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Ricardo Montalban Has Passed Away January 14, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Feature Films (TMP-NEM),TOS , trackback

Ricardo Montalban, the actor who portrayed Khan Noonien Singh on Star Trek, died today at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 88. AP has just reported that Montalban’s passing was announced by Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. RadarOnline reports Montalban died of natural causes.


Montalban began his career in Hollywood in the 40s, after moving to the US from his native Mexico. As an actor he appeared in dozens of films and television series over the last seven decades. Montalban is best known to the general public for his role as the enigmatic Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island in the 70s and 80s. Trek fans remember Montalban as the genetically engineered Khan Noonien Singh from the Original Series episode "Space Seed," and probably more notably, in the 1982 feature film Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. Montalban’s unforgettable performance has immortalized him as perhaps Star Trek’s greatest villain, helping propel Wrath of Khan to the top of most fan and critic lists as the best of the Star Trek feature films.

This extended clip from TWOK shows why Trek fans will never forget Montalban…and Khan.

More on Ricardo Montalban’s life and seven decade career at:

UPDATE: Montalban remembered on NBC news



1. BonesCLCW - January 14, 2009

Im shocked!

2. Jason P. Hunt - co-creator of COMET TALES - January 14, 2009

RIP, Mr. Mantalban. You will be missed, along with Khan, Senor Senor Sr., and all the other wonderfully rich characters you portrayed.

We’ve also had the passing of Patrick McGoohan from “The Prisoner” today.

3. MikeG - January 14, 2009

The best Star Trek Villian to date – may he Rest in Peace.

4. beerwriter - January 14, 2009

A quick correction, then feel free to erase this — his name is spelled “Montalban”, not “Mantalban”.

5. Keith - January 14, 2009

Star Trek greats are passing away to often these days. RIP Ricardo!

6. James Heaney - Wowbagger - January 14, 2009

Among my favorite actors. His Senor Senor Senior turned me into a hardcore Kim Possible fan.


7. Edwin - January 14, 2009

NOOOOO! Both Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban in the same day! This is too much!

Thank you Mr. Montalban and Mr. McGoohan for all the great entertainment over the years.

Rest in peace.

8. prccole - January 14, 2009

there will never be another Khan…rest in peace

9. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - January 14, 2009

An excellent, iconic, and prolific actor. He will be missed indeed. Rest in peace, sir.

10. Pabling - January 14, 2009

Typo: his name is spelled “Montalban”

11. Devon Richards - January 14, 2009

Mr Rourke was a bad MoFo. He will be missed.

12. Rosario - January 14, 2009

Sad news.

13. Isaac Serrano - January 14, 2009


Is Ricardo MOntalban.


El Chaco Veloz

14. Bob Dobalina - January 14, 2009

Very sad. He was a class act all the way. True gentlemen of his caliber just aren’t coming out of the molds any more. Rest in peace Ricardo…your amazing legacy will live forever.

15. hitch1969©, producer of "If I Did It, Jr"- a musical for children, starring children. - January 14, 2009

They’re all dying, whats up with this?

this sucks, change it.



16. That One Guy - January 14, 2009

“All good things must come to an end.”


17. Chuck - January 14, 2009

Awesome actor. His wife passed not too long ago. Rest in peace.

18. AJ - January 14, 2009


Thanks for the memories, and rest in peace.

19. OneBuckFilms - January 14, 2009

I wish you godspeed, Ricardo.

Rest In Peace.

20. richr - January 14, 2009

Oh no…


21. 750 Mang - January 14, 2009



22. Weerd1 - January 14, 2009

Rest well…

23. Unbel1ever - January 14, 2009

Ricardo brought Khan alive in a way, that will be remembered long after this sad day.

24. Kristen - January 14, 2009

Very sad news. He gave Trek it’s best villain, hands down. His performance in STII:TWOK was simply amazing. Rest in peace, sir.

25. sean - January 14, 2009

Oh, this is such sad news. He may have played the greatest villain in Trek history, but he seemed like such a genuinely nice man in real life. Plus, who could forget Mr Roarke! Or his role in Planet of the Apes? A significant loss.

26. Other Clark - January 14, 2009

RIP Ricardo. Wow, can’t believe Khan’s gone.

27. Danpaine - January 14, 2009

Just saw this. 88 is a damn good run. God Bless. What a gentleman.

28. krikzil - January 14, 2009

This is terribly sad news. What a consummate professional and gentleman. I still remember attending a seminar done right after the release of TWOK and he was the highlight of the event. So nice to us fans and so full of humor.

My condolences to his family.

29. Devon - January 14, 2009

He lived a very long fulfilling life and seemed nothing but gracious in interviews I have seen him in. Pure class. Rest In Peace Ricardo.

30. Jordan - January 14, 2009

RIP. We’ll never forget you.

2009 sucks…

31. Closettrekker - January 14, 2009

“I should warn you, such men dare take what they want.”—Khan Noonien Singh

32. Andy Patterson - January 14, 2009

Wow! Bummer. I always really liked him. A great prescence. One of the greatest ever on Star Trek! And there were a lot. Always loved him. An inspirational figure. He lived a long life. Wow.

33. Closettrekker - January 14, 2009

“My name is Khan. Please sit and entertain me.” —Khan Noonien Singh

34. John Pemble - January 14, 2009

He freaked me out when I saw Star Trek II in a Newton Iowa theater when I was eleven years old. I kept saying to myself It’s Mr. Rourke just pretending to be bad. I had to walk up the asile when his character Khan put the worms in the helmets. Khan Noonien Singh biggest Star Trek heavy ever.

35. Closettrekker - January 14, 2009

“Each of you in turn will go in there! Die while the others watch!”

36. Closettrekker - January 14, 2009

“I have five times your strength. You’re no match for me!”

Ok. I’m done.

Rest in peace.

37. Steve J. - January 14, 2009

Earlier today, after reading about Patrick McGoohan’s passing, I thought about not hearing anything about Mr. Montalban in a while…So when I get to the Trekmovie site, WOW, what a shocker!!! May they both rest in peace.

38. Enterprise - January 14, 2009

Easily the best Trek movie villain. A Classic actor. The island is closed.

39. John from Cincinnati - January 14, 2009

Khan = best Trek villain of all-time

RIP Mr. Montalban

40. freezejeans - January 14, 2009

Save me a fine, corinthian leather seat up there, Mr. Montalban :(

41. Dansk - January 14, 2009

A damn fine actor. You will be missed…

42. Lu-Wan (JE) - January 14, 2009

Wouldn’t have been Wrath of Khan with out you. Thanks for the best Star Trek movie of all time. Rest in Peace man

43. John from Cincinnati - January 14, 2009

“He tasks me. 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!”

44. THE SMOKE - January 14, 2009

Mr. Montalban was so iconic he will be sadly missed.

45. RedShirtWalking - January 14, 2009



46. Stanky McFibberich - January 14, 2009

A memorable actor and great voice.

47. SirMartman - January 14, 2009

Sad news,,

Ive typed afew things out on my keyboard but I keep deleting what I say,,

Star Trek and Hollywood has lost a true icon,,

48. DesiluTrek - January 14, 2009

Thanks for the great legacy you leave behind for us to continue to enjoy, Mr. Montalban. Not only in “Star Trek,” but your career overall, including from movies and TV guest spots to Mr. Roarke and even that “rich Corinthian leather” in those Chrysler Cordoba land yachts you piched.

This is a brutal day for cult TV fans with his passing and that of Patrick McGoohan. “The Prisoner” was and is brilliant, and was produced during the same creatively fertile, socially questioning time of the ’60s as Trek.
“I am not a number, I am a free man!” — Number Six

49. steveII - January 14, 2009

Chekov: You lie! On Ceti Alpha Five there was life! A fair chance…

Maybe Ricardo rest in peace.

50. Cyberghost - January 14, 2009

RIP Ricardo/Kahn. He will be missed.

