

    He always came with his A-game in his performances and in life via his work in the community.<p>RIP.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by England's Finest

    Two actors die today who appeared in a TV series which had midgets as supporting characters in them. Gil Gerard must be shitting bricks

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    I just saw your status on Facebook

    by deanbarry

    Harry and came straight here. What a damn shame. I grew up watching Ricardo on Fantasy Island. And was amazed at the transformation between Mr. Rourke and Khan. They were my formative years, and the man transfixed me as an actor. I'm bummed. I had the slightest of slight hopes he would appear in any Star Trek sequels. Sigh :( Now, that will never be...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    or at least....

    by livahd

    ...a khan-dle light vigil. im sorry.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Wrath of Khan

    by gregc

    Worldofwarcraft: Don't worry about the first Star Trek movie. It has nothing to do with the Khan film, which is easily the best STAR TREK movie ever made. RIP, Mr. Montalban.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Did you bring all that crap with you to lunch?

    by Wooksie

    For future reference is this normal behavior when dining with celebrities?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Quien es mas macho? Ricardo Montalban or Patrick McGoohan?

    by Six Demon Bag

    Ricardo Montalban es mas macho!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    My mom knew him

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    When she was an actress working bit parts in L.A. back in the early '60s. She told me he was a great man. No, I'm not his love child.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by Bob C. Cock

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by Yelnick McWaWa

    An elegant guy. I will always love how he slaps Chekov around by putting the critters in his ears. A great bad guy, very smooth, calculating. He was a great baddie on "Wild Wild West" & "Mission Impossible." He was offered to play Khan again on the Next Generation. A script was writen, it explained how Khan came back to life due to all the Genesis stuff and how Picard was going to fight him, the ep ended with Khan being a computer simulation created by Data as the ultimate training program. All was set to roll when Ricardo said he did not want to play Khan ever again. Damn.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Thanks. Gonna qeue up Khan now

    by worldofwarcraft

    You guys are great. And what's with all the death hate around here? What, now it's cool to hate death now?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    You are in for a treat.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by Yelnick McWaWa

    His pecs in Trek II were real, that VH1 episode is full of shit! The Director Nic Meyer confirms it and I recall watching something on tv as a kid that made a big deal out of it because at the time, RM was in his 60's. HIS PECS WERE REAL! Damn right!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    "Mr...Chekov...isn't it? I never forget a faaacce!"

    by keltic1701

    RIP Mr. Montalban and thanks for the many years of great characters!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Charles Gibson noted Montalban for...

    by Seth_Brundle

    The rich CorINTHian leather!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by br1947

    Dude had the most awesome name pimp ever, it's just fun to say. How could any woman resist "Hello, my name is Ricardo Montalban..." Done deal<br><br>Seriously though, great actor. Lotof Trek deats latey, Shatner better watchhis ass!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    A truly honorable man in real life.

    by BrokenHeath

    I could tell from his appearances on talk shows that he was a truly gentle and kind person which is what is the greatest loss. His presence and voice were mesmerising. That he left behind some memorable characters in his acting roles is secondary. R.I.P.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    He did a lot of cool stuff in his life

    by TheGr81SLASH

    Star Trek, Fantasy Island, Spy Kids, The Naked Gun and Freakazoid!! Thank you for everything Mr Montalban! It was a full life and wonderful life you had.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    Vaya con Dios, Señor Montalban....

    by closeencounter

    May you have peace, sir.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    RIP Senor Armando

    by bishop37

    You were the stepfather to the Planet of the Apes.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    deanbarry, RE: Montalbán as Khan in new Trek movie

    by NoHubris

    Yes. It would have been great to see Ricardo Montalbán in the new Trek film, having succeeded in building and ruling a mirror universe empire and somehow making his way into our universe to fight Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    One more thing!

    by Yelnick McWaWa

    His work in Planet of the Apes is fantastic as well! Would love to see Khan in the next Trek sequel.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    He Called You Smart? He's Never Read AICN...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...I KID Harry - never mind a five-year old knows the rules of grammar better than you. The clips above are a great tribute, as is this Moby Dick quote from Wrath of Khan: "To the last, I will grapple with thee... from Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee..."

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    by theonecalledshoe

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST


    by theonecalledshoe

    (sorry about the double.)

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    "But, Boss....What about MY fantasy?"

    by Cheif Brody

    "Oh...Tattoo...Shut up you retarded little midget!". <p> RIP Rourke.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Best. Dad. Ever.

    by HonestAbe

    After watching that very last video, I want Robert Rodriguez to be my dad.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by closeencounter

    Is a luxury you don't have, Admiral."

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    "In my judgement....

    by closeencounter

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    You simply have no alternative."

    by closeencounter

    Fantastic lines with a huge sense of irony.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    "I want Robert Rodriguez to be my dad."

    by CerebralAssassin

    Yes. Great daddies break up their families just to drill some young hot trim. Dad of the year!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Khhhaaaaaannn! Reeest in peeeeeeeaaaceee!

    by ricarleite

    Truly a gentleman, a kind of person that Hollywood does not have anymore. A great loss, almost as big as Harry's ego. Almost. Because he managed to turn this obituary into a self indulgent ego I Me Mine trip, once again. Well, don't worry Harry, keep your current weight and you'll meet mr Moltalban once again very, VERY soon. Or maybe not, Khan went to heaven.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    McGoohan AND Montalban???

    by sailingmaster

    Oh dear god, what a loss... Patrick McGoohan was simply brilliant, and few actors have ever had the presence of Ricardo Montalban.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Parts of his work will be remembered as long as we watch movies and hand out silly little trophies for them. Iconic moments in film and television.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    "Smiles everyone! Smiles!"

    by Orbots Commander

    RIP Mr. Montalban in your white tuxedo (or Khan with fake pecs outfit).

