Ricardo Montalban Biography (1920-)

Born November 25, 1920, in Mexico City, Mexico; immigrated to the United States, 1936; son of Jenaro (a store manager) and Ricarda Montalban; brother of Carlos Montalban (an actor and dancer); brother-in-law of Loretta Young (an actress), Elizabeth Jane Young (an actress as Sally Blane), and Polly Ann Young(an actress); married Georgiana Young (an actress), October 26, 1944; children: Mark, Victor, Laura, Anita. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
Mexican
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
November 25, 1920
Mexico City, Mexico

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • He's a Latin from Staten Island, 1941
  • Cinco fueron escogidos (also known as Five Were Chosen), 1942
  • El verdugo de Sevilla, 1942
  • Announcer, La razon de la culpa, 1943
  • Santa, 1943
  • Fantasia ranchera, 1943
  • La fuga, 1944
  • La casa de la zorra (also known as The House of the Fox), 1945
  • Nosotros, 1945
  • Cadetes de naval, 1945
  • La hora de la verdad, 1945
  • Pepita Jimenez, 1946
  • Mario Morales, Fiesta, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1947
  • Ricardo Montez, On an Island with You, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948
  • Specialty dancer, The Kissing Bandit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948
  • Jose O'Rourke, Neptune's Daughter, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1949
  • Pablo Rodriguez, Border Incident, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1949
  • Private Johnny Rodriguez, Battleground, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1949
  • Lieutenant Peter Morales, Mystery Street (also known as Murderat Harvard), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1950
  • Johnny Monterez, Right Cross, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1950
  • Demi Armendez, Two Weeks with Love, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1950
  • Call Me Mister, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951
  • Marcos, Mark of the Renegade, Universal, 1951
  • Ironshirt, Blackfoot War Chief, Across the Wide Missouri, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1951
  • Chu Chu Ramirez, My Man and I, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952
  • (Uncredited) The Million Dollar Nickel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952
  • Pepe Gonzales, Sombrero, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
  • Roberto Santos, Latin Lovers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
  • Pietro, The Saracen Blade, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1954
  • Sombra verde (also known as Untouched), 1954, Excelsior, 1956
  • Antonio Gomez, A Life in the Balance, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955
  • George Lorenz, Three for Jamie Dawn, Allied Artists, 1956
  • Amak, The Queen of Babylon (also known as The Courtesans of Babylon and Cortigiana di Babilonia), 1956
  • Prince Said, Desert Warrior (also known as Gli amanti del deserto, La figlia dello sceicco, and Los amantes del desierto),1956
  • Nakamura, Sayonara, Warner Bros., 1957
  • Louie Ramponi, Let No Man Write My Epitaph, Columbia, 1960
  • Gordon (title role), The Black Buccaneer (also known as Black Pirate, Pirate Warrior, Rage of the Buccaneers, and Gordon, il pirata nero), Colorama, 1962
  • Major Padula, Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (also known asAdventures of a Young Man), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962
  • Don Raspi, The Reluctant Saint (also known as Cronachi di un converto and Joseph Desa), Davis-Royal Films International, 1962
  • Gaspard, Love Is a Ball (also known as All This and Money Too), United Artists, 1963
  • Little Wolf, Cheyenne Autumn, Warner Bros., 1964
  • Buenos noches, ano nuevo, 1964
  • Pete Delanos, The Money Trap, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Phil Benton, Madame X, Universal, 1966
  • Father Clementi, The Singing Nun, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Jalisco, Sol Madrid (also known as The Heroin Gang), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Ortega, Blue, Paramount, 1968
  • Iron Cowboy (also known as Fade-In), 1968
  • Vittorio Vidal, Sweet Charity (also known as Sweet Charity: TheAdventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved), Universal, 1969
  • Spanish-speaking narrator, Sentinels of Silence (short documentaryfilm; also known as Centinelas del silencio), Paramount, 1971
  • Natachai, The Deserter (also known as The Devil's Backbone,Ride to Glory, Djavolja kicma, and La spina dorsale del diavolo), Paramount, 1971
  • Armando, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • Armando, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972
  • Pinkerton man, The Train Robbers, Warner Bros., 1973
  • Fantasy, 1976
  • Turtle George, Joe Panther, Artists Creation, 1976
  • Silent film star, Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (also known as Won Ton Ton), Paramount, 1976
  • El asalto al castillo de la Moncloa, 1978
  • Mission to Glory (also known as Father Kino, Padre on Horseback and The Father Kino Story), 1980
  • Narrator, Space for Women, William Greaves Productions/National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1981
  • Khan Noonien Singh, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (also known as Star Trek II: The Vengeance of Khan and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Paramount, 1982
  • King, Cannonball Run II, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Narrator, Fatima, St. Gabriel Media, 1984
  • (In archive footage) That's Dancing!, 1985
  • Vincent Ludwig, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (also known as The Naked Gun), Paramount, 1988
  • Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Dimension Films/Troublemaker Studios, 2002
  • Narrator of the film Walls of Fire.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • District Attorney Charles Quintero, McNaughton's Daughter, NBC, 1976
  • Executive Suite, CBS, 1976-1977
  • Mr. Roarke, Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978-1984
  • Zachary Powers, The Colbys (also known as Dynasty II: The Colbys), ABC, 1985-1987
  • Mr. Shepard, Heaven Help Us, syndicated, 1994
  • Movies
  • "Rashomon," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1960
  • Ramon Castillo, "Zorro: Auld Acquaintance," Walt Disney Presents,ABC, 1961
  • Father Sanchez, The Longest Hundred Miles (also known as Escapefrom Bataan), NBC, 1967
  • Janacek, Code Name: Heraclitus, 1967
  • John Stambler/Kane, The Pigeon, ABC, 1969
  • Alejandro Zayas, Black Water Gold, ABC, 1970
  • Dr. Luis Delgado, The Aquarians (also known as Deep Lab), NBC, 1970
  • Al Matteo, Sarge: The Badge or the Cross (also known as The Badge or the Cross and Sarge), NBC, 1971
  • Sergeant Frank Ortega, The Face of Fear, CBS, 1971
  • Joaquin Murietta, Desperate Mission (also known as Joaquin Murietta), NBC, 1971
  • Jean Duval, Fireball Forward, ABC, 1972
  • "Mustang War," The Wonderful World of Disney, NBC, 1973
  • Abner Smith, Wonder Woman, ABC, 1974
  • Captain Esteban, The Mark of Zorro, ABC, 1974
  • Luis Montoya, Columbo: A Matter of Honor, NBC, 1976
  • Manuel, Captains Courageous, ABC, 1977
  • Mr. Roarke, Return to Fantasy Island (also known as Fantasy Island II), ABC, 1978
  • Victor Constanza, "High Rise" (also known as "B. L. Stryker"), The ABCSaturday Mystery, ABC, 1990
  • Miniseries
  • Satangkai, How the West Was Won, Part II, ABC, 1978
  • Episodic
  • "The Mojave Kid," Climax, CBS, 1955
  • "Cardboard Casanova," Ford Theater (also known as The Ford Television Theater), NBC, 1955
  • "Gina," The Loretta Young Show (also known as A Letter to Loretta), NBC, 1955
  • "Operation Cicero," The 20th Century-Fox Hour, CBS, 1955
  • "Estaban's Legacy," General Electric Theater (also known as G.E. Theater), CBS, 1956
  • "The Lady in His Life," Ford Theater (also known as The Ford Television Theater), NBC, 1956
  • "The Cardinal's Secret," The Loretta Young Show (also known as A Letter to Loretta), NBC, 1956
  • "Broken Arrow," The 20th Century-Fox Hour, CBS, 1956
  • "Island in the City," Climax, CBS, 1956
  • "Rhubarb in Apartment 7-A," The Loretta Young Show (also known asA Letter to Loretta), NBC, 1956
  • Hollywood Summer Theatre, CBS, 1956
  • "The Man on Top," The Loretta Young Show (also known as A Letter to Loretta), NBC, 1957
  • "Child of Trouble," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1957
  • Title role, "The Jean LeBec Story," Wagon Train, NBC, 1957
  • "Hour of Truth," Don Ameche Theater, syndicated, 1958
  • "Each Man's Island," The Loretta Young Show (also known as A Letter to Loretta), NBC, 1959
  • "Target for Three," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1959
  • "Tonight in Havana," Colgate Theater, NBC, 1959
  • "A Night at Trapper's Landing," Riverboat, NBC, 1959
  • "The Derelict," Adventures in Paradise, ABC, 1959
  • "The Hired Hand," The Loretta Young Show (also known as A Letter to Loretta), NBC, 1960
  • "Jeff McCleod, the Last Reb," Ford Star Time, NBC, 1960
  • "At the Edge of the Desert," The Loretta Young Show (also known asA Letter to Loretta), NBC, 1960
  • Matsou, "Day of Reckoning," Bonanza, NBC, 1960
  • "Margin for Error," The Loretta Young Show (also known as A Letter to Loretta), NBC, 1960
  • Pepe Lorca, "Outlaw in Town," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1960
  • "Eagle in the Rocks," Death Valley Days, syndicated, 1960
  • "The Man Who Couldn't Smile," The Loretta Young Show (also known as A Letter to Loretta), NBC, 1961
  • Frank Mecouris, "Stranglehold," The Untouchables, ABC, 1961
  • Joe Martinez, "Hot Winter in a Cold Town," Checkmate, CBS, 1961
  • "A Creature Lurks in Ambush," Cain's Hundred, NBC, 1962
  • Enrique Cuellar, "The Big Deal," The Virginian, NBC, 1962
  • "War Songs," The Lloyd Bridges Show, CBS, 1962
  • "The Glass Palace," Alcoa Premiere, ABC, 1963
  • "Epilogue," The Dick Powell Show, NBC, 1963
  • "The Death of Sitting Bull," The Great Adventure, CBS, 1963
  • "The Massacre at Wounded Knee," The Great Adventure, CBS, 1963
  • Henry Davis, "Six Impossible Things before Breakfast," Ben Casey,ABC, 1963
  • "The Hanging Man," The Greatest Show on Earth, ABC, 1963
  • "Tour of Duty," The Lieutenant, NBC, 1964
  • "The Pirate and the Patriots," The Great Adventure, CBS, 1964
  • "What Became of the White Tortilla?" Slattery's People, CBS, 1964
  • "Who Killed the Richest Man in the World?" Burke's Law, ABC, 1964
  • "Whitewash," The Defenders, CBS, 1964
  • Satine, "The Dove Affair," The Man from U.N.C.L.E., NBC, 1964
  • "Hugger-Mugger by the Sea," The Rogues, NBC, 1964
  • "In Any Language," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, NBC, 1965
  • "Who Killed Cop Robin?" Burke's Law, ABC, 1965
  • "Trial by Fire," Insight, syndicated, 1966
  • "A Few Hearts, a Few Flowers," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1966
  • "Some Tales from Halloween," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1966
  • "Dance to the Tango of Love," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1966
  • "You Got to Walk That Lonesome Valley," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1966
  • "The King of Diamonds Affair," The Man from U.N.C.L.E., NBC, 1966
  • "The Man with Two Faces," The Long Hot Summer, ABC, 1966
  • Colonel Noel Bartley Vautrain/Abu the Magnificent, "The Night of the Lordof Limbo," The Wild, Wild West, CBS, 1966
  • "The Symbol," Daniel Boone, NBC, 1966
  • "Gadjo," Combat!, ABC, 1967
  • Khan Noonien Singh, "A Fashion for Dying," Star Trek, NBC, 1967
  • Khan Noonien Singh, "Space Seed," Star Trek, NBC, 1967
  • Gerard Sefra, "Snowball in Hell," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1967
  • "Magic Mirror," I Spy, NBC, 1967
  • "Blueprint for Dying," Felony Squad, ABC, 1967
  • "To Sleep, Perchance to Scream," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, NBC, 1967
  • "One for My Baby," The Danny Thomas Hour, NBC, 1968
  • El Tigre, "Tiger by the Tail," High Chaparral, NBC, 1968
  • "A Fashion for Dying," Felony Squad, ABC, 1968
  • Sergeant Al Cervantes, "The Sacrifice," Ironside, NBC, 1968
  • "The Wind of Outrage," The Virginian, NBC, 1968
  • Nick Grobbo, "The Thingamabob Heist," It Takes a Thief, ABC, 1968
  • Tokura/S. Yamashito, "Samurai," Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 1968
  • Nick Grobbo, "The Galloping Skin Game," It Takes a Thief, ABC, 1968
  • Padre Sanchez, "Our Lady of Guadalupe," High Chaparral, NBC, 1968
  • "Wrath of Angels," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1969
  • "The Sweet Smell of Failure," Bracken's World, NBC, 1969
  • "Echo of a Nightmare," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1970
  • Chato, "Chato," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1970
  • "The Concrete Corral," McCloud, NBC, 1970
  • "Hey Gringo--Hey, Pocho," Bracken's World, NBC, 1970
  • "The Labyrinth," Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1970
  • Sosentes, "Last of the Comancheros," Men from Shiloh (some sourcescite The Virginian), NBC, 1970
  • Guest panelist, The Hollywood Squares, 1970
  • "Billy's First Date," The Doris Day Show, CBS, 1971
  • "The Siege," Nichols, NBC, 1971
  • "Operation: Lady Luck," O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, CBS, 1972
  • Alex Pareno, "Death Wish on Tantalus Mountain," Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 1972
  • Prince Phillip Gregory Hennepin of Montalbania, "Lucy and Her Prince Charming," Here's Lucy, CBS, 1972