One question, in ST:TWOK his chest was rock solid, was it his natural chest or some type of fitting giving us the illusion of a chest the likes of the govenerator? I remember thinking about that when I saw the movie in the theaters, and a rewarching on Dvd.

Does anyone know for sure?

I always remember him doing the car commercial, was the car the Cordova?

RIP, he will be missed.

51. wtf - January 14, 2009

Very sad, but he had a long life.

BTW, how many ways can one article misspell someone’s name? In an obituary, of all things?

52. Driver - January 14, 2009

Goodbye Mr. Montalban, R.I.P.

53. DesiluTrek - January 14, 2009

Classic Montalban for the ’75 Chrysler Cordoba —

54. sherlockfreak - January 14, 2009

RIP Ricardo Montalban.

You will be missed, but more importantly, you will be remembered.

55. JKP - January 14, 2009

I hate that all these heroes (and villains) of my childhood are leaving us. A sad day. Goodbye, Mr. Montalban. :(

56. Clinton - January 14, 2009

A toast, I say, to Mr. Montalban and Mr. McGoohan. They will be missed.

57. ensign joe - January 14, 2009

Warm thoughts to friends and family..

58. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - January 14, 2009

Khann!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. To the Last we grapple with thee. For Hate sake i Spit my Last breath at thee. here will never be anothr like Ricardo Montalbon. he was the greatest Villian In trek and he simply can not be toped. He was a great actor all around. In the Musicles with the likes of Debbie Reynolds to Shows like Twilight Zone to Gunsmoke to Star Trek and of corse fantesey Island. He will be sorly Missed and I wish his family all the Best. Khann!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

59. wtf - January 14, 2009




60. Captain Dunsel - January 14, 2009

Also Mr. Roarke of Fantasy Island…..although of course we’ll mostly remember him as Khan.

Thanks for adding to our existence Mr. Montalban. You are a class act.

61. Jason P. Hunt - co-creator of COMET TALES - January 14, 2009

In the commentary on the Director’s Edition, Nicholas Meyer confirms that was actually Montalban’s chest. No fillers, no substitutes. And Montalban took a smaller salary simply because he enjoyed the part so much and looked forward to playing Khan again.

In every way, a class act.

62. Imrahil - January 14, 2009

RIP. Man, I hope his eulogy doesn’t have some idiot yelling “Khan.”

63. John Trumbull - January 14, 2009

Sucks to hear, especially hearing just minutes after reading about Patrick McGoohan’s death. I’m declaring a mortality moratorium — No more cool actors dying for the rest of the day!

64. Pat Payne - January 14, 2009

Via con Dios, Senor Montalban. :(

65. Pat Payne - January 14, 2009

John, I’d love to lodge a similar complaint with the management, but he’s got his own priorities, sadly…

66. Cyberghost - January 14, 2009

#53 thanks !!

67. screaming satellite - January 14, 2009

this sucks :(…rip ricardo

i know he lived to quite an old age but still…:(

Its a shame TWOK wasnt recognised by the academy in 1982…Ricardo deserved a best supporting actor nom for khan…maybe shatner a best actor nom too..but certainly Ricardo (as did the FX – 1st use of CGI in a film – and score)

I’ll buy one of those genesis Khan figures in tribute…

68. Harry Ballz - January 14, 2009

#50 “was it his natural chest”

Apparently, and this has always been maintained by TPTB, it was all him!

69. uss cowbell - January 14, 2009

The override…where’s the override??

70. Wolf Trek - January 14, 2009

Sadness. Much sadness.

71. Lord Garth, Formerly Of Izar - January 14, 2009

This sucks!!!! Another true Man’s Man gone

72. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - January 14, 2009

I loved Ricardo in all of his Movies. He had a great Role With Debbie Reynolds when she played a nun and he was a preist. Very Comic role and it was just a great movie. His playing of Mr Rourke was just great. he was nice yet kinda dark and yet you loved him anyway. On trek He was just great as a villian and he brought so much of that to the forefront with his amazing talent.I did some checking and in trek 2 that was his real chest and not some plastc chest we saw. So he was always in great shape. He will be missed and i for one am sad as we have lost yet another great actor and a world class Gentleman. Khannnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

73. Orb of the Emissary - January 14, 2009

I just watched Star Trek II the other day and was thinking about him and his performances in Star Trek and wondering what he’s been up to! I am saddened by yet another loss to the Star Trek family.

R.I.P. Ricardo Montalban, thank you for your wonderful performance in Star Trek.

74. ster julie - January 14, 2009

He was such a good actor that I couldn’t stand the sight or sound of
him for 5 years after TWOK. But I forgave him back in 1987. You see,
I was part of this 1200-voice choir singing for the Pope’s visit to Los
Angeles, and Senor Montalban was the Emcee. After one of our “pre-game warm up” songs for the Mass at Dodger Stadium, he turned to us in amazement and *he* applauded *us.* He seemed so sincere. I finally
recognized him as the man he was and not the role he played.

Perdoname, senor. Descanso en paz.

75. steveII - January 14, 2009

As someone pointed out from Fantasy Island…

“Smiles eveyone. Smiles.”

Love that!!

76. Pragmaticus - January 14, 2009

The most vibrant voice in Trek history has been silenced. RIP, Ricardo Montalban.

77. Enterprise - January 14, 2009

Didn’t he invent Corinthian leather?

78. Captain Roy Mustang - January 14, 2009

I will miss him may him and marjel rest in peace!

79. Jeyl - January 14, 2009

Rest you legend to remember, and thank you.

80. Pat D - January 14, 2009

I saw Montalban at the DVD 20th Anniversary Screening on the lot in 2002. I was more amazaed that after he and Nick Meyer spoke that they both went out into the audience and stayed to watch the entire movie, as well as mill around after it was over.

I saw the 3 minute trailer for Star Trek II in St. Louis in April 1982, and chills ran down my spine . . .

_I’ll chase him ’round the moons of Nibia and ’round the Antares maelstrom and ’round perdition’s flame before I give him up! _

81. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 14, 2009

He was a great actor and delivered a memorable performance as Khan in TOS: “Space Seed” and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He will be missed.

RIP Ricardo Montalban.

82. Sean - January 14, 2009

RIP Ricardo…

You legitimized Trek with your superb acting skills and your dedication to your work. You will be missed. I’m going to watch Star Trek II right now in your memory!

83. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - January 14, 2009

Smile everyone Smiles. Now Tell me Why are you here and where may i Find James Kirk. Of Corse we are one Big Happy Fleet. Ah Kirk My Old Frend. Do you know the Klingon Proverb that tells us revenge is a Dish that is Best Served Cold. It is Very cold in Space..I have done far worse then beat you. I have Hurt you and i intend to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me as you left her. Marooned for all Eternaty on the center of a Dead planet. Burried Alive. Burried Alive!. Full impulse power. (No Sir you have genises you can Have Everything you) Full Power!!!!Damn you!!!!!! No Kirk the Games not over. To the last we grapple with thee. For Hates Sake i spit my last breath at Thee!!

84. Captain Presley - January 14, 2009

Adios Amigo.

85. Joe Siegler - January 14, 2009

The only thing to say here is..


86. fizzben - January 14, 2009

Such a great man, such a loss.

87. Greg Stamper - January 14, 2009

My deepest sympathy

88. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - January 14, 2009


89. Shatner_Fan_Prime - January 14, 2009

“You are in a position to demand NOTHING, sir.”

My friends, family & I have been quoting his various lines for 25 years. Awesome actor!! Farewell. Old. Friend.

90. helenofpeel - January 14, 2009

This was unexpected. I am so saddened by this news. He was the consumate professional, and the ultimate Trek “baddie” I loved the most.

I won’t go where so many have already quickly gone. It’s tacky folks.

RIP Ricardo.

