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Overview for Ricardo Montalban
Ricardo Montalban

Ricardo Montalban


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Also Known As: Died: January 14, 2009
Born: November 25, 1920 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mexico City, Mexico Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Ant Bully, The (2006)
Six bored people attempt to get admitted into an insane asylum in a bid to spice up their lives. With only one bed available, the six men and women must compete to prove who is the craziest in the bunch.
Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003) as Grandfather
Under-age agents Juni and Carmen Cortez set out on their most mind-blowing mission yet: journeying inside the virtual reality world of a 3-D video game designed to outsmart them, as the awe-inspiring graphics and creatures of gaming come to real life. Relying on humor, gadgetry, bravery, family bonds and lightning-quick reflexes, the Spy Kids must battle through tougher and tougher levels of the game, facing challenges that include racing against road warriors and surfing on boiling lava, in order to save the world from a power hungry villain.
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
Exploring their further adventures, Carmen and Juni Cortez have joined the family spy business as Level 2 OSS agents. Their new mission is to save the world from a mad scientist living on a volcanic island populated by an imaginative menagerie of creatures. On this bizarre island, none of the Cortez''s gadgets work and they must rely on their wits and each other to survive and save the day.
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Classic musical numbers and rare behind-the-scenes footage show how MGM created the screen''''s greatest musicals. Featuring clips with Gene Kelly, Lena Horne and Debbie Reynolds.
MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992)
A three-part documentary series exploring the history of MGM Studios.
High Rise (1990) as Victor Constanza
Detective B.L. Stryker attempts to rescue two friends taken hostage by jewel thieves. A presentation of "The ABC Saturday Mystery."
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
A dumb cop tries to thwart a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.
Cannonball Run II (1984)
Washed up race car driver J.J. McClure and his mechanic Victor Prinzim enter the cross-country Cannonball Run in a ambulance. In order to look more legitimate, they take along a doctor, Nikolas Van Helsing, and abduct a pretty photographer to pass as their patient.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Captain Kirk leads his crew against an old enemy in the fight to control a world-shattering weapon.
Return to Fantasy Island (1978)
This second feature-length pilot for the hit series that began in January 1978 offered more dreams fulfilled for six lucky people on a plush island resort. Originally it was to have been titled simply "Fantasy Island II" and had been scheduled to premiere two months earlier.
Captains Courageous (1977)
A remake of Kipling's all-time adventure classic that starred Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew and Melvyn Douglas in 1937 and told of a spoiled rich kid who grows up fast under the care of a crusty sea captain after falling overboard from his father's ship.
Fantasy Island (1977) as Roarke
In this pilot to the hit series which began in the fall of 1977, a planeload of wealthy vacationers land on a glamorous island paradise for the weekend, where for $50,000 each they can live out their most compelling fantasies. Suave Montalban and his short Man Friday, Villechaize, continued welcomin
Joe Panther (1976) as Turtle George
A young Seminole indian boy comes of age outside the Florida Everglades by trying to enter the establishment ( white man's world ). He gets work as crew member on ( brian Keith's ) fishing boat, hunts for alligators and has cathartic encounters with bad guys trying to bring illegal aliens into Florida on fishing boats.
McNaughton's Daughter (1976)
A series pilot about a female deputy district attorney, here assigned the task of trying to pin a murder rap on a "saint," a beloved religious crusader accused of killing her young lover. The subsequent series ran for three episodes.
Mark of Zorro, The (1974)
"TV's first movie swashbuckler," as this remake of the old Tyrone Power classic was billed, had Frank Langella portraying the dashing avenger of the oppressed people of early California, a dandified weakling by day, a masked-and-caped crusader by night.
Wonder Woman (1974)
On Paradise Island, which is inhabited by a race of superhuman women, the beautiful Diana is instructed by her Queen Mother to leave the serenity of the island and assist the world in its battle against evil. Shortly after leaving the island, Diana adopts the alias of Diana Prince and acquires a job
The Train Robbers (1973)
A bandit's widow enlists a famed gunman to return the gold her husband had stolen.
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) as Armando
Cornelius and Zira's son Caesar leads apes to revolution in this installment of the apes saga. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague and now apes are household pets that are treated like slaves. Caesar has the intelligence to fight this oppression.
Fireball Forward (1972)
A standard war movie that not only has stalwart Ben Gazzara taking over a hard-luck division at the front but also utilizes lots of extra footage from "Patton" which Frank McCarthy, producer of that movie and this, had in abundance.
Desperate Mission, The (1971) as Joaquin Murieta
Western hokum about Mexican bandit-folk hero Joaquin Murieta here shown to be a frontier Robin Hood, fighting a bunch of ruthless hombres and, with three cohorts righting wrongs done to harassed pioneers. Filmed in 1969, it was initially shown theatrically outside the United States in 1970 under the
Face Of Fear, The (1971) as Sergeant Frank Ortega
