Ricardo Montalban

Mostly Credited As: Ricardo Montalban
Sometimes Credited As: Ricardo Montalbán

Birth Name: Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino
Date Of Birth: November 25, 1920 (Age 88)
Country Of Birth: Mexico
Birth Place: Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Date Of Death: January 14, 2009
Cause Of Death: Congestive heart failure in Los Angeles, CA
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Ricardo Montalban

Ricardo Montalban, born Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino, was born November 25, 1920 in Mexico City. Montalban landed his first starring role in the 1949 film, Border Incident. After his career break, Montalban was cast in several more roles, typically as a leading Latin Lover, including starring roles in Sayonara and Mystery Street. During the late 1950s, Montalban starred on Broadway as Koli in the musical Jamaica, a role in which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

In 1975, Montalban became the spokesman for the Chrysler Cordoba. His praising of the car's "soft Corinthian leather" upholstery led to the Cordoba being a successful model for Chrysler.

1978 brought Montalban the role he is most known for -- Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island, a role he played from 1978 to 1984. Following Fantasy Island, Montalban starred as Khan Noonien Singh in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, a film based on his guest star role in the Star Trek episode "Space Seed".

Following an on-set accident during the 1951 film Across the Wide Missouri, Montalban has been confined to a wheelchair since 1993. However, Montalban continues to appear in films, television series, and has done voice work for commercials and animated films.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Heaven Help Us (1994)As: Mr. Shepherd
The Colbys (1985)As: Zach Powers
Fantasy Island (1977) (1978)As: Mr. Roarke
The Chevy Show (1958) (1958)As: Karl Steiner
Arthur Murray Party (1950)As: Himself (1957 - 1960)
Episode Cast Credits 

Family Guy (1999) 
  Lottery Fever 10x01: (Sep/25/2011) As Khan (Footage from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”), [Uncredited]
  McStroke 06x08: (Jan/13/2008) Voiced  The Cow 

American Dad! (2005) 
  Moon Over Isla Island 05x02: (Oct/04/2009) Voiced  General Pequeno 

Kim Possible (2002) 
  The Cupid Effect 04x04: (Feb/10/2007) Voiced  Señor Senior, Sr. 
  The Big Job 04x02: (Feb/10/2007) Voiced  Señor Senior, Sr. 
  Two to Tutor 02x03: (Aug/01/2003) Voiced  Señor Senior, Sr. 
  Animal Attraction 01x18: (Jan/10/2003) Voiced  Señor Senior, Sr. 

Dora the Explorer (2000) 
  The Missing Piece 02x03: (Mar/18/2002) As El Encantador 

Titans (2000) 
  Someone Wicked This Way Comes 01x13: (Apr/04/2001) As Mr. Sanchez 

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000) 
  Lone Wolf 01x40: (Nov/15/2000) Voiced  Vartkes 

The Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998) 
  Getting to Know You 01x06: (May/18/1998) As Manuel Kaire 

Chicago Hope (1994) 
  Colonel of Truth 03x23: (Apr/28/1997) As Martin Nieves 

Freakazoid! (1995) 
  Hero Boy 02x05: (Nov/09/1996) Voiced  Armando Guitierrez 
  Deadpan/The Wrath of Guitierrez 01x13: (Feb/17/1996) Voiced  Armando Guitierrez 
  The Chip (Act IV)/Freakazoid is History 01x07: (Nov/11/1995) Voiced  Armando Guitierrez 
  The Chip (Acts I - III) 01x06: (Nov/04/1995) Voiced  Armando Guitierrez 

The Golden Palace (1992) 
  Senor Stinky Learns Absolutely Nothing About Life 01x16: (Feb/05/1993) As Lawernce Genry 

Dream On (1990) 
  The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (2) 02x02: (Jul/07/1991) As Alejandro Goldman 
  The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (1) 02x01: (Jul/07/1991) As Alejandro Goldman 