91. EnsignJulka - January 14, 2009


RIP! He was my favourite actor who played a Star Trek villain!

92. Captain Hackett - January 14, 2009

Ricardo, you will be sorely missed. Your character as Khan will never be forgotten.

RIP, Khan

93. VERG - January 14, 2009


He will be missed. Good actor…. better bad guy. Everyone get out their copy of STII and watch it tonight.


94. The Spirit of Truth - January 14, 2009

The world is now a much lesser place.

So, just one last time,

95. charliebob - January 14, 2009

Very sad day indeed. They shall be missed. RIP Ricardo Montalban and Patrick McGoohan.

96. BK613 - January 14, 2009

Wow is this winter turning out to be really sad.

Thank you, sirs, for all that you gave. RIP

97. richpit - January 14, 2009

Sad, sad news.

98. Camaro 09 - January 14, 2009


99. rayjay - January 14, 2009

RIP. I was always entertained watching whatever entertainment you appeared in.

100. FranBro - January 14, 2009

For f*cks sake, let’s not let this RIP thread turn into another “Was RB’s chest real in TWOK?” thread.
It was real. It was his. My father who was an actor and also worked in “health spas”, what we now just call gyms, met him a few times. It was real.

RIP Ricardo, you will be sorely missed.


101. Ape Mania! - January 14, 2009

He wil be sadly missed in the Planet Of The Apes community too. He portrayed the human hero Armando in two of the Apes films – Nobody could have played the part as well as he did. He could portray a great villian and hero – How many actors can do that in their careers?

RIP – Ricardo :-(

102. trekboi - January 14, 2009

very sad sad news
i hope his family had time to prepare for his passing.


103. Scott B. here. - January 14, 2009

Weird … I’m listening to Montalban’s voice narrating part of a retrospective of MGM on Turner Classic Movies right this moment (hosted by Patrick Stewart).

Earlier today, a boxing movie with Ricardo was on TCM — 1950’s “Right Cross,” apparently made after his back injury that plagued him the rest of his life. He was in fantastic shape in that movie nevertheless.

Mr. Montalban was a very classy man, and a magnetic performer. He’ll be missed.

Scott B. out.

104. Lousy_Canadian - January 14, 2009

Wow. He was very strong. God bless him.

RIP Ricardo

105. Chris Pike - January 14, 2009

His performances have been and always shall be indelible and unforgettable.

106. trekboi - January 14, 2009

am watching a few scenes from Wrath of Khan in his honour.

107. THX-1138 - January 14, 2009



108. THE GOVERNATOR - January 14, 2009

Sad news. Even so, he will always be remembered through his performance as Kahn. May you R.I.P. kind sir.

109. DmsDyMach - January 14, 2009

Truly a devastating day for fans of both men. The gave us so much, and with such dignity and grace.
Farewell, bold adventurers. We shall never forget you.

110. Will H. - January 14, 2009

Seems like a sad time for the original group of Trek actors. JJ best not recast someone else as Kahn for some other movie, that would be just tasteless. RIP Ricardo.

111. M - January 14, 2009


112. Rich - January 14, 2009

each off you eeen turn will go eeen there!

DIE while the others watch!

RIP, Sir.

total class act.

you are an excellent tactician, captain. You let your second in command ATTACK …while you sit by and watch for WEAKNESSSSS

113. Sean4000 - January 14, 2009

RIP Sir. You were the best!

114. Kahnman - January 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV’s “Fantasy Island,” died Wednesday morning after falling off a baseball stadium, being steamrolled, and trampled by a university marching band

He will be missed.

115. 1701 over Gotham City - January 14, 2009

“Have you ever read Milton, Captain?”

Keep your Vader… Khan was the greatest of the Sci-fi/fantasy villians… made so by Montalbon’s performance and proven by every villian put beside him in comparison. A consumate actor with exquisite timing and emotion in his work.

Scotty: “I must confess, gentlemen, I’ve always held a sneaking admiration for this one.”

Kirk: “He was the best of the tyrants and the most dangerous. They were supermen in a sense. Stronger, braver, certainly more ambitious, more daring.”

116. Cyberghost - January 14, 2009

#61 Thanks, wow was he in shape. Even though I can’t same for the Cordoba. I remember seeing those commercials on TV, I guess I am showing my age, now 47 years old. Back then America the had the lions share of the autos, even though I think there was a Honda Civic.

Agh, the luxury of the Cordaba, smooth ride, a luxury automobile. Not

Ricardo, Cool Guy and a class act!!

117. Ron Mosher - January 14, 2009

Thanks Ricardo! At 88 that is a most excellent run! You’ll be missed especially by us Star Trek fans every time we watch you.

118. boborci - January 14, 2009

Vaya con Dios, Ricardo…

119. cugel the clever - January 14, 2009

Rest In Peace, Mr. Montalban

Khan was absolutely one of the strongest and most memorable characters in the Star Trek universe and you and he will always be remembered.

120. mooseday - January 14, 2009

We lost 2 TV/Film genre greats .. Ricardo and Patrick McGoohan … sucks getting old when ur heroes start passing away. RIP both of ya.

121. Xai - January 14, 2009

God keeps reminding us that we are here just for a short time.


122. YARN - January 14, 2009

Proof that we need new blood in Star Trek. Its past is sadly dying a little more each day.

123. wallace - January 14, 2009

1. He tasks me. 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!

2. 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!

3. He isn’t dead he is on The Botnay Bay waiting for kirk.

124. Chris M - January 14, 2009

This is another sad day for Star Trek! Ricardo Montalban will always have a special place in the heart of all Trekkies. His performance in The Wrath Of Khan will live forever!

125. mooseday - January 14, 2009

FYI For another great performace, check his Columbo episode as a bull fighter ( which also linked him via Columbo to Patrick )

126. CMX54 - January 14, 2009

A little-known pre-Trek show with Mr. Montalban, worth being located:

“Montalban starred in another science fiction script written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry called The Secret Defense of 117. This episode, which aired on the Chevron Hall of Stars (aka Chevron Theater) in March 1956, was Roddenberry’s first science fiction sale to television.”

–from Memory Alpha

RIP Mr. Montalban!

127. Sam Belil - January 14, 2009

The GREATEST and yes, the MOST CHARMING ST Villain ever!!!

128. T.U.M. - January 14, 2009

Always a class act, and never a dull performance.

IIRC, his birthday was the same as my sister’s, and we always made a big deal of it, just for fun. Like, I’d address her birthday card, “To L. and RIcardo.”

129. Rich - January 14, 2009

jeez #125- i hope that doesn’t mean that Peter Falk is next. now THAT will be another sad day.

130. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - January 14, 2009

Weather it be a priest on the Movie the Singing Nun With Debbie Reynolds to His Crazy villian Role On the Naked Gun Movie to his Protrayel of Mr Rouarke Of fantesey island to the very Bad Khan!!!!!. he was a great and talented Actor and a Genuine and careing man. He will be Missed. rest in peace Sir.

131. Buzz Lancaster - January 14, 2009

The Universe seems smaller now… A little bit…

Montalban was a fine actor but an outstanding human being.

He will be worldwide remembered for his work as Mr. Roarke in “Fantasy Island” but for us TREKKERS he will be always THE BEST villain (yet human) in all Star Trek saga…!!

God speed Mr. Montalban… May he rest in peace…! He will be missed…

My condolences to all his family, friends and fans.

Marcelo Carvalho
– From Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

132. Wick - January 14, 2009

Ricardo was a fine actor. He was really able to sell the fact that Kahn was a great man from history. I know he had some health issues in the past, being confined to a wheel chair. But he managed to make it tell he was 88, a very strong man he was. We do not need to be sad, he lived a full life and left behind a strong legacy. Rest in peace Ricardo, you will be remembered.

133. JYHASH - January 14, 2009

Godspeed, Great Khan. Yours is superior.


