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A smooth-talking film and television star who was often cast as a Latin lothario, Ricardo Montalban was born in Mexico City on Nov. 25, 1920. As a teenager, he moved to Los Angeles and worked diligently to improve his English, eventually catching the eye of an MGM movie executive.

One of the first Hispanic actors to work steadily in postwar Hollywood, Montalban became a household name later in his career, thanks to the hit TV show "Fantasy Island," which paired him with diminutive sidekick Hervé Villechaize. He¿s also remembered as Captain Kirk¿s bare-chested nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), a character he created 15 years earlier on the original television series.

Montalban's résumé includes a Tony nomination for the 1958 musical "Jamaica" and an Emmy Award for the 1978 miniseries How the West Was Won. He died on Jan. 14, 2009, at the age of 88.

Ricardo Montalban in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

1982 PG

To escape his desk job, Adm. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) returns to the USS Enterprise, assisting Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in a training mission for Starfleet cadets. But the inexperienced crew is put to the test when escaped villain Khan (Ricardo Montalban) steals a powerful weapon and comes after the admiral seeking revenge. Now, Kirk must use all his wiles and whip the cadets into shape if they hope to defeat Khan's deadly traps.

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