Love story involving a Canadian Professional Hockey Player(Billy Duke) and a hippy folk singer(Sherry Nelson). Their union is tumultuous, as both try to come to terms with their differences in careers and lifestyles. They realize too late that they both love each other. Shot in/around Toronto, Ontario CANADA and includes good use of vintage NHL footage.
Spina Dorsale del Diavola, La (1971)
Bitter over his wife's death due to what he believes was army negligence, Capt. Viktor Kaleb deserts the cavalry and disappears into the southwestern wasteland. But when marauding Apaches set up a stronghold just out of the cavalry's reach in Mexico, Kaleb is given amnesty in exchange for leading a small band of especially trained soldiers to wipe out the Indian stronghold.
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) as Armando
Following the events in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", Cornelius and Zira flee back through time to 20th Century Los Angeles, where they face persecution similar to what Taylor suffered in the future, and discover the origins of the stream of events that will shape their world.
The Deserter (1971) as Natchai
A young soldier's resilience is tested and his loyalties divided when he joins the French Foreign Legion during the Algerian uprising against France.
Sweet Charity (1969) as Vittorio Vitale
A taxi dancer''''s faith in love leads her to one bad match after another.
Blue (1968) as Ortega
A Mexican bandit, part of a gang led by his father, goes on a raid into the U.S. He falls for a beautiful woman and decides to leave his life of crime and settle down with her. Eventually his father and the gang come back for him, and he finds himself torn between his love for the woman and his loyalty to his father and his fellow gang members.
Sol Madrid (1968) as Jalisco
An undercover narcotics agent tries to track a Mafia chief.
Madame X (1966) as Phil Benton
A fallen woman on trial for murder is defended by the son she abandoned years earlier.
The Money Trap (1966) as Pete Delanos
A cop with financial problems turns crooked.
The Singing Nun (1965) as Father Clementi
Fanciful biography of the Belgian nun who briefly made the hit parade.
Cheyenne Autumn (1964) as Little Wolf
A reluctant Cavalry Captain must track a defiant tribe of migrating Cheyennes.
Love Is a Ball (1963) as Gaspard
A Riviera matchmaker tries to groom a young woman for a wealthy marriage.
Rage of the Buccaneers (1963) as Gordon, the Black Buccaneer
One night in the lives of young Native American men and women--transplants from Southwest reservations--living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles, as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance.
The Reluctant Saint (1962) as Father Raspi
In this true story, a 17th century man miraculously overcomes his intellectual challenges to become a priest.
Desert Warrior (1961) as Prince Said
New Year Sacrifice offers a tale centered on China s oldest and most important celebration, Chinese New Year, this domestic drama follows the life of a young woman, who is trapped by traditions that sell her into marriage, enslave her to her husband's family, and eventually turn her into an outcast.
Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) as Louie Ramponi
Residents of a Chicago tenement join forces to save a troubled teen from a life of crime.
Sayonara (1957) as Nakamura
American soldiers in post-war Japan defy convention when they fall in love with local women.
Three for Jamie Dawn (1956) as George Lorenz
Queen of Babylon (1956) as Amal
In 600 BC, Babylon is conquered by the army of King Assur. When the Chaldean people refuse to submit to his rule, their leader Ahmal (Montalban) flees into the country and is hidden by a beautiful goatherd named Semiramis (Fleming). She is later captured, becomes the King's favorite and is soon made queen. When Ahmal himself is made a prisoner, he believes she has betrayed him. The king's wicked cousin tortures Ahmal and uses both him and Semiramis in his plot to depose the king and seize power for himself. When he does murder Assur, he blames Semiramis and prepares to burn her at the stake. But Ahmal and his people, toiling as slaves in a nearby quarry, are alerted by an informant...
A Life in the Balance (1955) as Antonio Gomez
The Saracen Blade (1954) as Pietro Donati
Ricardo Montalban, Betta St. John, Rick Jason, Carolyn Jones, Whitfield Conner, Michael Ansara. A 13th century revenge drama set during the time of the Crusades in which a commoner exacts justice for the murder of this father by Count Siniscola and his son. Directed by William Castle ("The Tingler") and based on the novel by Frank Yerby.
Sombrero (1953) as Pepe Gonzales
Three sets of lovers are caught between feuding Mexican villages.
My Man and I (1952) as Chu Chu Ramírez
A Mexican-American laborer fights for his dignity.
Latin Lovers (1952) as Roberto Santos
An heiress searches for true love while vacationing in Brazil.
The Mark of the Renegade (1951) as Marcos Zappa
Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Ironshirt
An explorer leads the way west for 19th-century settlers along the American frontier.
Right Cross (1950) as Johnny Monterez
A boxer's ego battles his love for his manager's daughter.
Mystery Street (1950) as Peter Moralas
Criminal pathologists try to crack a case with nothing but the victim's bones to go on.
Two Weeks with Love (1950) as Demi Armendez
Two sisters find romance during a turn-of-the-century family vacation.
Battleground (1949) as Roderigues
American soldiers in France fight to survive a Nazi siege just before the Battle of the Bulge.
Border Incident (1949) as Pablo Rodriguez
Police try to crack down on the illegal immigration racket.
The Kissing Bandit (1949) as Fiesta specialty dance
A timid young man is forced to follow in his father's footsteps as a notorious masked bandit.
Neptune's Daughter (1949) as Jose O'Rourke
Mistaken identity complicates a polo player's romance with a bathing suit designer.
On an Island with You (1948) as Ricardo Montez
A movie star falls for a handsome naval officer during location shooting in Hawaii.
Fiesta (1947) as Mario Morales
A Mexican beauty replaces her toreador brother in the bull ring so he can pursue his musical career.
Fuga, La (1944)
Santa (1943)