134. GaryS - January 14, 2009

all my hopes and best wishes to his family and friends.
And Patrick Mcgoohan as well?
oh what a terrible day this is .
My heart goes out to his loved ones as well.
Thank you both for being true Gentlemen and First Class Professionals.

135. Pat Payne - January 14, 2009


Sadly, Mr. Falk (another great actor) doesn’t look like he’s much longer for this world, as his family announced he has pronouced Alzheimer’s… :(

136. Lt. Bailey - January 14, 2009

The best non-Starfleet character in the entire series, no doubt about it. Hardly a villian but perhaps just misunderstood after being marooned on Ceti-Alpha 5 with all those Eels.

He will be missed for all that he gave in entertainment, a truely gracious man and a gentlemen.

I still remember his commercials for Chrysler….

Another toast to absent friends. God Bless him and Rest In Peace

137. Cyberghost - January 14, 2009

I thinks the last time I saw him on TV was when he was getting his star on the Hollywood walk of fame, in a wheelchair, with family and a couple of ST TOS co stars.

Does anyone remember that? And when? Or was that James Doohan? If not, he should be there.

How about a little help?

Again RIP, you will be missed.

138. CommonSense - January 14, 2009

He will be missed.

139. trekboi - January 14, 2009

“…As long as we remember him.”

140. classictrek - January 14, 2009

Im shocked at this news. My goodness how sad. Im speechless.



141. Lancelot Narayan - January 14, 2009

So, so sad.

I know it’s an old cliche, but they really don’t make ’em like that anymore. Mr. Montalban was from another, cooler, more wonderful Hollywood.

I can’t believe how bummed I am by this news.

142. Alan - January 14, 2009

This is incredibly shocking and saddening news. My deepest and sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

RIP Ricardo Montalban

143. Greg2600 - January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montelban and Patrick McGoohan, two great actors.

144. Peter N - January 14, 2009

A truly great figure in Hollywood who – through Nosotros – had an unbelievably positive impact upon the fortunes of Latin actors. Without him, we probably would not have Edward James Olmos commanding the Galactica. Of course he was unforgettable as Khan – both on the small as well as the big screen – and his suave but mysterious portrayal of Mr. Rourke was incredibly nuanced. Rest in peace, your legacy is assured.

Sad news also about Patrick McGoohan. I remember watching a Prisoner marathon over a few days some years ago and thought he was *the* perfect fit for that show – and what a weird, twisted show it was. I have my doubts about the A&E reimagining, but if it stirs interest in the original psychological drama then it won’t be all bad. RIP, Mr. McGoohan.

145. pizza - January 14, 2009

The standard to which all other Trek villains are measured.

146. WVtrekker - January 14, 2009

Sad, he was a very talented man. R.I.P. Mr Mantalban, you’ll always be remembered.

147. COMMANDER KEEN - January 14, 2009


God bless and God speed Richardo!

148. MORN SPEAKS - January 14, 2009

I just heard on the evening news, this is very sad to lose another great talent.

149. Darfyn - January 14, 2009

He was a well known lead and lead support actor in Hollywood for sixty years which definitely makes him a Film and Acting Legend who was also Ambassador for the American Hispanic Community , and was a well known Gentleman et al . Please let me refer to Ricardo affectionately as the ‘Grand Mantelbum’ , and wish that this wonderful actor and family man is accepted into the everlasting Paradiso Rancho !

150. I'm a Doctor not a __________! - January 14, 2009

Truly an underrated actor, and a God fearing gentleman to boot. He will be missed.

151. Charles Trotter - January 14, 2009

Goodbye, Mr. Montalban. You were always a joy to watch. Rest in peace, and say hi to Herve and Madlyn for me.

152. Gustavo Valente - January 14, 2009

Sad, sad news……

I will honor him by watching Space Seed on my DVD player tonight

Rest in Peace Ricardo

Greetings from Brazil

153. Fwise3 - January 14, 2009

Rest in peace.

154. Canonista the Cultist - January 14, 2009

Sad day for Star Trek indeed. Ricardo Montalban had class. Obviously a great talent has been lost.

155. MrRegular - January 14, 2009

I just got on Yahoo and saw the news. Very, very sad.
The best villian of any Trek generation, hands down, played by an actor who was also well known for his work in Planet of the Apes.
Ricardo Montalban will not be forgotten!!

156. Chris Dawson - January 14, 2009

Listening to Mr. Montalban speak at a Los Angeles Star Trek convention, I was amazed at just how nice, humble and compassionate this man truly was.
It seems so rare to see someone like that these days.
No cynicsm, no sour grapes.
An honest man, who truly was a superman as he stated how he had worked so hard, despite being in tremendous physical pain.

God bless Ricardo Montalban and his family.

157. I'm Captain Kirk... I'M CAPTAIN KIRK! - January 14, 2009

First Majel, now Ricardo… It chokes me to think that the TOS-era stars who are still all so near and dear to my heart will pass on eventually. They will all, however, be immortal. Rest in peace, Ricardo, you certainly made your mark.

“On Earth, two hundred years ago, I was a prince with power over millions…”

158. DarthDogg - January 14, 2009

Damn you Death ! DAMN YOU STRAIT TO HELL !! I am tired of you. look at how many greats you have taken from us latley, all the while, Adam Sandler still roams the earth. DAMN YOU!

159. Chancellor Jake - January 14, 2009

It is very sad news to hear of another veteran from Star Trek passing.
Rest in Peace, Ricardo. I shall watch TWoK in your honor, this weekend.

160. Garovorkin - January 14, 2009

Yeah and Patrick McGoohan of the Prisoner died as well. This has been a rather sad day indeed.

161. M G B - January 14, 2009


He’s no longer in pain anymore.

God bless you Ricardo Montalban

162. steve623 - January 14, 2009

Character, charisma, and class

They don’t make them like him anymore, and we are all the poorer for it.

163. Van Banoovong - January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalban’s contributions to Star Trek is respected and cemented. He is the best Star Trek villain who will be a hard act to follow. To all of us, he is Khan Noonian Singh, arch-enemy of Captain Kirk. He’s also remembered for the television series, Fantasy Island. Ricard will be missed by all.

164. T.U.M. - January 14, 2009

#136 – That’s the bst sort of villain, isn’t it? One who retains a spark of his humanity; one you can look at and say, “But for this or that twist of fate or personality, that could have been the hero, or even myself.”

165. EM - January 14, 2009

“. . . from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.”

Noone has ever delivered a Herman Melville line with as much conviction and understanding. This line has stuck with me since I heard it in the theatre in 1982.
I grew up with “Fantasy Island”, so many good memories of this man.
A great loss. Condolences.

166. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - January 14, 2009

What the…STOP DYING, people!! First Mrs. Roddenberry, now Montalban?!?

On a side note, the article says “RadarOnline reports Motlablan died…” Who’s Motlablan? XD

167. spocks rubber ears - January 14, 2009

Kirk -Khaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!

Bones -He’s dead jim

168. Paul B. - January 14, 2009

How many copies of “Wrath of Khan” will be watched tonight? I know I’ll be watching mine to see Montalban’s outstanding villainy. I also grew up watching him as Mr. Rourke, but there’s a limit to what I’ll watch in tribute to anybody. :)

Just think, if we all started our DVDs at the same moment, one huge collective “KHANNNNNNNNN!” would ring out in tribute…

169. Kirk's Girdle - January 14, 2009



Sad to say, we knew it was coming. He’d been chairbound for several years already. One of a kind that man. One of the most commanding presences on screen.

170. rag451 - January 14, 2009

I knew he had been in poor health, so perhaps his passing will ease his pain and that of his family. He was a good actor, full of depth, able to portray the best good guys or the worst bad guys. He’s one of the few actors whose previous roles did not bear on me whenever I saw them in something else.

Truly a loss for Star Trek and for Hollywood.

