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Star Trek movie star Ricardo Montalban dead at 88
- — 16 January, 2009 07:09
Ricardo Montalban, the actor who showed range playing the villainous Khan character in "Star Trek," as well as the suave host of the "Fantasy Island" TV series, has died at the age of 88 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was said to be complications from old age, according to a UPI report.
Montalban first took on the role of Khan Noonien Singh in the original "Star Trek" TV series in 1967 and reprised the role in the 1982 movie "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Khan is described at Startrek.com as "one of history's most notorious dictators."
Montalban showed a much softer side as Mr. Roarke in the 1970s and 1980s TV series "Fantasy Island" and in memorable Chrysler Cordoba commercials in which he praised the "soft Corinthian leather" upholstery of the car.
The actor's resume also included roles in movies as diverse as "Planet of the Apes," "Spy Kids" and the "Naked Gun" series. He also performed in Broadway musicals.