Ricardo Montalban, the debonair actor who starred in the TV series Fantasy Island and dozens of movies from MGM musicals to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, has died, the Associated Press is reporting. The Mexican-born star passed away on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles at age 88. A cause of death has not yet been announced.
Born in Mexico City in 1920, Montalban rose in Hollywood during the 1950s, starring in musicals, Westerns, and action-dramas in which he was sometimes cast as Native American or Asian characters. His fame increased in the 1970s thanks to his role as Mr. Roarke on the hit TV show Fantasy Island and his voiceover work — notably, his pitch for the Chrysler Cordoba’s “Corinthian leather.” Younger audiences know him as the villain in 1982’s second Star Trek feature film, which revived a character he played on the original TV series, as well as the grandfather in two of the Spy Kids movies.