171. Nemesis4909 - January 14, 2009

Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels his was the most…KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!


R.I.P Ricardo Montalban you will never be forgotten.

172. Daniel Broadway - January 14, 2009

That’s sad. Khan is one of my favorite villains of all time.

173. Fleet Captain Kor'Tar - January 14, 2009

Wow. That is sad news . Ironically , DST just sent me a “Genesis” (Crispy) Khan for taking part in their Ask DST article and it arrived on today of all days .

He was one of the best actors I have seen , he brought such elegance , and passion to the roles he played . I caught a rerun of Bonanza a week or 2 ago where he was playing a native American and I stopped and watched the whole thing simply because he was in it. And a few months before I caught an episode of Hawaii Five 0 that he was a guest star in and I again I had to watch . He brought such gravitas to each role he played . He was an awesome , awesome , awesome, actor .

RIP sir .

Yours is superior.

174. NoonienSpock - January 14, 2009

Mr. Montalban was also wonderful in ‘Neptune’s Daughter’ with Esther Williams.

Thanks for the memories.

175. JWM - January 14, 2009

He was a terrifically gifted actor, and gave one of the most subtly brilliant villain performances in cinema history. Regardless of whether you are a Star Trek fan, you know Khan.

His body of work as a whole was wonderful and memorable. I feel lucky to have been able to enjoy it.

176. TrekMadeMeWonder - January 14, 2009

Now perhaps Madlyn Rhue will have another opportunity!

177. COMPASSIONATE GOD - January 14, 2009

So sad. I was a fan of R.M. well beyond his Star Trek work for decades.

He broke ground in the industry and will be missed. Rare talent.

He’s certainly in a better place, now.

178. Trekologist - January 14, 2009

God Bless and Rest in Peace Mr. Montalban.

179. ksmsscu - January 14, 2009

Two very sad losses to our community and to the world.

“There she is! There she is! Ah — not so wounded as we were led to believe…
so much the better.”

“I am not a number! I am a free man!”

Rest in peace, Mssrs. Montalban and McGoohan, and sincere condolences to your families.

180. Richard Daystrom - January 14, 2009

Rest in Peace Mr. Roarke

181. George - January 14, 2009

Another sad day for the Star Trek universe,

Rest in peace Richardo

182. vulcanicity - January 14, 2009

My word,

What a sad day for sci-fi

Khan and Number 6

183. Brad Vulcan - January 14, 2009

KHAN ! You blood sucker ! ..And I just re-inserted my emotion chip after Majel’s passing… :-(

184. montreal paul - January 14, 2009

My sympathies to his family. A huge loss.

After watching that clip again.. it just reconfirms how well written and acted TWOK was. Ricardo had great lines and excellent delivery. That scene was great in every aspect.. I even found the score and the pacing to be perfect.

I gree with what a couple people said.. best villian ever… and even better than Darth Vader.

185. KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!! - January 14, 2009


186. deathstaraven - January 14, 2009

It is truly a sad, sad day for us all. He will be truly missed. R.I.P.

187. vulcanicity - January 14, 2009

And just to say….

Khan my my first scary Villiain!

Jaws was musically threatening

Vader looked the part

But Khan made me see how ugly people can be



188. mooseday - January 14, 2009

Well, one of the few interesting lines in Indy 4, “We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away.” – for some reason I think this year I’m starting to feel old …

I think many of my ( our? ) heroes on the 60’s and 70’s cult and classic film or TV are hitting THAT age ( Faulk, Clint, Hackman, Connery, Moore and the TOS crew ) where we will be left with only their legacies. Already we are down Schnieder, Newman to name a few.

Sounds callous and dour maybe, but appreciate them whilst we have them.


189. DarthLowBudget - January 14, 2009

Rest in Peace, Mr Montalban

190. Sybok's Secret Brother - January 14, 2009

He was why I fell in love with Trek.

Thank-you sir, rest in peace.

191. Balok - January 14, 2009

time to break out another TOS episode… god bless Ricardo…

192. section9 - January 14, 2009

Montalban’s Khan was the iconic Star Trek villian for one, overriding reason.

He was a human being gone terribly wrong.

May Montalban rest in peace.

193. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - January 14, 2009

I think Tonight and tommorow we should all watch Space Seed and Star Trek 2 the Wrath of Khan. Maybe an Episode of Fantesey Island or The Naked Gun from the files of police Squad. RIP Ricardo.

194. Kirk's Revenge - January 14, 2009

Khan has always been my favorite movie villain. I can’t imagine anyone else playing him but Ricardo Montalban. Truly one of the greats!

Rest in Peace.

195. Jorg Sacul - January 14, 2009

Rest in peace, Ricardo, you now belong to the ages.

196. Rommy - January 14, 2009

A truly classy man– someone who reportedly lived with a lot of physical pain in his later years, but always kept his dignity. It was a dignity and a pride in his heritage that made his performance as Khan, one of the great screen madmen, a remarkable testament to his ability and passion as an actor.

197. Blowback - January 14, 2009

RIP Ricardo, you will be missed…

198. Garovorkin - January 14, 2009

Ricard Montalban ‘s Khan was the coolest trek villain of all time.

199. dyaleleon - January 14, 2009

The best scene in the best ST movie. And the best score.

200. KDoug - January 14, 2009

Rest in peace, Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino. There will never be another like you.

201. The Invader (In Color) - January 14, 2009

RIP Mr. Montalban…you were a great actor!

202. JamfoFL - January 14, 2009

I loved how, even confined to his wheelchair, he was still able to play the role of the kick-butt grandfather in the Spy Kids movies. Even in his condition, he brought compasion, humor and presence to the role. Most actors egos wouldn’t even allow them to be seen that way on-screen.

Good bye and good rest, Mr. Montalban!

203. Jordan - January 14, 2009

I’m devastated. His role as Khan is one of the most powerful performances in Star Trek history. He’ll be dearly missed.

204. F.Harris - January 14, 2009

Very sad. He will be missed. I saw him once at a convention in Pasadena, California in March 2001 and he was definitely a class act…a very dignified and elegant gentleman. RIP Mr. Montalban.

205. Entrprs6666 - January 14, 2009

Wasn’t it just last week that Biography included Mr. Montalban on their salute to Star Trek day? I learned so much about him and had totally forgotten that he had played Armando in the the 2 Apes films. I could never watch Fantasy Island again after seeing TWOK; I just couldn’t trust Mr. Roarke after totally being blown away by his awesome portrayal of Khan. I just knew Roarke was up to no good.
As for Mr. McGoohan, another fine actor. His portrayal of Number 6 in The Prisoner still resonates with me. I was hoping he could make a cameo in the miniseries planned for A&E.

May they both rest in peace.

206. Green-Blooded-Bastard - January 14, 2009

Geezus H, man what a loss. That was a guy that really knew how to convey emotion in his work. Best Trek villain? Heck, probably in the top 5 screen villains of all time.

I will have a quiet drink and raise my glass tonight to him.

207. Heywood Jablomee - January 14, 2009

Vaya con Dios, Ricardo. And Thank You.

208. EFFeX - January 14, 2009

Ahh man, what terrible news. I wasn’t expecting to see this.

R.I.P. to a legend, I enjoyed Montalban’s Trek/non-Trek work very much.

Thanks for all the memories.

209. Kerr Avon - January 14, 2009

Rest in peace, Pat McGoohan. You created the greatest science fiction show of all time.

It is also sad to lose Ricardo Montalban, a stalwart of Star Trek, on the same day.

Will we ever see their ilk again?

210. Jesustrek - January 14, 2009

RIP,,,,Mr Ricardo Montalban i miss you.

Descanse en Paz, Un Mexicano triunfador, y el mejor villano de Star Trek.
Condolencias para su Familia.

Te Recordaremos con Afecto,Siempre.

211. Chadwick - January 14, 2009


A great guy, you will be missed.

