Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, Hollywood Star

One of Hollywood’s leading men of the 20th century, Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, was born on November 25, 1920, in Mexico City, Mexico. Montalbán entertained audiences across the Americas.  In the US, his most famous appearances were as Mr. Roarke in the TV series “Fantasy Island” and as a truly evil illegal alien in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”. For decades, Montalbán was the Go-To Guy for ethnic roles in Hollywood, and he was cast as an American Indian, Babylonian, Brazilian, Cuban, and occasionally, even as a Mexican. Montalbán was deeply committed to improving the image of Latinos in the media, and he supported the activist organization, Nosotros.

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