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Rip: Ricardo Montalban

15 January 2009 7:03 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

For over sixty years, Ricardo Montalban charmed audiences -- he was the man who granted wishes on Fantasy Island; he fooled the Captain of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (look above); and in recent years, he even grandfathered some sassy Spy Kids and gained new virtual legs. And now, I'm sad to write that The Hollywood Reporter posts that Montalban has passed away at the age of 88. According to the report, he died in his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and the news was released at a meeting of the city council.

Montalban's career began in 1942 with the WWII drama Five Were Chosen. In the coming decades, his roles morphed from Latin lovers, to a slew of ethnic characters, and finally, in 1967, the role of Khan in an episode of Star Trek. After time in space, Montalban moved on to Planet of the Apes, and »

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