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Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino
Mexico City, Mexico
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Ricardo Montalban Fast Facts:
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.
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
Spy Kids 3-D
Ricardo Montalban Relationships:
Carlos Montalban - Brother
Anita Smith - Daughter
Victor Montalban - Son
Georgiana Young - Wife (deceased)
Laura Montalban - Daughter
Mark Montalban - Son
Ricardo Montalban Awards:
1958 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Nominee
1978 Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series - Winner
1993 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award - Winner
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