Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ricardo Montalban.

Ricardo Montalban's,first leading role was in the film, Border Incident (1949). He was the first Hispanic actor to be on the front cover of Life magazine on November 21, 1949.
Later, many of his early roles were in Westerns where he played Indians or as a "Latin Lover". Next he went on to play a Cape Cod police officer in the film, Mystery Street(1950).

From 1957 to 1959, he starred in the Broadway musical Jamaica, singing several numbers with Lena Horne.

Montalban starred in radio program, "Lobo del Mar" (Seawolf), in which he was cast as the captain. This weekly show aired in many Spanish-speaking countries until the early 1970s. In 1972, Montalban co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee with actors Carmen Zapata, Henry Darrow and Edith Diaz.

Montalban's best-known television role was that of, Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island, which he played from 1978 until 1984. For a while, the series was one of the most popular on television. Another of his well-known roles was that of, Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in which he reprised a role that he had originated in the 1967 episode of Star Trek titled "Space Seed".

Montalban appeared in many films including: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Planet of the Apes and Spy Kids series. He also performed in the musical, The Singing Nun(1966).

During the filming of, Across the Wide Missouri(1951), Montalban was thrown from his horse, knocked unconscious, and trampled by another horse, resulting in a painful back injury that never healed.

Ricardo Montalban, is one of my favorite actors/dancers.
My favorite Ricardo Montalban movies are:
1947 Fiesta
1948 On an Island with You 
1949 Neptune's Daughter
1953 Latin Lovers 
1962 Ernest Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man
1964 Cheyenne Autumn
1972 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
1973 The Train Robbers
1974 The Mark of Zorro
Please click on Ricardo Montalban's name located in the tag line at the bottom of the article to read movie reviews with videos..
I posted the first of five videos of a wonderful Ricardo Montalban, interview.


  1. Enjoyed the interview and found his take on his own career very informative. Up until watching this interview a few years ago I had only really seen impersonal studio press releases and the like, about Montalban - stuff used to promote his movies or TV show roles.

    Nice summary, Dawn.

  2. Java Bean Rush, I really did not know too much about Ricardo Montalban, until I became hooked on, classic musicals. What a wonderful dancer he was. One of my favorites.