Fantasy Island star Montalban dies

Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr Roarke in TV’s Fantasy Island, has died. He was 88.

Montalban’s death was announced at a Los Angeles city council meeting by president Eric Garcetti, who represents the district where the actor lived.

He died “from complications of advancing age”, his son-in-law, Gilbert Smith, later said.

Montalban had been a star in Mexican movies when MGM brought him to Hollywood in 1946.

But the suave actor was best known as the faintly mysterious, white-suited Mr Roarke, who he played throughout the 1970s and 80s, who presided over a tropical island resort where visitors fulfilled their lifelong dreams.

He also starred as Zach Powers in Dynasty spin-off The Colbys and played Khan in the 1982 Star Trek movie The Wrath Of Khan.

In more recent years Ricardo could be seen as Grandfather in the Spy Kids movie sequels and has provided his voice to a number of animated TV shows and films, including Ant Bully and Family Guy.

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