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Old 01-14-2009, 01:25 PM   #1
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'Fantasy Island' star Ricardo Montalban dies at 88

By BOB THOMAS
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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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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.
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For the show or the movie?
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only?...wasn't 100 grand like 2 million bucks back then?...
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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.

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I guess it is true. A part of you really does die when you get married.
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Khan is easily one of my favorite villians of all time.

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

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