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RiP Uncle Ricardo - CinemaDave

Jan. 14th, 2009 08:19 pm RiP Uncle Ricardo

Due to the almost similar spellings our our last names, it has always been a family joke that Ricardo Montalban was a distinct relative. There is a family resemblance especially between Uncle Ricardo and Uncle Paul.

Without "Star Trek" and "Fantasy Island," Richardo Montalban would have had an impressive resume.
From what I have read and heard, everybody seemed to have liked Ricardo Montalban. Even though Montalban's Kahn Noonian Sighn was Captain Kirk's best rival in "Star Trek," in real life, the cast and crew seemed to have preferred working with Montalbano over William Shatner.

In 1998, Pope John Paul II made him a Knight Commander of St. Gregory, the highest honor bestowed upon non-clergy in the Roman Catholic Church. He married Loretta Young's sister and was happily married for 63 years until her death last year.

Despite the fact that he never obtained citizenship, Ricardo Montalbano is an American icon.

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Date:January 22nd, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
A favorite Star Trek villain, and a classy gentleman in real life. Sorry to learn he has passed on.
Date:January 22nd, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)

Interest in Ricardo

Ricardo had something enduring about him.
Even if people did not know him from "Star Trek" or "Fantasy Island," people still knew this classy and elegant man. Everyone at work wanted to talk about Ricardo Montalban and many did not know that he was paralyzed for the last 15 years of his life.