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  • Lifelong Mexican citizen was a founder and board member for Nosotros, an advocacy group started in 1970 to improve the image of Latinos in the entertainment industry.
  • His frequent appearances as a guest on The Loretta Young Show were a family affair--he was married to the star's youngest sister.
  • Suffered a back injury during a fall from a horse while filming the western Across the Wide Missouri (1951) with Clark Gable, which caused a limp he disguised in future roles.
  • His villainous titular character in the feature film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan debuted in a 1967 episode of the sci-fi series.
  • In a 1975 TV commercial, became a memorable spokesman for the Chrysler Cordoba and spawned a catchphrase of sorts when he touted the "soft Corinthian leather" of the car's interior.
  • Autobiography, Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds, was published in 1980.
  • A devout Catholic, became a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in 1998, by order of Pope John Paul II.
  • Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez idolized him and created the role of a grandfather for him in the cast of Spy Kids 2 (2002) and Spy Kids 3-D (2003).


  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series: Winner
  • 1958, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1993, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner


  • Laura Montalban — Daughter
  • Carlos Montalban — Brother
  • Mark Montalban — Son
  • Georgiana Young — Wife (deceased)
  • Anita Smith — Daughter
  • Victor Montalban — Son


  • Birth Name: Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino
  • Birth Place: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Died: January 14, 2009
  • Profession: Actor

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