Monday, January 19, 2009


Ricardo Montalban has died, he was 88 years old.

He was probably the last of the non-Limeys to be dependably cast as an aristocratic bad guy -- or if not a bad guy, then a guy of ambiguous or mysterious morals.

Every middlebrow critic with highbrow pretensions, not to mention garden-variety, amateur cineaste-snobs, panned his performance as Khan, and not just because of their antipathy to the Star Trek franchise. But actually, Montalban played it perfectly.

I've been "Retardo Montalban" on the internet for years, but just because it was a silly, corny name, not cuz I had anything against the actor. Rest in peace, rest in the dignity with which you lived and worked, Mr. M.

(Thanks to Richard for the link.)