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    freakazoid's father!

    by ironic_name

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    May you RIP Senor

    by DDMAN26

    Hopefully he didn't fall from a great height where the Angels play, the run over by a bus, then a steamroller, then the USC marching band.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    by ironic_name

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Coolness to the utmost degree. And yeah, I know it's "Hell's dark heart" and not "Death's" but hey, c'mon... Khan, dude!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Right On, ironic_name!!

    by TheGr81SLASH

    On the head!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Class act

    by Anakin Whoopass

    I love to read between the lines of Nicholas Meyer's Khan commentary, that basically Shatner was a star but Montalban was an actor, and Meyer directed Montalban but more or less wrangled Shatner. I hope there is the softest Corinthian leather in heaven.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    by ironic_name

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    by ironic_name

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    The DESERT WARRIOR is gone. Goodbye mi Amigo!!

    by Monkey_King

    You will be missed forever Senor Montalban.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Class personified.

    by YackBacker

    And what a great performer. I wish his family and friends comfort, peace and my deepest condolences. Mr. Montalban is a legend, always.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:57 p.m. CST

    He will always be Khan to me

    by GeorgieBoy

    Some actors aren't lucky enough to be so closely identified with a role as that. Truly an icon.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Oh, and the PECS WERE REAL!

    by GeorgieBoy

    Get off it folks. Meyer confirmed in the commentary that it really was Ricardo's chest.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    My favorite part, though...

    by cifra

    ... was in The Naked Gun. Love that movie.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by Le Chevalier Noir

    ... was the script of Space Seed and the performance of Mr. Montalban. I believe a piece of news such as this should only aspire us to seek more vehement transcendence over the weak and passive web of lies that has held us back, so that we may all become a group of... exceptional men. ********* "But you... I never forget a face."

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace

    by cifra

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Just saw TWOK on TV last night

    by Redc40

    and actually wondered out loud how he was doing. Sad to see he's passed on, but his work will absolutely live on. Rest easy Mr. Montalban.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by Orionsangels

    I just heard. Sad news. What a great loss, a great actor. Rest in Peace

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by kbarber29

    I am truly saddened by the loss of this great actor! Rest in Peace, Ricardo!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    "He tasks me!"

    by newc0253

    RIP sir.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    With my last breath, I spit at thee

    by Primogen

    I had to contribute another Khan quote. Rest in peace, Senor Montalban. You will be missed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    "Mexican dude.."

    by The Dum Guy

    The only funny part of 4 Christmasses.<br><br>RIP

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by skydemon

    I had to say it. Damn, I dunno, I guess I'm beginning to feel my age a bit when we lose TV and movie icon actors like this. Majel a few weeks ago, and now Ricardo. You will be missed Ricardo Montalban. God Bless.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    BTW The chest WAS real

    by Purgatori

    The man, even at that age, did push ups before every scene so it would be even more built and tough looking. This one hurts :(

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Ricado Montalban And Patrick MacGoohan in the same day!!!!

    by Real Deal

    This is really too much to take. Two of my favorite actors ( for different reasons )! Really the end of an era. RIP guys! There really aren't any more like you.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Both iconic characters, because he made them so. RIP Senior Montalban.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    At least we know he fucked thousands of women before he dropped.


    ....most likely some of our own Mothers.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    We shall not see his like again...

    by Manos

    And all who come after will seem smaller and paler.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by Ivan Alexeev

    Someone beat me to the "Quien es mas macho" quote. Montalban es mas macho.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    The guy who played the persecuted cow on Family Guy?

    by smackfu

    I'll miss him

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Mr. Rourke

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    When I think back to my childhood, particularly my viewing habits, I can't help but recall the two hour block on Saturday night that was "Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island." This was when 10 o'clock was a really late night. After the bikinis things would get more philosophical, perhaps with a time travel or macabre storyline. Remeber Roddy McDowell as the ANTI-Mr.Rourke? Montalban was on tv for less than ten minutes, but it was his performance that resonated the most. Absolutely stupid tripe, but this guy made it a success. His was a career filled with excellence.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by zacdilone

    I just saw his "Biography" the other day (they were doing a whole day of "Star Trek" shows), and I thought to myself that they need more classy people like Ricardo Montalban in Hollywood. I even thought I would write him a note and tell him how much I appreciated both his work and his advocacy for the Latin American community in the entertainment industry. He dispatched the Frito Bandito, but he couldn't defeat death. I know he lives on.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    For the umpteenth time...Khaaaaaaaaannn!!!!!

    by Dogmatic

    As did Kirk's cry of despair at the hands of the great Star Trek villain echo throughout will your memory through fandom Senor Montalban. Godspeed!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Here is something that hasn't been said, but needs to..

    by Gus Van Rant

    KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!! May you dance with thousands of naked midgets for the rest of days.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    I guess drinking the blood of midgets...

    by Gus Van Rant

    Is not the key to immortality. For shame.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST

    "There is an old Klingon proverb that revenge is a dish best ser

    by Dogmatic

    it is very spacccce.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by Maniaq

    'sall I got

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Let me be the first to say.....

    by I Dunno

    Khaaaaaaaan!<p>Seriously though, you will be missed.</p>

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Heck I'll just do that whole dialogue. Amazing stuff!

    by Dogmatic

    "'re steel aliiive my old friend." "STILL! OLD FRIEND! You know it seems you've managed to kill about everyone else but like a bad marksmen you ...KEEP...MISSING...the TARGET." Khan motions to beam up the Genesis Device. "Khan you have Genesis but you dont have me. If you want to kill me you're going to have to come down here do you hear me? You're going to HAVE to come down HERE." "Oh no Admiral...I've done far worse than keel you. I've HURT you. And I wish to go on...HURTing you. I will leave you as you left my wife. Buried aliiiiive....buried aliiiiiiiive." "KHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNN!!!!!"

