Mexico City, January 14, 2009 - Montalban died on January 14, 2009, at his home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88. The cause of death has not yet been identified.
Ricardo G. P. Montalban-Merino (November 25, 1920 - January 14, 2009) was a Mexican television, theatre, and film actor. He had a career spanning decades and multiple notable roles.
From 1977 to 1984 he starred as Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island. He also played Khan Noonien Singh in both a 1967 episode "Space Seed" of the first season of the original Star Trek series, and the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He won an Emmy Award in 1978, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993. Up until his 80s, he continued to perform, often providing voices for animated films and commercials.
He married Georgiana Young, an actress, in 1944; they had four children. She was half-sister of the actresses Sally Blane, Polly Ann Young, and Loretta Young, who nicknamed her "Georgie". After 63 years of marriage, Georgiana Young de Montalban died on November 13, 2007, at the age of 84.
Ricardo Montalban establishing the Nosotros Foundation, attempted to highlight and recognize Latino participation in the arts and entertainment. In 1970, the foundation created the Golden Eagle Awards, an annual awards show that recognizes Latino stars.
He remained a Mexican citizen by choice, having never applied for United States citizenship.