It was reported earlier today that actor Ricardo Montalban has passed away at age 88. A veteran of both film and television, Montalban brought us literally hundreds of memorable characters throughout his vast career. Some of my favorites range from the passionate Khan Noonien Singh on both the original STAR TREK series episode, as well as the later film THE WRATH OF KHAN which, in my opinion, is still the best feature in the series.
Then there was his turn as the caring Armando in CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the only truly great sequel in that run. As for TV, in addition to ‘TREK, Montalban appeared in just about every TV show you can name going back to the dawn of television itself. Mr. Montalban has left us with many memories, many roles, and many hours of endless entertainment.
Go HERE to see Ricardo Montalban’s Easter Seals’ Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech.
We have also lost Mr. Patrick McGoohan, best known for his role as Number Six on THE PRISONER. McGoohan died yesterday at the age of 80. He was also the star of The Wonderful World Of Disney’s very cool 3-part THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH, which was recently released to DVD after a very long wait. Younger audiences may also remember him as Dr. Paul Ruth in David Cronenberg’s SCANNERS and as King Edward I in BRAVEHEART. And like Mr. Montalban, Mr. McGoohan’s list of TV appearance reads like a who’s who of great shows.
Here’s the intro to McGoohan’s THE PRISONER: