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Ricardo Montalbán is a Actor Mexicain born on 25 november 1920 at Torreón

Ricardo Montalbán

Ricardo Montalbán
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Birth name Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino
Nationality Mexique
Birth 25 november 1920 at Torreón
Death 14 january 2009 (at 88 years) at Los Angeles (USA)
Awards Emmy Award, Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, (/ˌmɒntəlˈbɑːn/; [montalˈβan]; November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009), was a Mexican actor. His career spanned seven decades, during which he became known for many different roles. During the 1970s, he was a spokesman in automobile advertisements for Chrysler, including those in which he extolled the "soft Corinthian leather" used for the Cordoba's interior.

From 1977 to 1984, Montalbán played Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island. He played Khan Noonien Singh in the original Star Trek series and the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He won an Emmy Award in 1978 for his role in the miniseries How the West Was Won, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993. In his 80s, he provided voices for animated films and commercials, and appeared as Grandfather Valentin in the Spy Kids films.

Biography

Montalbán married actress and model Georgiana Young (born Georgiana Paula Belzer; September 10, 1924–November 13, 2007) in 1944. Georgiana was the half-sister of actresses Sally Blane, Polly Ann Young, and Loretta Young. After 63 years of marriage, Young died from undisclosed causes on November 13, 2007. She was 83 years old. Her death preceded Montalbán's by one year and two months. They had four children together: Laura, Mark, Anita, and Victor.

Montalbán was a practicing Roman Catholic, once claiming that his religion was the most important thing in his life.

He was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California. In 1998, Pope John Paul II made him a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (KSG), the highest honor a Roman Catholic lay person can receive from the Church. He recorded a Public Service Announcement, celebrating America's generosity and hospitality to him as a foreign-born actor, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986.

Although Montalbán spent most of his life in the United States, he remained a citizen of Mexico and never applied for American citizenship. However, in a 2002 interview, he stated that he was "honored to be an American". His autobiography, Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds, was published in January 1980 by Doubleday.

The way he was asked to portray Mexicans disturbed him, so Montalbán, along with Richard Hernandez, Val de Vargas, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Carlos Rivas, Tony de Marco and Henry Darrow established the Nosotros ("We") Foundation in 1970 to advocate for Latinos in the movie and television industry. He served as its first president and was quoted as saying: "I received tremendous support, but there also were some negative repercussions. I was accused of being a militant, and as a result I lost jobs."

The foundation created the Golden Eagle Awards, an annual awards show that highlights Latino actors. The awards are presented in conjunction with the Nosotros American Latino Film Festival (NALFF), held at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood.



The Nosotros Foundation and the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation agreed to purchase the Doolittle Theatre in 1999 from UCLA. The theater was owned by Howard Hughes in the early 1930s then later renamed the Huntington Hartford Theater when purchased in 1954 by philanthropist Huntington Hartford, the Doolittle Theater and then the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. The process from agreement to opening took over four years. The facility in Hollywood was officially renamed the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in a May 11, 2004 ceremony. The event was attended by numerous celebrities, including Ed Begley Jr., representing the Screen Actors Guild (SAG); Valerie Harper, Loni Anderson, Hector Elizondo and Robert Goulet.

When Montalbán rolled onto the stage in his wheelchair, he repeated "the five stages of the actor" (originally coined by Jack Elam) that he famously stated in several interviews and public speeches:


Who is Ricardo Montalbán?
Get me Ricardo Montalbán.
Get me a Ricardo Montalbán type.
Get me a young Ricardo Montalbán.
Who is Ricardo Montalbán?
He then jokingly added two more stages:


"Wait a minute—isn't that What's-his-name?", referring to his role in the Spy Kids movies
"Who the hell is that?", believing that to be the reaction of people seeing his name on the theater marquee. Contrary to his assertions, a young generation is somewhat familiar with him through his voice as Señor Senior, Sr., in five Kim Possible television episodes from 2002–2007 and as the grandfather in the movies Spy Kids 2 and Spy Kids 3.
Montalbán spoke about the goal of the Nosotros organization:Mexico is my mother; the United States the best friend I will ever have. And so I dream of the day when my mother will say, 'Ricardo, you have chosen a wonderful friend.' And the day when the friend will say, 'Ricardo, you have a sensational mother.' That is why it is very important to bring us together. Brothers and sisters, love thy neighbor as thyself. And this theatre, I think, can be a little grain of sand towards that end. Here we have opened the doors not only for the opportunity of young talent to develop—writers, directors, actors—but also in coming together as a group in this society in which we live. Let's open a hand of friendship and love and brotherhood. That is my dream. I'll never see it complete while I'm still alive, but I think this is the beginning, and that is what makes me so happy to see this come to fruition.

