58 Facts About Ricardo Montalban


Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalban y Merino, KSG was a Mexican film and television actor.

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Ricardo Montalban portrayed Armando in the Planet of the Apes film series from the early 1970s, starring in both Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

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Ricardo Montalban played Mr Roarke on the television series Fantasy Island.

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Ricardo Montalban won an Emmy Award for his role in the miniseries How the West Was Won, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993.

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Ricardo Montalban was professionally active into his 80s, providing voices for animated films and commercials and appearing as Grandfather Valentin in the Spy Kids franchise.

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Ricardo Montalban was born on November 25,1920, in Mexico City, and grew up in Torreon, the son of Spanish immigrants Ricarda Merino Jimenez and Genaro Balbino Ricardo Montalban Busano, a store manager, who raised him as a Catholic.

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Ricardo Montalban was born with an arteriovenous malformation in his spine.

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Ricardo Montalban had a sister, Carmen, and two brothers, Pedro and Carlos.

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In 1941, Ricardo Montalban appeared in three-minute musicals produced for the Soundies film jukeboxes.

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Ricardo Montalban appeared in many of the New York–produced Soundies as an extra or as a member of a singing chorus, although he had the lead role in He's a Latin from Staten Island, in which he played the title role of a guitar-strumming gigolo, accompanied by an offscreen vocal by Gus Van.

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Later in 1941, Ricardo Montalban returned to Mexico after learning that his mother was dying.

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Ricardo Montalban had an uncredited appearance in a version of The Three Musketeers starring Cantinflas.

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Ricardo Montalban can be glimpsed in El verdugo de Sevilla, The Saint That Forged a Country starring Ramon Navarro, and La razon de la culpa.

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Ricardo Montalban became a star in Mexico in Santa, which was directed by a Hollywood expat, Norman Foster.

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Ricardo Montalban followed it with a support role in Cinco fueron escogidos.

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Ricardo Montalban had the star role in Cadetes de la naval, Nosotros, and The Hour of Truth, the latter a bullfighting drama directed by Foster.

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Ricardo Montalban was in The House of the Fox, Pepita Jimenez, and Fantasia ranchera.

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Ricardo Montalban had a dance number in the Frank Sinatra musical The Kissing Bandit, then did a third film with Williams, Neptune's Daughter, in which they dueted on "Baby It's Cold Outside".

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Ricardo Montalban's first leading role was in the film noir Border Incident with actor George Murphy, directed by Anthony Mann.

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Ricardo Montalban was the first Hispanic actor to appear on the front cover of Life magazine on November 21,1949.

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Ricardo Montalban was one of several soldiers in the William Wellman war film Battleground, a huge success at the box office.

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Ricardo Montalban was given another star role in Mystery Street, playing a detective in a film noir directed by John Sturges.

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Ricardo Montalban and Jane Powell made the musical Two Weeks with Love, which was a minor hit.

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Ricardo Montalban was one of several names in Sombrero, shot in Mexico.

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Ricardo Montalban did a swashbuckler for Sam Katzman, The Saracen Blade, then returned to Mexico to star in Untouched.

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Ricardo Montalban travelled to Italy to make The Queen of Babylon with Rhonda Fleming, then returned to Mexico to make the US-financed A Life in the Balance with Anne Bancroft.

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Ricardo Montalban bought a story for himself, Green Shadows, but it appears to have not been made.

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Ricardo Montalban returned to Italy for Desert Warrior, then had his first role in an "A" Hollywood film for a number of years in Sayonara, in which he played a Japanese dancer.

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From 1957 to 1959, Ricardo Montalban starred in the Broadway musical Jamaica, singing several light-hearted calypso numbers opposite Lena Horne, which ran for 555 performances.

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Ricardo Montalban continued to guest-star on shows such as Colgate Theatre and Playhouse 90.

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Ricardo Montalban could be seen in Let No Man Write My Epitaph ; the TV remake of Rashomon directed by Sidney Lumet; Rage of the Buccaneers, an Italian swashbuckler in which Ricardo Montalban had a lead role alongside Vincent Price; Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man ; The Reluctant Saint with Maximillian Schell; and Love is a Ball with Glenn Ford, playing a French duke.

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Ricardo Montalban had supporting roles in The Money Trap with Ford, directed by Burt Kennedy, Madame X with Turner for producer Ross Hunter, and The Singing Nun with Debbie Reynolds at MGM.

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Ricardo Montalban guest-starred on "Space Seed", an episode of Star Trek.

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Ricardo Montalban starred in radio, such as on the internationally syndicated program Lobo del Mar, in which he was cast as the captain of a vessel that became part of some adventure at each port it visited.

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Ricardo Montalban guest-starred in The Felony Squad, Ironside, It Takes a Thief, and The High Chaparral.

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Ricardo Montalban did the TV movies The Pigeon, The Desperate Mission, and Black Water Gold, and had a supporting role in the big screen film version of Sweet Charity.

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Ricardo Montalban did the TV movies The Aquarians, The Face of Fear, and Fireball Forward and the features The Devil's Backbone, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and The Train Robbers.

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Ricardo Montalban continued to guest-star on shows like O'Hara, US Treasury; Here's Lucy; and Griff.

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In 1972, Ricardo Montalban co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee with actors Carmen Zapata, Henry Darrow and Edith Diaz.

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Ricardo Montalban did the TV movies Wonder Woman, The Mark of Zorro, McNaughton's Daughter, and guest-starred on Switch and Columbo.

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Ricardo Montalban is in Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, and Joe Panther and had a regular role in a short lived series Executive Suite.

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Ricardo Montalban guest-starred on Police Story and did the TV movies Mission to Glory: A True Story, Captains Courageous, as well as the miniseries How the West Was Won.

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Early rumors suggested Ricardo Montalban wore prosthetic muscles on his chest during filming of Star Trek II to appear more muscular.

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Director Nicholas Meyer replied that even in his sixties Ricardo Montalban, who had a vigorous training regimen, was "one strong cookie", and that his real chest was seen on film.

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Ricardo Montalban agreed to take the role for a significant pay cut, since by his own admission, he relished reprising the role, and his only regret was that he and William Shatner never interacted – the characters never meet face to face, except through video communication – as their scenes were filmed several months apart in order to accommodate Ricardo Montalban's schedule for Fantasy Island.

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When Ricardo Montalban guest-starred in the Family Guy episode "McStroke" as a genetically engineered cow, his character made several references to his role as Khan, and similar references were made in his role as Guitierrez on the animated series Freakazoid.

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Ricardo Montalban had another regular series with Heaven Help Us, but it only lasted 14 episodes.

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In 1997, Ricardo Montalban sued the producers of Fantasy Island claiming he was entitled to five percent of the profits.

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Ricardo Montalban narrated several historical documentaries including the Spanish version of the National Park Service's history of Pecos Pueblo for Pecos National Historical Park.

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Ricardo Montalban had a supporting role in two big hits Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.

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Nosotros Foundation and the Ricardo Montalban Foundation agreed to purchase the Doolittle Theatre in 1999 from UCLA.

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When Ricardo Montalban rolled onto the stage in his wheelchair, he repeated "the five stages of the actor".

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Ricardo Montalban had become famous for using the self-deprecating joke in interviews and in public speeches:.

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Ricardo Montalban married actress and model Georgiana Young was born on Georgiana Paula Belzer and in 1944.

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Ricardo Montalban's death preceded Montalban's by one year and two months.

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Ricardo Montalban was a practicing Catholic, once claiming that his religion was the most important thing in his life.

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Ricardo Montalban was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.

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Ricardo Montalban is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

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