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Ricardo Montalban, the actor who proved to be arguably the greatest nemesis of William Shatner's Captain - later Admiral - James T. Kirk, has died at the age of 88. Montalban passed away in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, following a long, successful, and hard-working career in US film, on TV, and on the stage. The cause …


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  1. Nate Amsden


  2. Anonymous Coward

    Hopefully his coffin

    will be upholsetered in soft, Corinthian leather

  3. James O'Brien

    Hopefully the first



  4. Timbo
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    "From hell's heart, I stab at thee....

    ....for hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee." Brilliantly delivered by Ricardo in ROK. Anybody that can have enough of a presence in a film to make me forget about the 'hamishness' of Shatner gets my respect.

    Paris, because i'm sure she's spat a few times as well when she's been out of breath.

  5. Rebecca Putman

    According to the LA Times...,0,3732229.story

    "Montalban died Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home of complications related to old age, said his son-in-law, Gilbert Smith."


    He contributed much to our culture, and will be missed.

  6. Anonymous Coward

    The Plane

    The plane boss...the plane.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    He was intelligent

    but his behaviour indicated two dimensional thinking.

  8. paul brain
    Dead Vulture

    greatest movie of all time

    Thanks Kaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  9. Smallbrainfield

    Farewell Senor Senior

    You will be missed.

  10. Yorkshirepudding


    such a massive massive shame! one of the best villians ever so well played!

    best parting speech of a villian even if it was ripped from moby dick as the enterprise is doing a runner he rants at the viewscreen

    "for hates sake i spit my last breath at thee"

    RIP Ricardo there is a massive leather armchair waiting for you beyond the great barrier

  11. Hollerith

    We will not see his like again

    Not only a good actor sadly wasted because Hollywood isn't good at seeing leading men out of caucasian colourin, but well ripped, at least in the Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, which remains the best ST movie ever, despite the bagpipes send-off of our favorite Vulcan.

  12. Eddie Edwards


    Out of interest, what does the author consider the other one of the two best Star Trek movies?

  13. al

    Geeks love(d) star trek, I get it.

    But sadly.. this is not a technology news. By far.

    Al WarMing.

  14. Tom Austin
    Paris Hilton

    The icons are all going...

    Ricardo Montalban, RIP...

    Patrick McGoohan, RIP...

    When will this all end?

    PH, as an icon that will, inevitably, go too...

  15. Martin Milan

    Best star trek film other than Wrath of Khan?

    No contest - it has to be The Undiscovered Country...

  16. Anonymous Coward

    Let's not forget one of Khan's immortal lines ...

    "From Hell's heart, I stab at thee ..." - don't think I've ever seen a line delivered with such venom.

    First Patrick McGoohan (was watching 'The Prisoner' last night, as it happened) and now Ricardo Montalban. I think I'm beginning to understand why Arthur Dent hated Thursdays so much.

    Along with "Generations" and "Nemesis" (I know, I know), "Wrath of Khan" is the only Star Trek movie I watch on a regular basis - the Book Of The Film[tm] is very good as well.

  17. Yorkshirepudding

    obligatory quote #2

    He tasks me! he tasks me and i shall have him I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nivea, and 'round the Antares maelstrom, and 'round perdition's flames before I g ive him up

    @ small brain field

    i was going to mention his voicework for various animated shows too he did some great characters too

  18. Stephen

    Another good actor passes on

    In the original series Khan appeared as a one time villian, but the transformation onto the big screen by Ricardo was enough to produce one of the most memorable film villains ever seen.

    One day a friend of mine who came around while I was midway though watching the film (he admits he doesn't typically like Star trek) he got drawn in after seeing the "ear scene" in Khan's bunker and watched it to the end after that.

    He delivered lines so well, from the famous "Revenge is a dish best served cold" that has spread far beyond Trek circles, to his final "From Hells heart I stab at thee... for hates sake I spit my last breath at thee!" as he lies in a bloodied mess with the bomb ticking away.

    Ricardo you shall be missed.

  19. Anonymous Coward

    They didn't "rip" the quote,

    If you paid attention you would have realized it was Khan's favourite book.

    You will be complaining about Shakespeare in "The Undiscovered Country" next.

    Alien?? Natch!!

  20. Yorkshirepudding

    @ Ian Emery

    Ripped the quote was a strong word my humblest apologies i do of course know moby dick was his favourite book

    star trek villians have a knack for great speeches

    Christopher plummer ala undiscovered country

    and even [gasp] yes malcom mcdowel in generations (they say time is the fire in which we burn)

  21. Anonymous Coward

    . . . . 2nd best Star Trek

    First contact is ovbiously the second favourite movie. No under lying save the whales brainwashing included, need i say more.

  22. Law


    .... I'm looking forward to bad-guy speeches in upcoming movie...

    PS - Khan is one of best ST villians.... awesome actor too

  23. Anonymous Coward

    another sad day

    For all of us. I keep meaning to get a DVD version of the Prisoner so I can re-watch all of it without interruption. RIP

  24. Stevie


    One of the best bits of movie dialogue ever.

    Piratical Helmsman: "Captain! Our shields are dropping!"

    Khan: "Raise them!"

    Note that the twin curses of default password ingnoring (in this case on the strangely inconvenient Remote Shield Command feature of the USS Reliant) and Management Stating The Bleeding Obvious will still plague humanity in the distant future.

    We can extrapolate these trends to predict that by the time the Enterprise undocks the entire wireless internet will be bot-riddled and useless for anything but buying love-phaser enhancement pilz, and also that a sarcastically delivered "Why didn't I think of that?" will be the first library phrase stored into the Universal Translator.

    Bugger. I wonder who they'll tag to play Ricardo in the next "Star Trek Babies" movie?

  25. ThinkingOutLoud
    Paris Hilton

    Hasta luego, Ricardo.

    Ricardo can boast about having fans across several generations past and yet to be born. Let his passing revive interest in all his work. Requiescat In Pace amigo.

    Paris because even she must have watched him sometime - and I reckon that right up to his last breath, Ricardo would have pulled her...

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    and was once voted...

    the most beautiful man in the world.

    I think it was a reader's poll in a popular US magazine in the 1970/80s (pre-Internet).

  27. Daniel B.


    One of the most memorable villians in Star Trek history.


    One by one, the original ST crew has gone away; this time it is one of the best villians on the ST franchise.

    Mine's the one with the NCC-1701 keyring in the pockets...

  28. pctechxp

    Real cause of death

    His warp core breached

  29. Gary

    @ pctechxp

    Don't you mean he detonated the Genesis Device?

    Mines he one with the DVDs of EVERY Star Trek episode and film in the pockets. (Yes even the animated series too).

  30. GF


    Ricardo Montalban, RIP. He was a great actor. Yes, The Wrath of Kahn was the best. I am still waiting for the Blue-Ray format.

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