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Ah, Kirk, my old friend,...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? <p> RIP </p>

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST

    RIP, an icon

    by JoeSixPack

    He will be missed

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    One of the only charasmatic villains in SF

    by eggart

    He was a very sexy man.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    "He tasks me...."

    by pokadoo

    "He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round Perdition's flames before I give him up!" Rest in peace KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNN!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Montalban's Khan and Rickman's Gruber = Best 80s Villains

    by YackBacker

    Maybe some of the the best film villains ever.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Ya know when I realized Khan was an exceptional villain?

    by YackBacker

    In STAR TREK II when Kirk and Spock confer over Khan, saying "He is intelligent, but not experienced. His pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking." Watching that scene, I was so involved in hearing what our heroes had to say about him, it is like watching people talk about Hitler or Stalin- you want to know more about those people because they are so charismatic and dangerous. Montalban made that character transcend an already excellent script.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    His duel with Langella's Zorro

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    was on of my favorite fighting scenes as a kid. Long before Baderas Langella owned the character, and Montalban was a worhty opponent. It was a perfect scene. First, and Lucas must have stolen this, he and Zorro discarded their outer garments and jackets leaving only their inner shirts. There's two candles on the desk. Montalban, who earlier in the movie had bragged about the quality of the sword, sliced through one candle. Next, Langella does the same. Nothing happens. Montalban says "You missed." A gentle tap, and the candle falls. Ah, memories.......

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace.

    by tristeele

    What a terrible day. STII was my first experience with Star Trek. It is still far and away my favorite out of anything in the Star Trek universe. Also growing up in the 80's I couldn't wait for Love Boat to get over with on Saturday night on ABC so I could watch some Fantasy Island. I'm losing a bit of my youth everyday reading all these obits. Truly a bummer day. :(

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    I went to the Ricardo Mantelban school of acting,

    by drdoom_v

    "DEEELICIOUS AND CRRRUNCHYYY!!!" "Jewww do not understand I coooould have been somebody, insteead of a bum..which is what I am." RIP RICARDO-- YOU ARE MISSED!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    I meant Mantalban! DAMMIT KHHAAAANNNN!!!!

    by drdoom_v

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    This is terribly sad

    by The Chosen

    geez, now im really sad. Rip grand khan

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    "Open your heart. Will you open your heart?"

    by Kip Dynamite

    That scene in "Space Seed" with McGivers just shows you how much a muthafuckin' pimp Khan was! :) God bless you, Mr. Montalban.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST

    My mom and dad had a Cordoba

    by Dark Knight Lite

    and it was a piece of shit. Three transmissions, two radios and a defective windshield. Ah, American cars in the mid-seventies. But this news sucks. Adios Senor Armando, and thanks for the chimp.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Another sad day....

    by darthvol

    First the Prisoner and now Khan. We are forever diminished by their passing. Rest in peace.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:29 p.m. CST

    I'll throw my hat over the wall...

    by 24200124

    ... and say KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN! <br>Rest in peace, sir. You have a fine legacy.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by RicardoMontalban

    This just sucks! Why didn't the producers of Star Trek bring him back for the 3rd movie???? What a waste!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by RicardoMontalban

    This just sucks! Why didn't the producers of Star Trek bring him back for the 3rd movie???? What a waste!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST



    Macho no mas, pero siempre macho en nuestros corazones

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    too bad...

    by darthwaz1

    Space Seed is amazing..

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST


    by jedihillis


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    RM also played the villian in "Wonder Woman"

    by RicardoMontalban

    Does anyone else remember watching Ricarardo match wits with Cathy Lee Crosby in the Wonder Woman TV movie. His charater was named, "Sebastian." Ugggggh I'm so upset over his death.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace Ricardo

    by 900LBGorilla

    He was great in eveything he did...just one of those actors who's regular manner was engaging. <P> Nice write up Harry - I liked the videos...but you forgot The Naked Gun- he was awesome in that movie.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Grammaton, that Zorro scene with Montalban...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...was from the 1970's made for TV version of The Mark of Zorro. That scene with the sword slicing the candles was lifted directly from two movies: the Mark of Zorro with Tyrone Power and the spaghetti western Zorro with Alain Delon (you remember, the one with the theme song, "La-la-la-la-la-la-la-Zorro's-back").

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Quien es mas macho, Sr. Montalban o

    by Guy Gaduois

    Sr. Bridges? <p> Tough to see guys that have been around your whole life passing away in rapid succession like this. Not cool.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Smiles everyone, Smiles...

    by Master Bruce

    as you think of Ricardo Montalban tonight. Rest in Peace Sir...The word is given...Warp Speed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the clips, Harry

    by Mr Incredible

    Ricardo Montalban was quite the dancer, and in a class by himself.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Inhuman Bastards

    by Sophism

    I can't believe you don't have a clip of his uncredited cameo in The Empire Strikes Back. Or Conquest of the Planet of the Apes for that matter.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    He was great in I love Lucy and As the Joker.

    by RattleMan

    Babaloooo!!! Goodnight sweet prince.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Best Trek Villain ever.

    by slder78

    Dude had mad acting skills.<P>Priscilla Presley: "How can you be so cruel?"<P> Ricardo Montalban:"You forget my dear, I used to be a builiding contractor."

