• Jan 14, 2009
Earlier today, Ricardo Montalban, the excellent veteran actor, passed away in his home at the age of 88. His massive body of work reads like a history of 20th-century filmed entertainment, with appearances in everything from Bonanza to Hawaii Five-O to even Dora the Explorer. Perhaps best known for playing Fantasy Island's Mr. Rourke from 1978 to 1984, Montalban's memorable role as Khan Noonien Singh in the 1967 Star Trek episode, "Space Seed," would be reprised on the silver screen 15 years later in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It's arguably the best Star Trek film, due in very large part to Montalban's mesmerizing performance. But for those of us of a certain age, he'll also be forever remembered for making the phrase "Corinthian Leather" part of the lexicon. And as you'll see after the jump, he did it with style. Rest in peace, Ricardo.

[Source: AP]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Sad day indeed, you will be missed Ricardo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man that car is sweet. His performance on Star Trek was indeed classic. He was good in everything he did quite frankly. Rest in Peace Ricardo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      First the midget, now this!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Kahn Noonien Singh" and "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn"

      Sorry to be pedantic, but this is a mistake that people often make. They juxtapose Kahn and Khan when they are different and unrelated names. Kahn is the Germanized form of the Jewish surname Cohen. Khan is a Central Asian surname from the title Khan, a title for a sovereign or military rulers. And seeing as the character is supposed to be a Sikh, I'm pretty sure he was Khan. Though it might have been interesting to have a Jewish space tyrant villain in Star Trek...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nothing to be sorry about there, Cameron.
      • 6 Years Ago
      rest in peace sir.

      but it is mind boggling that he calls the cordoba a great handling vehicle and the commercial shows the car in the mountain twisties.

      hehe, i wonder if he drove todays M3 in 1975 what his coments would have been.

      My god have we come a long way in vehicle handling. A Fusion of today is better than the Countach of yesteryear!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "It was a hair under 18 feet long."

        And yet, weighed 15-125 lb less than 2009 Challenger V8/automatics.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is laughable, 34 years out, isn't it?

        But you have to remember that taken against the cars it was sold alongside -- the Newport, the New Yorker, the last of the big Imperials -- the Cordoba WAS a very good-handling car. And those that were powered by the 400 V-8 were surprisingly fast, too. Even the 360 wasn't bad.

        Ricardo Montalban truly transcended generations. My dad thought his portrayal of Khan in 1967 was magnificent. I remember him best for the commercials and also on "Fantasy Island." My two older kids thought he was awesome as the grandfather in the "Spy Kids" movies, and the youngest two were graced with his voice in "Dora the Explorer."

        Many, many millions of people are going to miss this legendary individual. I know I will.
        • 6 Years Ago
        quote from bc: -
        ""It was a hair under 18 feet long."

        And yet, weighed 15-125 lb less than 2009 Challenger V8/automatics." -

        While also meeting far less strict safety standards and not being nearly as well equipped.

        I won't deny that cars are heavier now than they should be, but we get a ton back because of it in terms of increased safety(both in design and additional equipment) and more luxuries(which add up in weight as well).

        Making a comparison to a totally different topic, it's similar to our tax system. People will say, "it's only another 5 cents in taxes", or "it will only cost you an additional $10/month" and before you know it, you have a 4,000lb tax bill and one day you wonder, "How did it get this big??"

        A single raindrop may be harmless but enough of them can cause a flood.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Farris,

        I know the secret handshake. (I can add HTML tags in the admin tool.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jeff, he calls it "the new small Chrysler."

        It was a hair under 18 feet long.

        Different times. Man, that car looks good in brown.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mr. Montalban brought class, prestige and personality for the Cordoba brand. Brand awareness was at a historic high, everyone remembers rich, cooorinthian leather! RIP you will be missed
      • 6 Years Ago
      Excellent post.It seems like classic and commercial car. Keep it up!…
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      • 6 Years Ago
      RIP Montalban...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sad...
      • 6 Years Ago
      And people whine about prominent grills on current vehicles. Look at the one on the Cordoba, and that wasn't particularly big or prominent for the era (neither was the car). In the past couple decades, grills became uninteresting, and even non-existent on some cars. I welcome their return on Audis, Acuras, Cadillacs, Lincolns, etc. These new cars wil be recognized and remembered for decades...like Ricardo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Vaya con Dios...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rest in peace Ricardo. The man who redefined Corinthian leather. ;)
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