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.
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UPDATE: Montalban remembered on NBC news