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Of course Harry made the thread about himself first.

    by RattleMan

    Self absorbed much?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by alice 13

    rest in plush corinthian leather.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Goodbye, Mr. Rourke-Khan

    by Abominable Snowcone

    You sent my imagination flying on Saturdays from 10-11pm for a couple years in the late 70s. Suave, debonair, with a streak of sinister that you worked so well as the brilliant Khan.<p> This time, de plane comes for YOU, you wonderful entertaining fellow you. JJ Abrams better at least mention you in the credits.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    I didn't believe it either, but the bonus features on ST2 Wrath of Khan says that chest was all his.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    jettison his body to the Genesis Planet.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by SingingHatchet

    Looks like Kirk did out survive Kahn after all. Boy when the Shat kicks the bucket, this place is going to go apes---.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST



    Not really sure if you've lost anyone you've known, but when talking about someone you've known that has passed, you talk about a story regarding you and them. It's how you SHARE THEIR MEMORY, through your experiences with them. It isn't about me, it's my experiences with him. If you're looking for a clean and spiffy impersonal OBIT - I suggest going to YAHOO or the AP. Here we eulogize - talk about how these actors, writers, directors and talented folks affected us... either by their work or sometimes, in person. It's kind of an Irish thing.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Uh...Ant Bully?!

    by JimCurry

    No one is mentioning Ant Bully, and that's just ridiculous. Enjoy the man's entire filmography before you talk like you know his legacy. Ricardo, you will be missed.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST


    by a rolling stone

    I just forced my sister to sit down and watch Wrath of Khan. She fought me, kicking and screaming as most women do, then towards the end, she was glued to it. She starts asking "Khan died in the blast, right?" and "How does Spock survive?" and "What happens to Genesis?" She's a Christopher Lloyd fan, so Search For Spock is next on the list, but Ricardo opened my kid sister to the nerd world of Star Trek. He was the villain of villains in that film. I'll miss him.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:29 a.m. CST


    by Grando

    Nuff said.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    A very bad day

    by Mastidon

    2 great actors in 1 day. Sad. My first trip to Hawaii all I wanted to do was find out where Fantasy Island was filmed. Welcome Mr. Roarke. I'm sure you are there now. You will be missed.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Montalban was a wonderful Catholic man

    by GreatOne3

    Married 63 years (his wife died in November of 2007). Said that his faith was the most important thing in his life, and he was named a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by the Vatican in 1998. A true role model receiving his eternal reward. God bless him.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    "buried with those huge rubber pectoral muscles"

    by Kaitain

    Son, those weren't prosthetics. Those were real.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST

    I didn't know he was catholic

    by ironic_name

    you will be missed, mr Montalban.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST

    go to evaniers site to read how classy he

    by bacci40

    truly was...

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    someone bring shatner in for questioning.

    by ironic_name

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Ummm... okay

    by Citizen Sane

    How many "KAAAAAAHHHHNNN!"'s are on this freakin' thread. A glaring reminder of the lack of originality in this industry.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    A class act

    by deadboy1313

    My favorite roles that he played were in the Planet of the Apes movies, and in Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan. He stole the entire movie for me, and what a brilliant actor he was. I've never seen many of his earlier movies, but will be going to IMDB to set up a queue for Netflix. He always had such class, and always seemed so down to Earth. The world has lost a fine gentleman and one of the last remaining legends of Howllywood royalty.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    He's the MAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!

    by PTSDPete

    The man named ' Khan '.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Citizen Sane

    by 24200124

    Dude, it's a testament as to how some of us remember him most. Now if only some of the KHAAAAAAAAAAN screamers can put the H in the proper place...

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:20 a.m. CST

    His prediction will sadly come true...

    by Charlie & Tex

    Montalban distilled the essence of being in Hollywood a few years ago, and in his memory, ponder on this it for a while: The nature of the business runs like this: "Who is Ricardo Montalban? Get me Ricardo Montalban! Get me a Ricardo Montalban type! Get me a young Ricardo Montalban! Who is Ricardo Montalban?" Words from a man who went through it all. With many we have mentioned his name to today drawing blank looks, the last part might have come to pass. A sad loss, for sure.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Very Informative Archive Interview w/ Montalban

    by Longtime Lurker

    I'm sure that most of you probably know about the Archive of American Television interviews on YouTube. There is a very informative one with Mr. Montalban. Be sure to watch all five segments. This man was a fine person, a great actor and he was fearless in many ways. Check it out.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Sorry. Link is bad. Don't know why. :(

    by Longtime Lurker

    But do a search on YouTube and you will find it.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Oh, and....

    by Longtime Lurker

    Vaya con Dios, Mr. Montalban.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Figures - there's always a dick, Harry

    by snomusic

    Considering the crap ya got for the Betty Page obit, this was a pretty clean talkback Harry - this was a good obit BTW, thanks - and Rattleman is a joik. <p>Still want an update on yer health, diabetes, weight loss, etc

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Drebin !!

    by pumaman

    there, that should shut up some of you lot shouting Khaaaaannn !

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST

    That's the finest piece you've ever written Harry

    by Tarl_Cabot

    Thank you. I'm a big fan of Ricardo Montalban. He reminded me of my dad. Mr Montalban was the classiest man ever to walk the earth. Rest in peace....KAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHN!!!!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Vaya con Dios

    by CuervoJones

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Number 6 and Khan gone on the same day?

    by The Equalizer

    Worst day ever - FACT!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST

    A wonderful, passionate actor. And a real gentleman.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:48 a.m. CST

    I actually rewatched Space Seed on Saturday

    by photoboy

    and Wrath of Khan on Sunday and I was once again amazed at Ricardo Montalban's fantastic performance. The man absolutely nailed Khan, he's the villain virtually every Star Trek film since has tried to recreate/beat but no-one has ever even come slightly close.<br><br> RIP Mr Montalban!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Who is Ricardo Montalban?

    by Mr_P

    Get me Ricardo Montalban! Get me a Ricardo Montalban Type! Get me a young Ricardo Montalban! Who is Ricardo Montalban! RIP Ricardo Montalban Very sad

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Senor Senor Senior

    by rbottoms

    One of Kim Possible's best, R.I.P. <a href="">villains</a>.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Boss! Boss! The plane!

    by BiggusDickus

    ...Hope it carries you first class all the way to the Pearly Gates, big guy!<p>Requiescat In Pace.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Ricardo Montalban Is A Graduate Of My Old School

    by Media Messiah

    Fairfax High.<BR><BR>He was a nice man, I suppose? I grew-up in the industry, and never heard a bad word about him, not one. You usually hear something bad about somebody, but not him? I wish you a peaceful journey Mr. Montalban. Now you will know the true Fantasy Island, a fantasy come true for you, its name is Heaven. God Bless you.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:33 a.m. CST

    update on health


    Down nearly 100lbs from the start. Started in 7xl shirts, now I'm fitting in 3xl shirts. My diabetes has seemingly gone away, with my tests showing up in the upper degree of Normal Blood Sugar levels - even the day after my wife's birthday cake. Feeling great, and 2nd week of February - we begin hitting the gym a regular 5 days a week, to work on getting me out of this chair.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Vaya Con Dios Senior

    by Alen Smithee

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Good for you, Harry!