212. S. John Ross - January 14, 2009

#209: Yeah, two extraordinarily strong screen presences, in one day :(

Rest in Peace, gentlemen, and there is no way to express the debt I owe to each of you.

213. captain shroom - January 14, 2009

This is very sad news. He was such a versatile and strong actor. Old school like Shatner and Heston.

He will be missed.

It is particularly sad to lose another Trek veteran with the new movie just around the corner.

Death in the shadow of new life…

214. Charlie - January 14, 2009


IT’S THE APOCALYPSE!!! That’s what I said when Angelina Jolie had that last kid! The beast with 7 heads and all.

But, really now, sorry to see you go, bud. But, now your back & hip don’t hurt no more and you’re with your beloved wiiiiiiiiiiifffe!

215. noirgwio - January 14, 2009

My sister and I just watched Space Seed last night, we were just saying how we wondered what he’s up to… I haven’t even told her yet. He’s one of her retro-crushes – y’know, where you go: ‘if I had a time machine and could hook up with…’ Mine is Sherry Jackson, hers is Ricardo. Also, earlier in the day I stumbled upon the ‘KHHAAN!!!’ Capt. Kirk action figure, which started the whole conversatiom and led to us watching the TOS ep. I really am stunned… Alot of Trek related deaths over the past year. Sad. He will be missed.

216. Plum - January 14, 2009

Sadness. :(

217. Mike Ten - January 14, 2009

This is a sad day. It seemed like only yesterday that Mr. Montalban was doing the Spy Kids movies in his wheel chair and all I could think of was Khan.

Rest in Peace Mr. Montalban, and Mr. McGoohan.

218. Third Remata'Klan - January 14, 2009

RIP, Senor.

219. Leonel - January 14, 2009

Shock isn’t even enough to describe my feelings. Except that I’m really beginning to feel old, much like others have expressed the same. Rest in peace, Ricardo Montalban.

220. B - January 14, 2009

“Time is a predator that stalks us all our life”
-Dr. Soran

It’s unfortunate that many TOS icons have been passing on, but I suppose it’s an unfortunate part of life. They may have passed away, but they’ll be forever immortal thanks to Star Trek. Once again, my condolences go to the friends and families of Mr. Montalban.

Remember: “All Good things… must come to an end”

221. Lazaj - January 14, 2009

He will be missed, what a great villian he played in trek world. Just watching the short clip makes me want to watch that movie again

222. Daoud - January 14, 2009

God bless him, all his good works and great deeds done to advance people of all ethnicities in Hollywood… There’s certainly no Miltonian afterlife for Sir Ricardo, Knight of the Order of St Gregory. I won’t be surprised in another few decades if he isn’t beatified as Saint Ricardo…

Although he is gone, the memory of his example should live on for a very long time…

Easily one of the greatest Mexican citizens of all time.

223. Baroner - January 14, 2009

Ricardo kicked ass and everybody knew it. How’d he still have those pecs in 1982???

Oh, and I can’t resist bringing this up again (26 years in a row now): why the hell didn’t Kirk raise his shields in time?!! Total B.S.

224. SteveinSF - January 14, 2009

Sigh…rest in peace Mr. Montalban and Mr. McGoohan. Old school talent that can never be replaced or repeated.

225. RIP Ricardo Montalban « Weather Station 1 - January 14, 2009

[…] More of his life story can be found here. […]

226. P Technobabble - January 14, 2009

Two fine actors who will always be remembered fondly in the sci-fi community for bringing great characters to life.

227. Brett Campbell - January 14, 2009

Yours is a superior legacy.

Man, what crappy news to end the day.

I loved him as Armando in the “Planet of the Apes” films and he is unforgettable in this classic “Star Trek” role. What a great freakin’ movie TWOK is!

Paramount, please get Shatner and Nimoy together on screen before it is no longer possible to do so. The clock ticks on relentlessly.

228. rebecca - January 14, 2009

In high school, when I first read an excerpt from Moby Dick for an English class, I got excited when I recognized bits of Khan’s dialogue (I hadn’t known what he was quoting – so for me it was more like Ahab quoting Star Trek than the other way around).


229. Son of Sarek - January 14, 2009

Rest in peace Mr. Montalban. You have left an indelible legacy in the entertainment industry, especially Trek.

“200 years ago I was a prince, with power over millions…”

230. Nathan - January 14, 2009

Khan shall have his revenge…one way, or the other.

Rest in peace, Mr. Montalban.

231. Bobby - January 14, 2009

you will be remembered.

rest in peace

232. The Galactic Battleburger - January 14, 2009

“Quien es mas macho? Lorenzo Lamas … o Ricardo Montalban. Quien es mas macho? Lamas? …….. o Montalban?”

Montalban all the way. Thanks for the great memories of watching you in ST2:TWOK as a 12-year-old. You’re the reason I’m a Trekkie.

May you rest in peace …

233. The Wild Man of Borneo - January 14, 2009

i am very saddened.

“He’s not really dead…as long as we remember him.”

And you will be remembered always and forever and in your films giving entertainment to future generations to come.

Rest In Peace, you’ve lived a life worth remembering. Tonight I will toast to your name.

234. Canon Schmanon - January 14, 2009

Best Trek villain ever! Always a class act. Rest in Peace, Ricardo.

235. Ralph - January 14, 2009

I pray that the family is comforted. What a great man.

236. Shatner_Fan_Prime - January 14, 2009

Has anyone else noticed that the AP obit that’s being reprinted all over doesn’t mention his work on Star Trek? What’s up with that? I know the man enjoyed decades of successful roles, but Khan was surely one of his most well-known?

237. Riker 001 - January 14, 2009

Via Con Dios our old friend…

238. Spock - January 14, 2009

Bless him! The greatest villain in Trek, bar none.

239. Kareem Owete - January 14, 2009

One of the most under-rated actors of this or any time.

He will be missed.

240. Spock - January 14, 2009

I have only this to add!

241. asdasda - January 14, 2009

Great actor, great movie. Can’t wait for Star Trek II on Blu ray.

242. cd - January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalban and Patrick MacGoohan were both class acts, and it’s sad to hear that have gone. May they both rest in peace.

243. Random Red Shirt - January 14, 2009

Don’t worry, folks.
We well see Khan again in Star Trek XII: The Wrath of the Recast

244. MattTheTrekkie - January 15, 2009

Good by Ricardo Montalban, my you rest in peace. Your contribution to Star Trek has been very appreciated :)

245. Iowagirl - January 15, 2009

– Rest in Peace Mr. Montalban –

You will live on as Khan, the most charismatic Star Trek villain ever.

246. Nostromo - January 15, 2009

Sad news. There’s a tribute from Harry at AICN that includes Montalban’s older movie work and a lot of YouTube clips here: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/39767

247. Scott Xavier - January 15, 2009

I will miss you, you were like an uncle I never had.

248. neonknights - January 15, 2009

Rest in Peace, Senior Montalban.

249. Mark Lynch - January 15, 2009

Always enjoyed whatever I saw him in.

I am saddened for the families loss.

250. thorsten - January 15, 2009

Ruhe In Frieden, Ricardo.

251. G-Boss - January 15, 2009

A wonderful Actor and a better Human Being.
He will be sadly missed.

252. Arcadians - January 15, 2009


253. DJT - January 15, 2009

Goodbye, old friend.

254. KWS - January 15, 2009

He indeed was the greatest villain in trek history… and he made it look easy….

A nice man and a real pro. We won’t see his like again I believe.

Rest in peace, sir.

255. CS. - January 15, 2009

Sad News indeed. However I am reminded of a recent quote I saw on TV:

“When someone dies it’s always sad. But if it happens before the age of 80 its really sad, when it happens after the age of 80, it’s life.”

As far as I know he had a wonderful life. So let us remember that. Having said that, I am off to go watch Trek II !

