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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 The Train Robbers

The Train Robbers

1973 PG

After her husband dies in disrepute, an attractive widow (Ann-Margret) hires gunslinger Lane (John Wayne) to recover a cache of stolen gold and clear her family name. The two set out for Mexico in search of the loot, but the journey proves more perilous than they expected. A mysterious horseman and a violent group of bandidos are also in pursuit of the gold in this shoot-'em-up that will keep you guessing.

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