    by BiggusDickus

    I wish you well in your ongoing endeavours. Any man who can put up with us lot day in, day out for this length of time clearly possesses the willpower to achieve anything!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST

    One of the top ten movie bad guys of all time...

    by Gabba-UK

    Just my opinion. Glad your doing so well Harry. You never know, keep up this level of effort and Dancing With The Stars (whatever the US version of strictly come dancing is called) might be an option... ok maybe not but that would be a hell of a goal to achieve. Keep it up big (but getting smaller) guy.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Good for u harry

    by mattforce7

    That was probably the most sincere and normal thing ive read on this site... ...KAAAAAAAAHHHHNN!!!!!.....*KAAaaaHnhn*!!.....*aaaahn*

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Alas a Legend has Passed

    by Roborob

    I think this is the passing of one of the best Actors who ever thrilled an audience. May I offer my respects to His Family and Friends.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Has no one posted this yet?

    by electric_sheep

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Orbots Commander

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Yeah, that's it. I was trying to remember the proper name without hitting IMDB. I never saw the Tyrone Power versions so I didn't know it was lifted, but still it was great.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Class act...

    by Carl's hat

    ...that's all.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    "It is very space..."

    by I AM ROCKO

    Greatest Star Trek of the greatest villians in movie history ever. Anyone know if one can purchase Start Trek 2: Wrath of Khan together with Space Seed on a double disc or something?

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST


    by TylerDurden3395

    No, Dutch-Irish my father was from Wales.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST

    But...did he spit his last breath at us?

    by MJohnson

    And will he now be stabbing at us from hell's heart? That's what I want to know...

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Khan's son

    by Dazzler69

    Remember his crewman that he will avenge? The actor, forgot his name, told me at a con that he was really his son in the movie.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Bye Ricardo

    by Kentucky Colonel

    See you on the silver screen.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Ricardo - always keepin' it classy in his soft corinthian leathe

    by DiamondJoe

    A sad loss of a true gent. You could argue he's the man who saved Star Trek. Where would Trek be without The Wrath of Khan, and therefore Ricardo? RIP Senor.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Ricardo in the WILD WILD WEST

    by theplant

    Anyone remember that episode where he travels through time to win the civil war again, and is in a wheelchair with useless legs until he actually goes thru time ? Harry's story makes me think of that. What a sad passing.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST


    by SpyGuy

    FANTASY ISLAND, THE NAKED GUN and, of course, STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAAAAAAAAAN. That's a solid trifecta right there. Rest In Peace, Ricardo.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    I forget the guy's name--not even sure if they mention his name in the movie. But yeah, it's plausible he could have been Khan's son, even if that relationship wasn't verbally established either. He never calls him son, and the crewman never refers to him as father. Then again, you'd think Khan's son would know why Khan hated Kirk, and would therefore never suggest, "Look--you have your freedom, you have a ship, let's just get out of here."

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Off to the Motara Nebula

    by Abominable Snowcone

    The music in that flick was pretty killer, too. That, coupled with a tight story and Montalban's performace, really resurrected the franchise yeah. FIRE!!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Carol!? Carol!

    by Abominable Snowcone

    WHO is taking Genesis?<br> I do not know you...but you...I never forget a face, Mr....Chekov...

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    He was the best Naked Gun villain

    by Sithdan

    By far!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Wow that was actually pretty well written

    by Cotton McKnight

    It made me feel even sadder than I already was. I am not familiar with his older stuff but I have always believed that he never got the credit that he deserved. I just loved watching him act. In a way, he reminded me of Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson, in the way that he used the cadence of his voice to carry a moment. I am really going to miss him.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    I'm glad my kids...

    by Marillion

    Got to know Mantolban through the Spy Kids movies as well as Kim Possible, where he provided the vocals for the villian "Senor Senior Senior"...<p> My son, who is now a budding Star Trek fan, was jazzed when he saw Trek II and recognized Khan, but couldn't believe he was playing such a bad guy after seeing him as a "dear ol' grand dad" in the SK movies.<P> RIP, Senor.. Via con Dios!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    whoops.. Montalban

    by Marillion

    Sorry for the spelling error...

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    What!? No mention of 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes'

    by liquidExist

    i think that was the first thing i ever saw him in.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Lyrics to the Warp 11 song: Montalban

    by warp11

    From the day he took his white suit off And left the midget far behind He started taking steroids Froze himself in time Now he’s slept the sleep of centuries A superman from the past From hell's heart he will stab at thee And get eugenic on your ass My friend, go Well, he’ll put things in your body And lay your mind to waste Quote a line from Milton And never forget your face Cause he’s a villain cruel as Vader And as Merciless as Ming He’s as pissed off as a predator It’s Khan Noonien Singh My friend, go Phaser fests, prosthetic chests, it’s all I want to see Some may say it’s fake But it looks real enough to me Montalban (Ricardo) Montalban (Ricardo) Wrath of Kahn (Me llamo) Montalban Well, it began in episode 24 On a ship called Botany Bay And they marooned him on Seti Alpha 5 But we knew he’d be back someday Cause he’s too big for television They knew it even then So they put him in the movie Star Trek 2 And they should have brought him back for Star Trek 10 Go Starship fights, parasites, it’s all I want to see You may call him Mr. Roarke But he’s always Kahn to me Montalban (Ricardo) Montalban (Ricardo) Wrath of Kahn (Me llamo) Montalban

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Ultimate example of an unfiar universe.

