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Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino (November 25, 1920 — January 14, 2009) was a Mexican-American actor. Dividing his time between America and Mexico in The '40s, he became a major film star in Mexico, and found steady work in Hollywood, usually playing Latin Lover roles. In later years he was a familiar face as a prolific character actor, then finally achieved stardom in America in the 1970s, when Fantasy Island became a hit TV series. He was also known as one of the best villains to ever grace the Star Trek franchise, Khan Noonien Singh, from the original episode "Space Seed" and his reprisal of the role in what's widely considered the finest of the original series films, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Younger tropers are most likely to remember him as Grandfather Valentin in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, or as the voice of recurring Freakazoid! and Kim Possible villains Armondo Guitierrez and Señior Senior Sr., respectively.

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Was a spokesperson for Chrysler in the 1980s, which is (supposedly) where "Rich Corinthian leather" comes from.

A longtime advocate for the Latino community in Hollywood, he started his own foundation, which purchased and restored the historic Vine Street Theatre in Hollywood (now called the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre).

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