Cast (special)

Face: Jesus in Art, The (2001)
Documentary traces the dramatically different ways in which Jesus has been represented in art throughout history and around the world. Digital technology is used to illuminate artistic treasures as they have never been seen before, from Michelangelo's Pieta to the Chartres Cathedral.
Mexican Americans, The (2000) as Interviewee
Documentary that sheds light on the history and culture of Mexican Americans. Mexican American artists, politicians, journalists and community leaders share their personal stories.
U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) (1998)
Documentary explores the events surrounding the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848), the conflict between neighboring nations struggling for land, power and national identity.
ALMA Awards (1998)
Presentation of the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The ALMAs, which mean spirit or soul in Spanish, celebrate the positive portrayal of Latino images in American film and television.
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)
Documentary on the popular "Planet of the Ape" series of theatrical films. Features behind-the-scenes footage, screen tests, photos, home movies and interviews with the stars.
All Star Party for Aaron Spelling, An (1998)
A tribute to successful television producer Aaron Spelling, featuring clips and cast reunions to commemorate over three decades of primetime series.
Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line (1997) as Interviewee
Biographical documentary of actress Barbara Stanwyck.
Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice (1996)
In this documentary, Lena Horne tells the story of her journey to reluctant stardom from her early days in the chorus line of the Cotton Club when she was 16, to her film career in Hollywood and her caberet career.
1995 NCLR Bravo Awards (1995)
First presentation of awards show celebrating Latin music and culture. The awards will honor individuals responsible for the creation of positive portrayals of Latinos in American film, television, and music.
Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration (1995)
Hosted by comedian Paul Rodriguez, this variety special benefits the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF).
4th Annual Desi Awards, The (1992)
An awards telecast to recognize the achievements of Hispanics in music, film and television.
All-Star Fiesta at Ford's (1992)
A musical/variety special saluting the Hispanic heritage of the United States. Taped during a performance from Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Matador, El (1990) as Narration
A documentary focusing on 17-year-old Miguel Espinosa's passage from junior to senior bullfighter.
Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous (1990)
A special examining America's fascination with celebrities. Based on the irreverent, satirical humor of "Spy Magazine."
Thanks for Giving (1989) as Co-Host
A four-hour telethon for the benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International. The show features performances by celebrities and educational segments, as well as updates on current research.
Christmas With the Stars: An International Earthquake Benefit (1989)
Live broadcast of a three-hour benefit for the victims of the Armenian and San Francisco Bay Area earthquakes.
Golden Eagle Awards, The (1987)
The 17th annual ceremonies that honor outstanding achievements by Hispanics in entertainment.
National AIDS Awareness Test: What Do You Know About Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome?, The (1987)
A special featuring a "test format" that allows viewers to answer 50 questions on AIDS, after which answers, based on the latest medical research, are given. The program, presented without commercial interruption, features discussions on AIDS origin, transmission, prevention, and treatment, as well
Welcome Home (1987)
A live concert in Washington, D.C. held on July 4th, in tribute to Vietnam vets and organized by "Welcome Home," an organization that aids and supports Vietnam vets.
Placido Domingo Sings Zarzuela! (1986)
A live performance, taped at Madison Square Garden on August 8, l985, of excerpts from several zarzuelas (Spanish operas). Tenor Placido Domingo performs with the Antologia de la Zarzuela, Spain's leading Zarzuela touring troupe.
Magic of David Copperfield, The (1984)
An hour of magic and illusion, hosted by David Copperfield.
Celebrities: Where Are They Now? (1983) as Host
The program tracks down has-been performers who have completely drifted out of the spotlight.
Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man (1973)
A comical interlude in which Dinah Shore seeks the ideal man.
Fantasticks, The (1964) as El Gallo
A television adaptation of the long-running off-Broadway musical about the romantic affair of a young couple and the many illusions they share.
Tonight in Havana (1958) as Tio
The story, set in Havana, relates the adventures of Tio and Amelia, restaurant owners who help people in distress. An old flame of Amelia's asks Tio to help recover a stolen necklace.

Cast (short)

The Million Dollar Nickel (1952)
This propaganda short focuses on how the war against Communism can be fought by the purchase of a stamp.

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