    by TheCap

    There is noe justice in a universe that kills Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban within a day of each other, and yet allows the shrivelled, withering husk of Steve Jobs to walk the earth.<br><br>Senor Montalban, vaya con Dios ... y muchas, muchas gracias. Eso es todo.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST


    by JDanielP

    After Burton's original BATMAN, I thought (at the time) that Ricardo Montalban would make an interesting Ra's Al Ghul. Thanks for sharing your fond memories, Harry. Rest in peace, Ricardo.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST


    by aboriginal

    I shout that to the place where we'll all be someday . . . in space. Rest in peace to one of the best of the best.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Let Them Eat Static

    by Right Bastard

    From hell's heart, I stab at thee!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by g-ride9000

    rip to the smooth one...and that line EAT STATIC was taken on as a name by an english techno act. They fucking good at what they do.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Was listening to a radio morning show on the way to work

    by skimn

    and when they mentioned Montalban's death, their under 30 year old producer had no idea who they were talking about. And I realized, there is an entire generation or two that have no idea who the man was, and thats almost as sad as his passing.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I got a message for you from Vincent Ludwig!

    by darthpigman

    How is it that no one has mentioned Montalban's classic performance as Vincent Ludwig? "You forget, I spent two years as a building contractor!"

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Border Incident

    by Samuel Fulmer

    He was really good in that 40's film. What was especially good was that he played a non-stereotypcial Mexican, which in older films, you don't see very often.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Eugene Levy doing Montalban on SCTV

    by Samuel Fulmer

    That was preaty funny, along with John Candy as Tatoo.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by Right Bastard

    No "Naked Gun" clip? <p> Vincent Ludwig: Cuban?<p> Frank: No, Dutch-Irish. My father was from Wales.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Gutierrez in FREAKAZOID!

    by Leto III

    ..."Pinto beans and muffins." 'Nuff said.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    Very good call, with "Escape from Planet of the Apes." I'd almost forgotten! That one, and "Conquest of..." Montalban was very good as Milo-Caesar's surrogate father, and I was very upset when he got killed in "Conquest"

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    This IS Ceti Alpha Five!

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Botany Bay?...Botany BAY!! Oh snap!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by veritasses


  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Really appreciated his work.

    by mrfan

    ST: II, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, and tv shows galore. The man entertained me. May he rest in peace.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    It is incidental that he was a movie actor

    by ArcadianDS

    The true loss is that Mr. Montalban was certainly among the best of us as a species. If he spoke of you, he was complimentary. If he spoke to you, he was gracious and polite.<p> I met him briefly when he was out of film and confined to voice over cameos. Our interchange amounted to me getting luggage and carrying it to a waiting car. He was already inside it and walked to the passenger window and held out my hand. He fumbled a bit and asked the driver if he had any cash. I leaned down and said, "I dont want money." He pivoted a bit to look up, smiled, and awkwardly reached an over the shoulder arm out the door and shook my hand. His grip was loose and enveloped me whole hand over the top - the kind of handshake you'd imagine the Pope would give.<p> Oh sure its a stupid handshake big deal. well, I guess so - but he could easily had just pulled a Howie Mandel and waved at me, or an Alec Guiness and told me to go to hell - but he was gracious, and made out of pure class. This gets said way too often around these kinds of talkbacks, but it has never ever been quite so true as it is in this one: we will indeed never have another like him again. He was truly one of a kind.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by chetedawg

    peace be with you

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by JDanielP

    That was cool.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by CountdeCeredigion

    See you in the next world and don't be late...

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    They should use the skin of his chest....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD make some fine, Corinthian leather.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    *Points at his crotch*

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Today at work

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I am wearing a long, dirty-blonde wig, a shredded tunic, and one hockey glove in homage to Khan. In a conference meeting I told my boss "From hell's heart I stab at thee" and shook my hockey-gloved fist at him.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    A Thousand Thanks..Two Thousand Thanks

    by CyberVishnu

    We will always remember Ricardo Montalban for his most memorable performance. The Sheik King in Cannonball Run II. "To emblazon the Filafel name as the fastest in the world by winning the Cannonball Run...and you...fffailed!" (smacks slave) SLAVE: A thousand thanks. AND OF COURSE the best line by him. "Nooo excuses you son of my ugliest wife!"

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Please give your boss a stab for me.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Alltogether now; KHHHHAAAAAANNNNNNN!!

    by Stalkeye

    I was watching Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Blu-Ray, last weekend in which he portrayed ceaser's circus trainer and friend. great performance, Ric was a class act and will always be remembered as one of the badest villians in cinema. RIP

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    "I shall avenge you!"

    by Silent Mark

    Me and Roddy MacStew

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    You know ... refer to your bed as Fantasy Island and your, erm, 'friend' as Tattoo.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    It's always shaved and oiled anyway, and opened at the collar. But I added a scar to it. I've been walking up the hallway telling my employees that I'm going to leave them with a fate worse than death--I'm going to strand them forever, just as they stranded me.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    Damn, I totally forgot Cannonball Run 2!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Where he owned Doug McClure as slave. Thanks for the reminder, CyberVishnu!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That was a great story Arcadian

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    KILL Admiral Kirk.....

    by digginjim


  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I'm giving her the Genesis Device tonight

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Zzzzip!<p> meanwhile, here at the office, I am forcing my workers to engage in the Kobiyashi-Maru scenario, no cheating allowed

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I even got up early today, so that I could watch...

    by DerLanghaarige episode of Fantasy Island on the German SciFi Channel. :)<br> It's strange, but I've never been so sad about the death of an actor who I have never met before. I thought he will be around forever. <br> (At least Peter Falk is still alive.)