  • "Countdown to Terror," Griff, ABC, 1973
  • Jean-Paul, "Kiss of Death," Switch, CBS, 1975
  • Sergio Flores, "Hard Rock Brown," Police Story, NBC, 1977
  • "Gabriel Navarete," An American Portrait, CBS, 1985
  • Zachary Powers, "Souvenirs," Dynasty, ABC, 1986
  • A Conversation with Dinah, The Nashville Network, 1989
  • Vaaclav Maryska, "Murder in F Sharp," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1990
  • Alejandro Goldman, "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told," Dream On, HBO, 1990
  • Interviewee, Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories, American Movie Classics, 1991
  • Hearts Are Wild, CBS, 1992
  • "Senor Stinky Learns Absolutely Nothing about Life," The Golden Palace, 1993
  • Voice, "Sleeping Beauty," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child (animated), HBO, 1995
  • Voice of Armando Guitierrez, Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!(animated; also known as Freakazoid!), The WB, 1995
  • Voice, Adventures from the Book of Virtues (animated), PBS, 1996
  • Colonel Martin Reeves, "Colonel of Truth," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996
  • "Barbara Stanwyck: Straight down the Line," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Manuel Kaire, "Getting to Know You," The Love Boat: The Next Wave,UPN, 1998
  • Voice of Vartkes, "Lone Wolf," Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, TheDisney Channel, 2000
  • Also appeared in The Carol Burnett Show, CBS.
  • Specials
  • "The Fantasticks," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1964
  • The white king, Alice through the Looking Glass, NBC, 1966
  • Guest star, The Magic of David Copperfield VI: Floating over the GrandCanyon, 1984
  • Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part III, ABC, 1985
  • Host, Placido Domingo Sings Zarzuela!, PBS, 1986
  • Welcome Home, HBO, 1987
  • National AIDS Awareness Test: What Do You Know about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome?, syndicated, 1987
  • Christmas with the Stars: An International Earthquake Benefit, TheDiscovery Channel, 1989
  • Host (with Gloria Loring), Thanks for Giving (also known as Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Telethon), USA Network, 1989
  • Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous (also known as Spy TV: How to Be Famous), NBC, 1990
  • Narrator, El Matador, PBS, 1990
  • Himself, Burt Reynolds' Conversations with ... , CBS, 1991
  • Himself, Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special, 1991
  • MGM: When the Lion Roars (also known as The MGM Story), TNT, 1992
  • Host, All-Star Fiesta at Ford's, ABC, 1992
  • Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration, ABC, 1995
  • Interviewee, "Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice," American Masters (documentary), PBS, 1996
  • Himself, Behind the Planet of the Apes, American Movie Classics, 1998
  • (In archive footage) Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments,UPN, 1999
  • Himself, Herve Villechaize: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • Awards Presentations
  • Host, The Golden Eagle Awards, 1987
  • The 4th Annual Desi Awards, 1992
  • Honoree, 1995 National Council of La Raza Bravo Awards, 1995
  • Pilots
  • District Attorney Charles Quintero, McNaughton's Daughter (also known as Try to Catch a Saint), NBC, 1976
  • Mr. Roarke, Fantasy Island, ABC, 1977
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • Fantasy Island, ABC, between 1978 and 1884
  • Stage Appearances
  • Her Cardboard Lover, Broadway production, 1940
  • Seventh Heaven (musical), Broadway production, 1955
  • Jamaica, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1957
  • Don Juan in Hell, Broadway production, 1972
  • Also appeared in The King and I, Our Betters, and Private Affair.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Himself, Oscar's Greatest Moments: 1971-1991, 1992
  • WRITINGS
  • Memoirs
  • (With Bob Thomas) Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds (memoir), Doubleday (Garden City, NY), 1980

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Dictionary of Hispanic Biography, Gale, 1996
    • Montalban, Ricardo, and Bob Thomas, Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds, Doubleday (Garden City, NY), 1980
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, August 26, 1994, p. 97; August 22, 1997, p.146
    • Star Trek Communicator, May, 1997, pp. 62-64

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