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scorpio 01-14-2009 01:25 PM

The Khan is dead...Long live the Khan
 
'Fantasy Island' star Ricardo Montalban dies at 88

By BOB THOMAS
Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's "Fantasy Island," died Wednesday morning at his home, a city councilman said. He was 88. Montalban's death was announced at a meeting of the city council by president Eric Garcetti, who represents the district where the actor lived. Garcetti did not give a cause of death.

"The Ricardo Montalban Theatre in my Council District - where the next generations of performers participate in plays, musicals, and concerts - stands as a fitting tribute to this consummate performer," Garcetti said later in a written statement.

Montalban had been a star in Mexican movies when MGM brought him to Hollywood in 1946. He was cast in the leading role opposite Esther Williams in "Fiesta." He also starred with the swimming beauty in "On an Island with You" and "Neptune's Daughter."

A later generation knew Montalban as the faintly mysterious, white-suited Mr. Roarke, who presided over an island resort where visitors were able to fulfill their lifelong dreams. "Fantasy Island" received high ratings for most of its 1978-1984 span on ABC television and still appears in reruns.

In a 1978 interview, he analyzed the series' success:

"What is appealing is the idea of attaining the unattainable and learning from it. Once you obtain a fantasy it becomes a reality, and that reality is not as exciting as your fantasy. Through the fantasies you learn to appreciate your own realities."

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AP entertainment writer Sandy Cohen contributed to this story.

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broncosteven 01-14-2009 01:27 PM

May he rest in a casket of Rich Corinthian leather.

bronco militia 01-14-2009 01:27 PM

damn...RIP

Garcia Bronco 01-14-2009 01:34 PM

Not one mention of his greatest role.

Man-Goblin 01-14-2009 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Garcia Bronco (Post 2252042)
Not one mention of his greatest role.

The villain in Naked Gun?

Smiling Assassin27 01-14-2009 01:38 PM

Rest In Peace, Senor.

Kaylore 01-14-2009 01:39 PM

Sorry guys. I can't post anymore. I'm dead. :sickortir

Did you know Montalban played the role of Khan for only $100,000 and it ended up being one of his masterpieces? RIP. He was a stud.

Garcia Bronco 01-14-2009 01:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Man-Goblin (Post 2252047)
The villain in Naked Gun?

Nice beaver

Garcia Bronco 01-14-2009 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Kaylore (Post 2252052)
Sorry guys. I can't post anymore. I'm dead. :sickortir

Did you know Montalban played the role of Khan for only $100,000 and it ended up being one of his masterpieces? RIP. He was a stud.

For the show or the movie?

bronco militia 01-14-2009 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Man-Goblin (Post 2252047)
The villain in Naked Gun?

Kaylor is really OJ Simpson? wait, what?

theAPAOps5 01-14-2009 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Garcia Bronco (Post 2252042)
Not one mention of his greatest role.

The role of Teniente in La Fuga

Kaylore 01-14-2009 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Garcia Bronco (Post 2252058)
For the show or the movie?

The motion picture.

TheReverend 01-14-2009 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Garcia Bronco (Post 2252057)
Nice beaver

"What's that smell?"

"Oh that would be me. I've been swimming in raw sewage... I love it"

broncosteven 01-14-2009 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Garcia Bronco (Post 2252042)
Not one mention of his greatest role.

El Encantador?

"Dora the Explorer" .... El Encantador (1 episode, 2002)
- The Missing Piece (2002) TV episode (voice) .... El Encantador

ghwk 01-14-2009 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by TheReverend (Post 2252062)
"What's that smell?"

"Oh that would be me. I've been swimming in raw sewage... I love it"

What is that from?

broncosteven 01-14-2009 01:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Kaylore (Post 2252052)
Sorry guys. I can't post anymore. I'm dead. :sickortir

Did you know Montalban played the role of Khan for only $100,000 and it ended up being one of his masterpieces? RIP. He was a stud.

I am not sure what I will do should Gene leave this mortal coil...

I was just chopping onions, ya, those are not tears, thats from some strong onions!

ghwk 01-14-2009 01:46 PM

Dude could make a pony tail and hairless chest look macho.

Gcver2ver3 01-14-2009 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Kaylore (Post 2252052)
Did you know Montalban played the role of Khan for only $100,000 and it ended up being one of his masterpieces?

only?...wasn't 100 grand like 2 million bucks back then?...:P

Crushaholic 01-14-2009 01:47 PM

Kaylore gets married and Ricardo Montalban dies. Coincidence?

Broncomutt 01-14-2009 01:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kaylore (Post 2252052)
Sorry guys. I can't post anymore. I'm dead. :sickortir

Did you know Montalban played the role of Khan for only $100,000 and it ended up being one of his masterpieces? RIP. He was a stud.

I always wondered if he had a prosthetic chest in that movie or he was really in that great a shape for his age. Gonna get flamed for that I'm sure.

Khan is easily one of my favorite villians of all time.

RIP Mr. Montalban. :(

Beantown Bronco 01-14-2009 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by ghwk (Post 2252066)
What is that from?

Should neg rep you for that.

Naked Gun 2 1/2

Beantown Bronco 01-14-2009 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Crushaholic (Post 2252072)
Kaylore gets married and Ricardo Montalban dies. Coincidence?

I guess it is true. A part of you really does die when you get married.

ghwk 01-14-2009 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Beantown Bronco (Post 2252076)
Should neg rep you for that.

Naked Gun 2 1/2

LOL, do what you gotta do...it's not so high that I'd really notice anyway

Kaylore 01-14-2009 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Broncomutt (Post 2252074)
I always wondered if he had a prosthetic chest in that movie or he was really in that great a shape for his age. Gonna get flamed for that I'm sure.

Khan is easily one of my favorite villians of all time.

RIP Mr. Montalban. :(

It was real. He used to be a pushup junky.

Man-Goblin 01-14-2009 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by bronco militia (Post 2252059)
Kaylor is really OJ Simpson? wait, what?

O.J. wasn't the villain in that movie. Actually, Ricardo Montalban orders a hit on him at the beginning.

"kheel hem."


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