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Filmography of Ricardo Montalbán (59 films)

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Battle of the Sexes, 2h1
Directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Historical
Themes Feminist films, Politique, Films about sexuality, Sports films, Political films, LGBT-related film, Tennis films
Actors Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue
Roles lui-même
Rating67% 3.3521753.3521753.3521753.3521753.352175
En 1973, la joueuse Billie Jean King, âgée de 29 ans, est classée numéro 1 mondiale. Refusant de recevoir à peine 10 % de la prime versée aux joueurs masculins, alors que les finales féminines attirent autant de public que les finales masculines, elle décide, avec l'aide de Gladys Heldman et de quelques joueuses, de créer la Women's Tennis Association. Les joueuses sont alors exclues de la Fédération de tennis des États-Unis par Jack Kramer.
The Ant Bully, 1h28
Directed by John A. Davis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about insects
Actors Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, Zach Tyler Eisen, Regina King
Roles Head of Council (voice)
Rating57% 2.898292.898292.898292.898292.89829
Set in suburban Las Vegas, Nevada, 10-year-old Lucas Nickle (Zach Tyler Eisen) is being tormented by a bully and his gang. In turn, he attacks an anthill with a squirt gun which terrifies the ants. One ant, an eccentric wizard named Zoc (Nicolas Cage), tries to fight back but is overwhelmed by Lucas. His girlfriend, a nurse ant named Hova (Julia Roberts), attempts to communicate with Lucas, but is saved by Zoc. The leaders of the colony decide to use a potion created by Zoc, to shrink Lucas down to ant size to punish him, for aiding destruction on their hill.
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, 1h24
Directed by Robert Rodríguez
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Films about computing, Jeu, Films about video games, Children's films
Actors Danny Trejo, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Pena, Daryl Sabara, Ricardo Montalbán
Roles Grandfather
Rating42% 2.10752.10752.10752.10752.1075
Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), after stopping Donnagon from activating the EMP device, has retired from the OSS, no longer wanting to work. He now lives a quiet life and works as a private detective, although his salary is very little. One day, he is contacted by President Devlin (George Clooney), former head of OSS, who informs him that his sister, Carmen Cortez (Alexa Vega), is missing after a mission gone wrong. Upset about this, Juni returns to the OSS to learn more about his sister.
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, 1h40
Directed by Robert Rodríguez
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Films about families, Seafaring films, Transport films, Children's films
Actors Antonio Banderas, Emily Osment, Carla Gugino, Alexa Pena, Daryl Sabara, Mike Judge
Roles Grandfather
Rating51% 2.5538652.5538652.5538652.5538652.553865
The OSS now has a full child spy section, of which 13-year-old Carmen Cortez (Alexa Vega) and 10-year-old Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) have become agents. They face particularly difficult competition with Gary and Gerti Giggles (Matt O'Leary and Emily Osment), the children of double-dealing agent Donnagon Giggles (Mike Judge), whom Carmen and Juni helped to rescue in the previous film. It is shown that Carmen defends Gary and has a crush on him.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, 1h25
Directed by David Zucker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalbán, George Kennedy, Nancy Marchand, Justin Timberlake
Roles Vincent Ludwig
Rating75% 3.7968553.7968553.7968553.7968553.796855
In Los Angeles, Officer Nordberg attempts to bust a heroin drug operation at the docks organized by Vincent Ludwig, and is shot by Ludwig's henchmen. After being briefed on the case by his boss, Captain Ed Hocken, Police Squad Lieutenant Frank Drebin visits Nordberg in the hospital. Nordberg provides cryptic clues, including a picture of Ludwig's ship on which the deal had been organized. Frank meets with police scientist Ted Olsen, who has invented a cufflink that shoots a tranquilizer dart. Frank learns through Ted that Nordberg's jacket tested positive for heroin. Police Squad is in charge of security for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Los Angeles, and Ed tells Frank that he has 24 hours to clear Nordberg before word gets out about what happened and detracts from the queen's visit. Frank visits Ludwig in his office. Ludwig learns that Nordberg is still alive. Ludwig has his assistant, Jane Spencer, assist Frank in his investigation and the two fall in love. Jane is unaware of her employer's illegal activities.
Cannonball Run II, 1h48
Directed by Hal Needham
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Martial arts films, Auto racing films, Road movies
Actors Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jamie Farr, Telly Savalas
Roles King
Rating49% 2.4525852.4525852.4525852.4525852.452585
Having lost the first Cannonball Run race, Sheik Abdul ben Falafel (Jamie Farr) is ordered by his father (Ricardo Montalban) to go back to America and win another Cannonball Run in order to "emblazon the Falafel name as the fastest in the world." When Sheik Abdul points out that there is no Cannonball Run that year, his father simply tells him to "buy one."