256. Holger - January 15, 2009

This is saddening news. Godspeed, Ricardo Montalban.

I’m gonna watch Space Seed this evening.

257. ANDREA - January 15, 2009

Love to you Ricardo! Rest in peace…. i miss you.

your performances will be remembered forever…

258. xevious - January 15, 2009

You were cool Ricardo.

At 88, you lived long and prospered.

259. Parosu Grasu - January 15, 2009

RIP Ricardo!

260. Ciarán - January 15, 2009

This is a truly terrible loss to the Star Trek family. It is reminding us that “time is gaining on us”. Our elder actors are in the final stage in life and will not be around for too much longer. We should appreciate them as much as possible for as long as God keeps them on the Earth. I dread to think of the day when William Shatner kicks the bucket……..not gonna think about it, actually!

261. Len Krieger - January 15, 2009

May Angels Sing Thee To Thy Rest
Over So Faster Than De Plane
A Place Better Than Corenthian Leather
In Heaven No One Will Scream “Khan! except to praise your accomplishments.
Revenge is Never Served
And The Music is Greater than All The MGM Musicals
and More Beautiful than all of Mexico.

Until We Meet again, May God Bless You And Welcome You Home.

262. AJ - January 15, 2009

From the NY Times obituary:

“In 1967, during the first season of “Star Trek,” he was a guest star as Khan Noonien Singh, a tyrannical superhuman villain; he reprised the role in the 1982 “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” giving a performance that was gleefully and confidently weird.

“With his fierce profile, long white hair, manful décolletage and Space Age jewelry, Mr. Montalbán looks like either the world’s oldest rock star or its hippest Indian chief,” Janet Maslin wrote, reviewing the film in The New York Times. “Either way, he looks terrific.” ”

His full name, by the way, is Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino.


263. Dart - January 15, 2009

R.I.P. He was much loved.

264. captain_neill - January 15, 2009

I am really saddened to hear of Ricardo’s passing.

A great actor who will never be forgotten.

265. CmdrR - January 15, 2009

Another light in the Trek Galaxy… and indeed an accomplished man and actor.

266. Andy D - January 15, 2009


267. Crusade2267 - January 15, 2009

Try as they might, no Trek movie villan has ever matched Khan. A true loss to us all.

Condolances to Mr. Montalban’s family

268. Lyle - January 15, 2009

You didn’t expect to find me! You thought this was Ceti Alpha VI! Ahhhh…. Why are you here?

(lifts Checkov up like a Russian-accented kitten)


Improve a machine and you may double productivity, but improve man and you gain a thousandfold!!!

RIP Mr. Montalban. A great actor, a classy guy, and one of the last great Hollywood actors.

Not to mention he was hilarious in The Naked Gun!

Now tell me…. Why are you here – and tell me where I may find…..

Frank Drebin!

269. Planet Pandro - January 15, 2009

ST II: TWOK was the first ST movie I ever saw, and shaped my personal ST fandom from that point forward. What an impression it made on that young boy I was so many years ago…this sad news feels that much heavier…

My condolences, and my thanks for the wonderful performance I have rewatched and rewatched as I grew up. It means alot.

270. Buddykarl - January 15, 2009

Thank you, Mr. Montalban, for all the great roles you have performed, on television, in the movies and on stage. Thank you for all that you have brought to us and left with us to remember you by. In your later years, although you were in great pain and discomfort, when the cameras were rolling or the sound reel was recording, you gave us what you have always given us; professionalism, respect and dignity. You brought forth a worthy cause to bring equality to people who were cast aside or placed in stereotypical roles. You took pride in your country and your countrymen and to all others who shared your common heritage. All you asked in return was the respect and honor you gave to others. Rest easy now, sir, as you are now at peace and no longer in pain, joining your wife, one of the longest and enduring and loving relationships in Hollywood, in the great beyond.

Thank you, Mr. Montalban, thank you.

271. Eduardo Cordeiro - January 15, 2009

I´m out of words.
A great loss for the artistic world and especially for Trek and the fans.
Godspeed mister Montalban. We will meet again.

Vá Com Deus!
A fan from Brazil.

272. earthclanbootstrap - January 15, 2009

A true gentleman, artist and professional. There was no one quite like him and he will be missed.

273. Star Trackie - January 15, 2009

A true Latin gentlemen from times long past. We could all learn a thing or two by taking a page from this man’s book.

Rest in Peace.

274. DaveM - January 15, 2009

#50 – According to Nick Meyer in the DVD featurette on ST:TWOK entitled Designing Khan, the chest was all his, not enhanced in any way.

275. Trek Nerd Central - January 15, 2009

Bless him & his family.

262 AJ, thanks for posting that marvelous bit from the NY Times. I was about to, then I saw you had. “Gleefully and confidently weird” – yes!

276. The joeab - January 15, 2009

r i p mr. Montalbon Just heard the news on Paul Harvey news. One of things that he was known for was STAR WARS Wrath of khan. So much for the saying from God’s mouth to Paul Harvey’s ears.

277. Mugz - January 15, 2009

RIP Mr Montalban – you were one of the greats!!! Have fun on the other side – I’m sure you’re ripping up the scenary already :)

RIP also Patrick McGoohan.

Two more cinema/TV greats gone – not a good day….. :(

278. Satangkai - January 15, 2009

Just here to add a thought about a emmy award he won back in 1979, He payed on the ABC Mini-Series called “How the West was Won”, starring a (still living 93 year old James Arness) of Gunsmoke fame.

But he had played the noble Native American tribal leader of the plains in a brave stand, knowing it would be his last, his nam was Satangkai, and I may say without hesitation I had nor ever have seen a more moral and believable performance by any other actor in my life in the three part story arch he did in that short run series, here was a man still in his 50’s of power and , not just physical, a noble bearing and DIGNITY he brought to that role of the great Native American won hm that Emmy Award as best actor, I hope all of you may get to watch him as Indian leader Satangkai!

I do not know if the series is avaliable on DVD or tape or blue-ray but I would recomend by all means possible that if you love Ricardo Montalban at the peak of his craft , and ony three years before he did reprise the also immortal Khan, than by all means go out and get the first three episodes of “How the west was Won” ABC mini series.

Ever want to see a grown man cry?, you just watch it yourself, after you watch him in THAT role one can never forget it or him, and you will always praise and recomend to other fans as a prime example of his fine craft!

RIP Satangkai noble Brave!, Khan the Great, Mr Rourke master of Generosity, but to you Sir, Mr.Montalban, never to be forgotten, folks, get that 3 part story….amoung nhis best work and his Emmy for it spoke volumes, it could have been a theatrical movie for him, it was that good, whenever he was on screen..God bless you Sir.

279. The Collector - January 15, 2009

We’ve lost 2 of Sci-Fi’s Legends and damn fine actors.

Descanse en paz Señor Montalban

Rest in peace Mr. McGoohan

280. Danpaine - January 15, 2009

#280 – Satangkai – I am a HUGE fan of How The West Was Won. I believe it only came out officially on DVD overseas, so be careful where you buy a set, make sure it’s the correct format. I bought a bootlegged copy of the entire series on DVD off Ebay a couple of years ago, and watch it often….yes, Ricardo’s portrayal of the Indian leader is certainly a standout performance. I really wish they’d do this series right on DVD, and release it with extras, properly edited, etc. Maybe when Arness passes….

281. Cosmo Kid - January 15, 2009

Truly sad Trek news….Goodbye Mr. Montalban, may you rest in peace.

282. Doug in Kabul, Afghanistan - January 15, 2009

Montalban was, like many of his generation, a true actor, and dare I say it, a star.

During the 60s and 70s he showed up in some of the most unlikely of places on TV and movies. His versatility insured that. And it was a slam dunk for Star Trek to get him to play Kahn, the best of the TREK villains, in my opinion… not once, but as we all know, twice.