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    The way things turned out I wish it was Kirk who died and Khan had lived.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    you shouldn't have said that, because they go in threes, and now Peter will leave us, and it will be all your fault, everyone will point their fingers at you

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Totally the new classic.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    On what authority did Kirk have to banish Khan and his cadre on a deserted planet? And not inform the Federation so they can be checked on periodically? Khan's revenge would have been justified.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Yes, I'm going to seed the barren planet

    by Abominable Snowcone

    with the device and get some Spock on my Jock, if you know what I mean, and I think you do. I already called the missus and told her to get ready for some mind-blowing PonFar, because tonight the needs of the horny will outweigh the needs of the few<p> P.S. apologies to Ricardo--I'll try to be more respectful here now

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    If I remember correctly, I think at the time of banishment, Ceti Alpha 5 could sustain life and even become a veritable eden, if Khan and his people farmed and irrigated appropriately. It only became a desolate wasteland after neighboring Ceti Alpha 6 blew up, which caused Alpha 5 to shift orbit and its climac got screwy.<p> Damn I felt geeky saying that.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    I meant. I don't know what "climac" is.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That's all I gotta say about that.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Cracked me up ...

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    or you'll damage her bay doors. BWHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAAHAHHAAAA!!!!!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    She'll lose her shields

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I'll disable them by remote. Then, like Kirk, after going Warp 7 I shall give the triumpant order to FIRE my photon and make a mess of her bridge, if you know what I'm saying, and I think you do. But first, I will insist that she manipulate my Tricorder

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Space Seed - Available Here

    by Reasonaxe

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST



    You almost made me cum with the handshake story.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I am very sad today

    by Miss 45

    Now I'll NEVER get the chance to hear him talk dirty to me....

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    ArcadianDS Obi Wan told you to go to hell?!?

    by Stalkeye

    LMMFAO! I'm trying to envision that scenario and what would make him "go there".Sir Alec always seem to be a classy guy but WTF do I know, after all he was an actor.XD

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    AcadianDS vs Alec Guiness

    by Abominable Snowcone

    ACADIAN: Sir Alec, I love your films! Can I shake your hand or have an autograph, please sir?<p> SIR ALEC (subtly waves hand in the air)You will go to hell.<p> ACADIAN: I will go to hell!<p> SIR ALEC: I'm not the actor you're looking for.<p> ACADIAN: You're not the actor I'm looking for.<p> SIR ALEC: Now go to hell<p> ACADIAN: (begins stabbing self in abdomen with Sharpie marker)

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Alec Guinness looked like a prick to me....


    ...and so did that fool Peter Cushing. I can see that guy staring into your soul like you're a piece of shit on the sidewalk, after you tell him you're a big fan. British pricks.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    The wearever casket

    by cookylamoo

    with fine Corinthian Leather.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    roflllmmaao ... You're on fire I tell ya

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    my respects

    by gusradio

    His Naked Gun death scene is about as funny as they come.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by TooWhippy

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Great stories about Ricardo.

    by mrfan

    As it should be.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Congrats Harry

    by pumaman

    How you put up with us asswipes on a daily basis is beyond me. Here's to you running around like a lunatic , this time next year.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Between Ricardo and Patrick

    by DennisMM

    Death is about to learn what "smooth" means.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Summer 1982...

    by robert.thekilled

    Thank you Ricardo. God Bless.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Abom that shit was funny!!

    by Stalkeye

    Thanks for the's hard to laugh out loud within the office. but that post made my day.<p>Good one.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    A legend

    by Brody77

    Goes without saying. Even in The Naked Gun, he was a class act.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Did this site post the passing of Patrick McGoohan

    by orcus


  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    DGDB: Alec Guiness vs Peter Cushing

    by Abominable Snowcone

    ACADIAN: (still bleeding from self-inflicted Sharpie marker stab wounds) Please, Sir Alec! I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful work in the movies!<p> SIR ALEC: (extending his hand in the air to apply Jedi choke-hold) I thought I banished you to Hell!<p> ACADIAN: Ack...ack...ack...<p> PETER CUSHING: Enough! Alec! Release him! (pauses to surmise his next course of action) I have something else in mind...there, in his souvenir bag. That autographed photo of Ricardo Montalban...<p> ACADIAN: Ack...No! wouldn't! Anything but that!<p> PETER CUSHING: You're far too trusting.<p> SIR ALEC: (tears Acadian's Montalban photo in half)<p> PETER CUSHING: Ha ha ha!<p> ACADIAN: It was just an autopen signature anyways...<p> PETER CUSHING: He lied! He lied to us! Alec!<p> SIR ALEC: (re-applies Jedi chokehold)<p> ACADIAN: Ack! Ack!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Alec vs Peter vs Spock

    by Abominable Snowcone

    SPOCK: (Arrives on scene, shocked to find Acadian both bleeding to death and choking on the sidewalk, addresses Sir Alec) It is not logical to choke this person.<p> SIR ALEC: Spock! My old friend! heh have failed me for the last time, Vulcan! (releases Acadian to apply Jedi choke on Spock) SPOCK: Ack ack...<p> PETER CUSHING: (to ALEC) Yes! Impressive! Most impressive. (to Spock, choking) You are very logical, my pointy-eared friend, but you are not a Jedi yet! Muahahaha...<p> ACADIAN: (still bleeding, but regains his footing, removes diecast model of Starship Reliant from his souvenir duffle bag and slams it against Alec's shin)<p> SIR ALEC: (releases choke on Spock) Awwgghh! <p> PETER CUSHING: No!<p> SPOCK: (regains breath, applies Vulan mind-meld fingers to Alec, who is stunned by the shin-blow) I will have your thoughts...<p> PETER CUSHING: No! Enough of your sorcerer's ways, Vulcan!<p> EXT: Street--A Dodge Aspen with a safari-print top rolls to the curb. It is clear the vehicle upholstery is of a rich, corinthian leater. A tall, debonair man emerges, followed by a "little person." Both are dressed in pressed white suits and black ties.<p> MR. ROURKE: (surveying the violence) And what is this? Smiles! Smiles, everyone! Welcome to Fantasy Island!<p> PETER CUSHING: Just what we need...another magician<p> ACADIAN: Ricardo!<p> TATTOO: (serves umbrella drinks to everyone)<p> SPOCK: (raises his pina colada) A toast! Live long, and prosper.<p> ACADIAN: (finally expires from blood loss on the pavement)<p> SPOCK: (observing the corpse) Everyone ELSE, live long and prosper