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1h53
Directed by Nicholas Meyer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors William Shatner, Ricardo Montalbán, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei
Roles Khan Noonien Singh
Rating76% 3.848963.848963.848963.848963.84896
In the year 2285, Admiral James T. Kirk oversees a simulator session of Captain Spock's trainees. In the simulation, Lieutenant Saavik commands the starship USS Enterprise on a rescue mission to save the crew of a damaged ship. When the Enterprise enters the Klingon Neutral Zone to reach the ship it is attacked by Klingon cruisers and critically damaged. The simulation is named the "Kobayashi Maru"—a no-win scenario designed to test the character of Starfleet officers. Later, Dr. McCoy joins Kirk on his birthday; seeing Kirk in low spirits, the doctor advises Kirk to get a new command and not grow old behind a desk.
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood, 1h32
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Rintintin (acteur canin), Teri Garr, Art Carney, Phil Silvers
Roles Silent Film Star
Rating46% 2.319352.319352.319352.319352.31935
En 1924, Estie Del Ruth se rend à Hollywood dans l'espoir de devenir une grande actrice. Sur son chemin, elle rencontre un chien du nom de Won Ton Ton (Rintintin) qui se met à la suivre. Une fois à destination, Won Ton Ton séduit tout le monde et devient une star à la place d'Estie.
The Mark of Zorro, 1h18
Directed by Don McDougall
Origin USA
Genres Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Superhero films, Zorro
Actors Frank Langella, Ricardo Montalbán, Gilbert Roland, Louise Sorel, Anne Archer, Yvonne De Carlo
Roles Captain Esteban
Rating59% 2.9563152.9563152.9563152.9563152.956315
The plot follows the 1940 version almost scene-for-scene. In the 1840s, the foppish Don Diego Dela Vega returns from Spain to his family in California to find that his father has been replaced as ruler of the area by the cruel ruler Don Luis Quintero. Despite being a skilled swordsman, Diego downplays his skills in front of the evil Captain Esteban and shows himself to be rather a clown in front of his family. However, Diego secretly picks up the sword of justice as Zorro and fights to return justice to the region and his people.
Wonder Woman, 1h13
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Spy films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Cathy Lee Crosby, Kaz Garas, Andrew Prine, Charlene Holt, Ricardo Montalbán, Richard X. Slattery
Roles Abner Smith
Rating48% 2.4205752.4205752.4205752.4205752.420575
This version of Wonder Woman (Cathy Lee Crosby) did not wear the comic book costume including the tiara trademark and her "secret identity" of Diana Prince was not all that secret. The film follows Wonder Woman, assistant to government agent Steve Trevor (Kaz Garas) as she pursues a villain named Abner Smith (Ricardo Montalban) who has stolen a set of code books containing classified information about U.S. government field agents.
The Train Robbers, 1h32
Directed by John Wayne, Michael Wayne, Rod Taylor, Ann-Margret, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Burt Kennedy
Origin USA
Genres Action, Western
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson, Christopher George, Bobby Vinton
Roles The Pinkerton Man
Rating64% 3.249053.249053.249053.249053.24905
After the death of her husband, Mrs. Lowe (Ann-Margret) wants to tell the railroad where to find the half million U.S. dollars in gold her late husband, Matt, stole during a train robbery, and clear the family name for her son. Instead Lane (John Wayne) convinces her to retrieve the gold so she can collect the $50,000 reward offered by the railroad for its return. Lane lines up some old friends to assist him in retrieving the gold for a share of the reward. But the other original train robbers have gathered a gang and will try to get the gold at any cost. As they all journey into Mexico in search of the hidden gold they are followed closely by Ricardo Montalban's character, a Pinkerton agent.
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, 1h28
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about computing, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Time travel films, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Films about apes, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films
Actors Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalbán, Natalie Trundy, John Randolph, Hari Rhodes
Roles Armando
Rating61% 3.0506553.0506553.0506553.0506553.050655
The opening titles set the film in "North America – 1991." Armando (Ricardo Montalbán) explains that in 1983 (ten years after the end of Escape from the Planet of the Apes, which was set two years ahead of its theatrical release date), a disease killed the world's cats and dogs, leaving humans with no pets. To replace them, humans began keeping apes as household pets. Realizing the apes' capacity to learn and adapt, humans train them to perform household tasks. By 1991, American culture is based on ape slave labor (just as Cornelius described would happen in the previous film). It is also suggested that the North America of the 1990s is at least partly a police state, as apes and humans are being watched at all times.