Only Fools and Horses (1981) 
  The Sky's the Limit 07x01: (Dec/30/1990) As Pub customer, [Uncredited]

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  Murder in F Sharp 07x10: (Dec/16/1990) As Vaaclav Maryska 

B.L. Stryker (1989) 
  High Rise 02x05: (Mar/10/1990) As Victor Costanza 

Dynasty (US) (1981) 
  The Choice (a.k.a. The Vendetta) 06x31: (May/21/1986) As Zach Powers 
  Souvenirs 06x18: (Feb/05/1986) As Zach Powers 

B.J. and the Bear (1979) 
  Fly a Wild Horse 02x11: (Dec/08/1979) As Six Killer 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 30th Annual Emmy Awards 30x01: (Sep/17/1978) As Winner: Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series (for 'How the West Was Won': episode 'Part II') 

How the West Was Won (1978) 
  Season 1, Episode 7 01x07: (Apr/09/1978) As Satangkai 
  Season 1, Episode 6 01x06: (Mar/26/1978) As Satangkai 
  Season 1, Episode 5 01x05: (Mar/19/1978) As Satangkai 
  Season 1, Episode 4 01x04: (Mar/12/1978) As Satangkai 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  Hard Rock Brown 04x17: (Feb/15/1977) As Major Sergio Flores 

Executive Suite (1976) 
  "Re: Aftermath of a Tragedy" 01x18: (Feb/11/1977) As David Valerio 
  "Re: Passionate Journey" 01x17: (Feb/04/1977) As David Valerio 
  "Re: The Rules of Seduction" 01x16: (Jan/28/1977) As David Valerio 
  "Re: The Woman Inside" 01x15: (Jan/21/1977) As David Valerio 

Columbo (1971) 
  A Matter of Honor 05x04: (Feb/01/1976) As Luis Montoya 

Switch (1975) 
  Kiss of Death 01x10: (Nov/25/1975) As Jean Paul Jacquard 

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971) 
  Show 63 04x20: (Feb/13/1974) As Himself 

Griff (1973) 
  Countdown to Terror 01x07: (Nov/17/1973) As guest star 

Here's Lucy (1968) 
  Lucy and Her Prince Charming 05x12: (Nov/27/1972) As Prince Phillip Gregory Hennepin 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  Death Wish on Tantalus Mountain 05x02: (Sep/19/1972) As Alex Pareno 
  Samurai 01x06: (Oct/17/1968) As Tokura/S. Yamashito 

O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) 
  Operation: Lady Luck 01x15: (Jan/14/1972) As Rick Morris 

Nichols (1971) 
  The Siege 01x02: (Sep/23/1971) As guest star 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #87 04x21: (Feb/08/1971) As Himself 
  Episode #78 04x12: (Nov/30/1970) As Himself 

The Virginian (1962) 
  Last of the Comancheros 09x12: (Dec/09/1970) As Sosentes 
  The Wind of Outrage 07x05: (Oct/16/1968) As Louis Boissevain 
  The Big Deal 01x04: (Oct/10/1962) As Enrique Cuellar 

Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) 
  The Labyrinth 02x07: (Nov/10/1970) As guest star 

The Carol Burnett Show (1967) (1967) 
  with Ricardo Montlban, Cass Elliott 04x08: (Nov/02/1970) As Himself 

Bracken's World (1969) 
  Hey Gringo, Hey Poncho 02x07: (Oct/30/1970) As Carlos Serrano 
  The Sweet Smell of Failure 01x07: (Oct/31/1969) As Carl Duran 

Dan August (1970) 
  The Murder of a Small Town 01x02: (Sep/30/1970) As Manuel Acaba 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Chato 16x01: (Sep/14/1970) As Chato, [Special Guest Stars]

The Name of the Game (1968) 
  Echo of a Nightmare 02x23: (Mar/20/1970) As Martinez 
  A Wrath of Angels 01x23: (Feb/28/1969) As Father Bernard Torres 