I remember him playing an Asian man (a villain, naturally) on Hawaii Five-O, something today that would not be tolerated. He has played Mexican gunslingers, Native American Indians, Indian (Kahn) and countless other roles. As was pointed out, his role in ‘Escape from the Planet of the Apes’ was an essential, charming element of that film.

He will be missed. sorely.

someone mentioned his commercials for Chrylser… would that be *rich* corinthian leather?

Yet another loss for us all… I’m sad for our dual loss in the genre world (I loved ‘The Prisoner.’) today. McGoohan was, like Montablan, a class act.

283. Satangkai , Just a fan of Mr. Montalban, and sharing in this time of our loss. - January 15, 2009

281 Thank you for you’re words, yes, I agree and let me state for the record here, I am in no way connected with the site mentioned for Mr Montalbans emmy winning series story arch portrayal of the great Souix Chief Satankai, though I did in fact just order it, I checked on it and it is a legit enterprise, and will have my dvd set in less than a week.

Danpaine you too remember the thrills and chills as a young man too, in his noble portrayal that he gave us all?, In that his Emmy performance and how one could only wish to carry forth some of those atributes he honestly portrayed Satangkai from the heart, in every scene from that dignified life…
Feeling like a “fan boy” here talking this way out of grief for the love of a man and his work , I can only hope I have in some some small ways done right to my wife, children and our familys and friends, and somehow giving back to our world as one can, as the generous Mr Montalban did in his life, very well lived.

Mr Montalban won an Emmy award for outstanding supporting actor playing a Sioux Indian leader in How the West Was Won (1978), The American ABC television mini-series.
The Screen Actors Guild gave him a lifetime achievement award in 1993.

284. Melinda H. - January 15, 2009

I thought of him today, and then found out he had died. That’s strange isn’t it?
He was one of my very favorites. So classy, kind, articulate. A very great actor. Definately from old school .
I always watched any movie or t.v. show that he was in. You must look up when he was on “The Golden Girls”. I loved “Neptunes Daughter”, Zorro, Fantasy Island, the Star Trek episode, and then of coarse “The Wrath of Khan.
He will be sadly missed.
Melinda H.

285. Boingo - January 15, 2009

Possibly the only man in history who could make a woman orgasm just by saying his own name.

He will be sorely missed.

286. William Kirk - January 15, 2009

Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban …..rest in peace.
Thank you Mr. Montalban and Mr. McGoohan for entertaining us on TV and in the movies for so long.
They both will be missed.

287. Kev-1 - January 15, 2009

He was classic Hollywood, too. I wish I had been fortunate enough to see him at a convention. Who else could have pulled off; “Ill chase him ’round the moons of Tybia and through perdition’s flames before I give him up.”

288. Xplodin' Nacelle - January 15, 2009


First Majel, now Ricardo. What a year so far.

289. Sotirios Moshonas - January 15, 2009

Hi, everyone:

I hope everyone will like this photo of Mr. Montalban:


Thank you, Mr. Montalban for everything that you have worked hard throughout the years.

I am happy that you are reunited with your beloved wife. If you see Gene and Majel, say “Hello” for all of us Star Trek fans down here on earth.

You will be missed here but I am happy that you and your wife are living in a better place.

God bless both of you.

290. John from Cincinnati - January 15, 2009

All of the Ricardo Montalbans, Richard Widmarks, Burt Lancasters, Van Johnsons, Paul Newmans of the world are disappearing.

But have faith, at least we can look to the Ben Afflecks and Zak Ephrons of the world.


291. Cobalt 1365 - January 15, 2009

Godspeed Ricardo Montalban, you will be missed

292. Wes - January 15, 2009

I am utterly shocked. All I can say is: “Rest in Peace Ricardo.” “Khan will never go away.”

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294. Christine - January 15, 2009

Awww, I saw this on the news last night. o^o Goodbye, Khan and host of Fantasy Island!!

He lived long, and he prospered, and played the all-time most INGENIOUS villian ever to be on Star Trek… the original series, at least.

We’ll miss you, Ricardo!


295. Brett Campbell - January 15, 2009

290 – Nice punch line in a very sad thread.

Thanks for a little levity amidst the sorrow.

Senor Montalban: Thank you for great memories of your performances as Khan and as Armando — for us “lousy (in)human bastards!” (Ref.: “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes”). I hope you and Roddy McDowall are kickin’ it up up there!

296. Buzz Cagney - January 15, 2009

Some days life just sucks. Today is one of those days.
RIP Ricardo.

297. SciFiMetalGirl - January 15, 2009

Extremely saddened by this news… I am so glad that I was able to see him at a convention not that long ago. A truly remarkable man, a kind gentleman, and a true legend.

298. The A-Man - January 16, 2009

RIP Ricardo. Best Trek Villain ever.

299. Trekmonk1971 - January 16, 2009

a real Superman!Rest in peace Mr Montalban.You deserved an Oscar for Star Trek 2.Our Sincerest Wishes to your family

300. Nick Cook - January 16, 2009

Very, very sad to hear. He was a truly talented man. Rest in peace.

301. JL - January 16, 2009

I promised I would not post here again until closer to the release of the film, but I have to say it.








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303. Dom - January 16, 2009

My word! So many deaths recently. Ricardo Montalban, Majel Barrett, Patrick McGoohan . . .

So sad. My thoughts are with their families. rest in peace.

304. Lt. Bailey - January 16, 2009

On one of my many trips to the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas, I was fortunate to be able to buy both of his 8″ action figures that were created for the 25th anniversary of TWOK. One version he is Ceti-Alpha V Khan and the other is the deluxe two-pack from Space Seed with Cpt Kirk in formal dress uniform. A sad but true fact is now dealers out there will boost the price of these collectables after his death.

305. CanuckLou - January 16, 2009

A heckuva actor and a classy guy.

Condolences to his family and friends.

306. braxus - January 16, 2009

A Fine actor all the way. Yes he was a class act. He will be missed. I pray he is in Gods hands now.

307. BND - January 16, 2009

Thanks for all the roles… all the times… all the enjoyment and giddiness at seeing you on tv and in the movies.



308. 16309A - January 17, 2009

Thank you Mr. Montalban for all those Saturday nights at my grandparents apartment eating Tombstone pizza and watching Fantasy Island and for your role in one of my favorite Star Trek episodes and my favorite movie of all time. I will miss you.

Condolences to his family.

309. marco - January 17, 2009

Khan R.I.P

310. Vanja i Anton - January 17, 2009

Rest in peace.

311. Sci-Fi Bri - January 17, 2009


Great Sci-Fi villain, or the greatest Sci-Fi villain?

312. Gilberto - January 18, 2009

This guy did a LOT of charitable work and nobody talks about it. Here in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he donated money to a public hospital back in the 60´s and they named a wing after him, the Ricardo Montalbán Wing, and hundreds of lives of children were saved since then. A great man indeed… Rest in Peace, sweet man… By the way, NOBODY spelled his name right. It´s written the way I wrote it (MONTALBÁN). Thanks.

313. Kareem Owete - January 19, 2009

The Grim Reaper always harvests in threes.

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315. Jan the critic - January 26, 2009

And also for the Grandfather in Spy Kids. His roll there was from a wheelchair, and he was so comassionate! And passionate.
Let him be remembered for more than Kahn and Star Trek, and all-around good guy!

316. coffee - February 11, 2009

Montalban epitomized the suave host image; and he did a great job in the Wrath of Kahn too! he will be missed.

317. mosh - August 22, 2009


You shouldnt dout abaut this. RICARDO actually had the best ( hottest) chest ever seen on screen.
Have a look on his shirtless pics taken in the 40th or 50th ! He had amazing muscled paX.
Ricardo’s best shirtless performance was in “QUEEN of Babylon,the” ( co-star Rhonda Fleming).RICARDO is just GREAT showingoff his huge hairy muscled chest.the BEST EVER

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