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    The man was a GOD! R.I.P., Senor Khan

    by Snake Foreskin

    May your coffin be lined with the finest Corinthian Leather and your Carne Asada always be sizzling. You will be missed, for you were truly a legend and a God among men.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Part III

    by Abominable Snowcone

    MR. ROURKE (to Spock, Peter, and Sir Alec): There is no reason we cannot be civilized. Come, let us enjoy our differences rather than fight over them.<p> HULA GIRLs in grass skirts appear and put flower leis on the men<p> SPOCK, oberving the bustline of his particular Hula Girl: I believe I have a Tricorder in my pocket...this is highly illogical. I am clearly not ready for Kolinahr.<p> SIR ALEC: Pon-Far is more like it, Vulcan douche...<p> PETER CUSHING, regaining his sense of evil purpose: You shall now witness the power of this fully operational jedi thespian...Alec, I hereby promote you to Admiral, Sir Alec! Now, kill him!<p> SIR ALEC: Yes, my master (reapplies Jedi choke on Spock)<p> MR. ROURKE: Admiral? Admiral...<p> TATTOO-spills drink tray<p> SPOCK--choking, the Vulcan collapses to one knee but manages to crawl across the sidewalk to window of corner cafe, where inside, he sees William Shatner enjoying a cappucino with Ben Folds: are my captain....and my friend...(applies Vulcan v-hand to the glass)<p> PETER: Muahhahaha! The Vulcan is finished!<p> SIR ALEC: Does this mean I am a Jedi Knight Admiral?<p> MR. ROURKE (spots Bill Shatner in the cafe window and gets an evil look on his face) Admiral! Admiral...<p> HULA GIRLS huddle around the dying spock, who is collapsed at the cafe window. They pick his pocket, taking his wallet and watch. One of them gropes at the Vulcan's crotch: I have his Tricorder!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    by perditions flames

    by Fourthwall

    "yours is the superior intellect" ps Khhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaannnnnn!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    DGDB once again you get the Important heart of the matter

    by DOGSOUP

    He fucked a small city's worth of women. I am in awe of his Fuckability. RIP Ultimate Pimp.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    And thanks to whoever recommended Eat Static.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Seriously, they are cool.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I'm actually angry at Harry's obit..

    by The True Priapic

    seriously.I'm actually lost for words.That was awful. Wrath of Khan was pivotalin my geek-life.I adored it.I am aware of Ricardo's cinematic history.Sir,I bow to you.You are and shall ever be my favourite villain.God bless and thankyou for you time,sir.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Ricardo is the source of pimp

    by ironic_name

    all pimps and macs flow forth from his bountiful loins. <P> playas pay respect.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by Chief Joseph

    At least Mr. Montalban is finally free of his pain.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    "I've never even MET Admiral Kirk!"

    by eXcommunicated

    "ADMEERAL?! Amdeeral..."

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    Let them eat static !

    by Keith Maniac

    McCoy was talking about Spock, but i suppose the quote fits, "He's not really dead. As long as we remember him."

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Who do you prefer? Daniel Craig or Ricardo Montalban?


  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    daniel craig or Ricardo Montalban?

    by sokitome

    Really? Is it even close? Daniel craig has a way to go to reach montalban level.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Quien Es Mas Macho?

    by porkchop_Xpress

    "Quien Es Mas Macho? Fernando Lamas o' Ricardo Montoban ?"

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Goodbye o ye purveyor of...Rich Corinthian Leather

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    A great actor that will be truly missed

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:01 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Herve, not even a question.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST

    "You Know What...I Don't Think This Is RICARDO MONTALBON"

    by BigTuna

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Thanks Harry

    by snomusic

    Glad to hear about the fantastic strides you've made. I have my own issues with my weight with having 34% body fat and I know the difficulties of having to make a lifestyle change and making it stick. I hope to see a cool before/after avatar someday and hear about your wheelchair gathering dust or being raffled off for charity, etc :-D<p>And yes I'm mortified that I mis-spelled Bettie considering all the issues of The Bettie Pages I used to own.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    He was a Republican.

    by catlettuce4 However, he tended to keep it quiet because "open minded" Hollywood would have blacklisted him if they found out. Guess you can start hating him now, Harry.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Dammit, now I want to buy a Cordoba...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...I'd love to see a Cordoba episode of Pimp My Ride.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Great Pecs!

    by RicardoMontalban

    Yes, I'm the biggest Ricardo Montalban fan in the world. I used to work on a talk show and had the honor to produce an interview with him. It was one of the highlights of my career. He was great. We asked him if his chest in ST2 was real -- he laughed and said it was his most asked question. By the way he answered said "yes, it was."

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    I wanted more Khan!!!

    by RicardoMontalban

    Wouldn't it have been great if Khan came back in Star Trek 3? -- Those producers really blew it killing him off. Damn! I'm drepressed over this loss.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    I read this in the paper...

    by The Amazing G

    and literally shouted "oh my God!" :(

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST

    What a pitchman - that coffee ad!

    by DiamondJoe

    Who else could sell a brew like that? Love this tribute on the Kansas Pitch: "By the end of the commercial you feel like a dolt for having ever considered any coffee besides Maxwell House."

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    "I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you....

    by Tacom

    and I wish to go on HURTING you. I will leave you as you left me. As you left her. Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet. Buried alive.... BURIED ALIVE!" Awesome scene. RIP.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    His voice will also live on at Epcot!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST

    He had a great voice...

    by amrisharmpit

    Loved how he said, "This is a rare samurai pen - a gift from Emperor Hirohito!" in The Naked Gun. Great actor, great career. RIP.