Ricardo Montalbán

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November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro “KHAAAANNN!” Montalbán y Merino, the Mexican-born actor who literally invented a fake type of leather, was probably best known to American television audiences as the charming Mr. Roarke on the 1970’s-’80’s ABC series, Fantasy Island. Of course, hanging out in paradise with Hervé Villechaize wasn’t Montalbán’s only claim to fame. He also rose to pop-culture infamy by portraying Khan in both the TV and motion picture versions of Star Trek. But, the man who killed Spock also enjoyed a lucrative career on both sides of the Rio Grande starring in dozens of movies – often as an Asian character…for some reason.  Ricardo died of congestive heart failure at the age of 88 in Los Angeles.

Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Section EE, Tier 3, grave 21; At the extreme northern edge of the park, Ricardo and his wife are buried in the 3rd row up from the curb about 50 ft from the western edge of the section.

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