The High Chaparral (1967) 
  Our Lady of Guadalupe 02x13: (Dec/20/1968) As Father Sanchez 
  Tiger by the Tail 01x24: (Feb/25/1968) As El Tigre 

It Takes a Thief (1968) (1968) 
  The Galloping Skin Game 02x10: (Dec/03/1968) As Nick Grobbo 
  The Thingamabob Heist 02x04: (Oct/15/1968) As Nick Grobbo 

The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show (1968) 
  Glen Campbell / Kate Smith / Ricardo Montalban 01x06: (Oct/20/1968) As Himself 

Ironside (1967) 
  The Sacrifice 02x03: (Oct/03/1968) As Sgt. Al Cervantes 

The Felony Squad (1966) 
  A Fashion for Dying 03x01: (Sep/16/1968) As T.J. Gaynor 
  A Blueprint for Dying 01x27: (Mar/20/1967) As Martin Lynch 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Lena Horne / Andrews Sisters / Don Rickles 03x12: (Nov/30/1967) As Himself 

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) (1967) 
  Show #29 02x09: (Nov/05/1967) As Himself 

I Spy (US) (1965) 
  Magic Mirror 02x25: (Mar/15/1967) As General Vera 

Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) 
  Snowball in Hell 01x21: (Feb/18/1967) As Gerard Sefra 

Star Trek (1966) 
  Space Seed 01x22: (Feb/16/1967) As Khan 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Code Name: Heraclitus (2) 04x16: (Jan/25/1967) As Janacek 
  Code Name: Heraclitus (1) 04x15: (Jan/18/1967) As Janacek 

Combat! (1962) 
  Gadjo 05x17: (Jan/17/1967) As Barbu, [Special Guest Stars]

The Wild Wild West (1965) 
  The Night of the Lord of Limbo 02x15: (Dec/30/1966) As Col. Noel Bartley Vautrain 

Daniel Boone (1964) (1964) 
  The Symbol 03x15: (Dec/29/1966) As Count Alfonso de Borba, [Special Guest Stars]

The Long Hot Summer (1965) 
  Man with Two Faces 01x26: (Apr/13/1966) As Brice Ferguson 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  The King of Diamonds Affair 02x25: (Mar/11/1966) As Rafael Delgado 
  The Dove Affair 01x12: (Dec/15/1964) As Satine 

Dr. Kildare (1961) 
  No Other Road (4) 05x45: (Feb/15/1966) As Damon West 
  I Can Hear the Ice Melting (3) 05x44: (Feb/14/1966) As Damon West 
  Some Tales for Halloween (2) 05x43: (Feb/08/1966) As Damon West 
  Few Hearts, Few Flowers (1) 05x42: (Feb/07/1966) As Damon West 

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Who Killed Cop Robin? 02x26: (Mar/24/1965) As Armand Dubovier 
  Who Killed the Richest Man in the World? 02x09: (Nov/11/1964) As Nicholas Amenor 

The Rogues (1964) 
  Hugger-Mugger by the Sea 01x14: (Dec/20/1964) As Marius Konik 

The Defenders (1961) (1961) 
  Whitewash 04x11: (Dec/10/1964) As 'Spanish John' Espejo 

Slattery's People (1964) 
  Question: What Became of the White Tortilla? 01x06: (Oct/26/1964) As Rodriguez 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  The Fantasticks 14x01: (Oct/18/1964) As El Gallo 

The Great Adventure (1963) 
  The Pirate and the Patriot 01x26: (May/01/1964) As Jean Lafitte 
  The Massacre at Wounded Knee 01x03: (Oct/11/1963) As Philip Crow 
  The Death of Sitting Bull 01x02: (Oct/04/1963) As Philip Crow 

