Wednesday, January 14, 2009

KHAN IS NO MORE. RICARDO MONTALBAN DEAD AT 88.

He has left Seti Alpha Six and will not be returning. He has left the island and cannot come back.

Those who know me well enough know that The Wrath of Khan (Star Trek II) is tied with two other films for my favorite movie of all time. In the past few years we have lost DeForest Kelly (Bones McCoy) and James Doohan (Scotty). George Takei came out of the closet and Gene Roddenberry's widow, Majel (aka: Nurse Chapel) passed just a few weeks ago.

Today, we lost Ricardo Montalban. Known to most as Mr. Rourke from Fantasy Island but also as Captain Kirk's nemesis Khan Noonien Singh. It sucks growing older and watching your childhood heroes and villains pass from this Earth. In memoriam I offer one of the my favorite all time movie scenes below, fans of Cheers will notice a beautiful, elegant pre-Cheers Kirstie Alley at the helm/navigator's console.

From 1982:

2 comments:

varangianguard said...

That is still one of my all-time favorites.

I was just watching "Battleground" over the weekend. A much younger Ricardo Montalban had a small role in that classic.

coffee said...

Montalban epitomized the suave host image; and he did a great job in the Wrath of Kahn too! he will be missed.