Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Khan Passes On

Star Trek's Khan Noonien Singh

Ricardo Montalban passed away today at the age of 88. He'd been in pain and basically a paraplegic since a less than successful spine operation (9 1/2 hrs long) in 1993.

Of course, for most people, he was Mr. Roarke of Fantasy Island and the spokesman for the Chrysler Cordoba - "fine Corinthian leather." But, for me, he'll always be Khan Noonien Singh from the episode Space Seed from Star Trek (the original series) and Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan. The Wrath Of Khan is considered by many to be the best of the Star Trek movies, largely because of Montalban's portrayal of the uberman Khan.

Godspeed, Mr. Montalban.


Anonymous said...

I saw Wrath of Khan in the movies when it came out. It made me a fan of Trek. He was a great actor. He had back problems for many years and it is sad that it progressed to what it did.

Mo K said...

I always enjoyed his acting.

And now The Prisoner :-(

Dark days....