Ricardo Montalban dies at 88

January 15th, 2009 - 11:10 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Ricardo MontalbanRicardo Montalban died on January 14,2009, aged 88.

The Mexican-born actor, Ricardo Montalban, who is best remembered for his roles as Mr. Roarke in Fantasy Island and as the malevolent Khan in Star Trek (and, to a younger generation, as the grandfather in Spy Kids, and, to teevee fans, as the hawker of the fine Corinthian leather of the Cordoba)

Though the actor was introduced the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” but have never received a credit for.

It is known that the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV’s “Fantasy Island,” died Wednesday morning at his home, a city councilman said. The death news was announced at a city council meeting by president Eric Garcetti, who represents the district where the actor lived but the cause of death is not stated.

In 1944, Montalban married Georgiana Young, actress and model and younger sister of actress Loretta Young. Both Roman Catholics, they remained one of Hollywood’s most devoted couples. She died in 2007. They had four children: Laura, Mark, Anita and Victor.

Montalban suffered a spinal injury in a horse fall while making a 1951 Clark Gable Western, “Across the Wide Missouri,” and thereafter walked with a limp he managed to mask during his performances.

In 1993, Montalban lost the feeling in his leg, and exhaustive tests showed that he had suffered a small hemorrhage in his neck, similar to the injury decades earlier. He underwent 9 1/2 hours of spinal surgery at UCLA Medical Center.

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