The Lieutenant (1963) 
  Tour of Duty 01x23: (Mar/07/1964) As Pfc. John Reading 

The Greatest Show on Earth (1963) 
  The Hanging Man 01x10: (Nov/19/1963) As Gus Trikonis 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast 03x10: (Nov/13/1963) As Henry Davis 

The Dick Powell Show (1961) 
  Epilogue 02x27: (Apr/02/1963) As Stephen Baird 

Alcoa Premiere (1961) 
  The Glass Palace 02x16: (Jan/17/1963) As Vince Gallard 

The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962) 
  War Song 01x08: (Oct/30/1962) As Navarro 

Cain's Hundred (1961) 
  A Creature Lurks in Ambush 01x27: (Apr/17/1962) As Vincent Pavanne 

Checkmate (1960) 
  Hot Wind in a Cold Town 01x34: (Jun/10/1961) As Joe Martinez 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  Stranglehold 02x27: (May/04/1961) As Frank Mercouris, [Special Guest Stars]

The Loretta Young Show (1953) 
  The Man Who Couldn't Smile 08x25: (Apr/09/1961) As Father Garcia 
  No Margin for Error 08x09: (Nov/13/1960) As Tony Santos 
  At the Edge of the Desert 08x02: (Sep/25/1960) As Frank Montclair 
  The Hired Hand 07x18: (Feb/07/1960) As Frank 

Disneyland (1954) 
  Zorro: Auld Acquaintance 07x21: (Apr/02/1961) As Ramon Castillo 

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956) 
  Autumn Crocus 05x20: (Feb/12/1961) As Karl Steiner 
  Mexican Fiesta 04x26: (Mar/27/1960) As Himself 

The Play of the Week (1959) 
  Rashoman 02x12: (Dec/12/1960) As Bandit 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  Outlaw in Town 06x07: (Nov/15/1960) As Pepe Lorca 

Bonanza (1959) 
  Day of Reckoning 02x07: (Oct/22/1960) As Matsou 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  Eagle in the Rocks 08x33: (May/10/1960) As Joaquin Murietta 

Star Time (1950) 
  Jeff McCleod, the Last Reb 01x22: (Mar/01/1960) As Turk 

Adventures in Paradise (1959) 
  The Derelict 01x05: (Nov/09/1959) As Henri Privaux 

Riverboat (1959) 
  A Night at Trapper's Landing 01x09: (Nov/08/1959) As Lieutenant Andre Bastiste Devereaux 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  Target for Three 04x01: (Oct/01/1959) As Vincente 
  Child of Trouble 01x31: (May/02/1957) As Teddy Green 

The Dick Clark Show (1958) 
  Dale Hawkins / Lou Monte / Robert and Johnny / The Monotones / The Four Preps 01x09: (Apr/12/1958) As Himself 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Jean LeBec Story 01x02: (Sep/25/1957) As Jean LeBec, [Special Guest Stars]

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Storm Over Rapallo 06x37: (Jun/14/1957) As guest star 

The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955) 
  Operation Cicero 02x07: (Dec/26/1956) As Cicero/Diego 
  Broken Arrow 01x15: (May/02/1956) As Cochise 

Climax! (1954) 
  Island in the City 03x05: (Oct/04/1956) As Joe Bermudes 
  The Mojave Kid 01x13: (Jan/27/1955) As Pete McLean 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  Esteban's Legacy 04x15: (Jan/08/1956) As Esteban Espinosa 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Ricardo Montalban; Julius LaRosa; Gloria DeHaven; Carol Haney 08x39: (Jun/05/1955) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Episode Crew

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
Midnight Waltz/Let Them Eat Cake 06x13 Feb/12/1983 As: Director
The Beautiful Skeptic/The Lost Platoon 06x06 Nov/27/1982 As: Director
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He has been confined to a wheelchair since 1993.

He has been married to Georgiana Young since October 26, 1944. They have four children.

His sister-in-law was the late Loretta Young.

He is a devout Catholic.

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