R.I.P. Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino

died today; he was 88. (November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009)

Montalbán had a career spanning decades and multiple notable roles. During the late 1970s, he was the spokesperson in automobile advertisements for the Chrysler Cordoba (in which he famously extols the "Corinthian leather" used for its interior).

From 1977 to 1984 he starred as Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island.
He also played the villainous Khan Noonien Singh in both the 1967 "Space Seed" episode of the first season of the original Star Trek series, and the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
He won an Emmy Award in 1978, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993.
Up until his 80s, he continued to perform, often providing voices for animated films and commercials.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

"Ah, Kirk, my old friend. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us 'revenge is a dish that is best served cold'? It is cold in space." -- Kahn

live long and prosper