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Ricardo Montalbán

Ricardo Montalbán

Fantasy Island Ricardo Montalban (cropped).jpg
Montalbán as Mr. Roarke in Fantasy Island (1977)
Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino

(1920-11-25)25 November 1920
Mexico City, Mexico
Died14 January 2009(2009-01-14) (aged 88)[1][2][3]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeHoly Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.
Years active1941–2008
Georgiana Belzer
(m. 1944; died 2007)
RelativesCarlos Montalbán (brother)
AwardsEmmy Award (1978)
Screen Actors Guild (1993)
Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, KSG (/ˌmɒntəlˈbɑːn/; Spanish pronunciation: [montalˈβan]; 25 November 1920 – 14 January 2009) was a Mexican actor. His career spanned seven decades, during which he became known for many performances in a variety of genres, from crime and drama to musicals and comedy.

Among his notable roles was Armando in the Planet of the Apes film series from the early 1970s, wherein he starred in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972).

Ricardo Montalbán played Mr. Roarke on the television series Fantasy Island (1977–1984), and Khan Noonien Singh in both the original Star Trek series (1967) and the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). He won an Emmy Award for his role in the miniseries How the West Was Won (1978),[4] and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993.

Montalbán was professionally active into his 80s, when he provided voices for animated films and commercials, and appeared as Grandfather Valentin in the Spy Kids franchise. During the 1970s and '80s he was a spokesman in automobile advertisements for Chrysler, including those in which he extolled the "rich Corinthian leather" used for the Cordoba's interior.[5]

Early life

Montalbán was born on 25 November 1920, in Mexico City and grew up in Torreón,[6] the son of Spanish immigrants Ricarda Merino Jiménez and Genaro Balbino Montalbán Busano, a store manager,[7] who raised him as a Roman Catholic.[8][9] He was born with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in his spine.[10] Montalbán had a sister, Carmen, and two brothers, Pedro and Carlos.[11] As a teenager, he moved to Los Angeles to live with Carlos. They moved to New York City in 1940, and Montalbán earned a minor role in the play Her Cardboard Lover.[12]


Short Films

In 1941, Montalbán appeared in three-minute musicals produced for the Soundies film jukeboxes. He appeared in many of the New York–produced Soundies as an extra or as a member of a singing chorus (usually billed as Men and Maids of Melody), although he had the lead role in He's a Latin from Staten Island (1941), in which he (billed simply as "Ricardo") played the title role of a guitar-strumming gigolo, accompanied by an offscreen vocal by Gus Van.[13]

Mexican Films

Late in 1941, Montalbán returned to Mexico after learning that his mother was dying. There, he acted in a dozen Spanish-language films and became a star in his homeland.[14]

He had an uncredited appearance in a version of The Three Musketeers (1942) starring Cantinflas. He could be glimpsed in El verdugo de Sevilla (1942), The Saint That Forged a Country (1942) starring Ramon Navarro and La razón de la culpa (1943).

Stardom in Mexico

Montalban became a star in Mexico in Santa (1943), which was directed by a Hollywood expat, Norman Foster. He followed it with a support part in Cinco fueron escogidos (1943).

Some American filmmakers shot a movie in Mexico about Yugoslavia in World War Two, Five Were Chosen (1944). Montalban had a support role.[15]

Foster gave him a second lead role in The Escape (1944) aka La Fuga. Montalban had the star part in Cadetes de la naval (1945), Nosotros (1945), and The Hour of Truth (1945), the latter a bullfighting drama also directed by Foster.[16]

Montalban was in The House of the Fox (1945), Pepita Jimenez (1946), and Fantasía ranchera (1947).


As Mario Morales in Fiesta
Montalbán dancing with Jane Powell in Two Weeks With Love (1950)

Montalban's films had been seen by MGM who were looking for someone to play a bullfighter opposite Esther Williams in Fiesta (1947), shot in Mexico. Montalban was cast and the movie was very popular; MGM signed him to a long term contract.[17][18]

The studio re-teamed him with Williams in On an Island with You (1948). He had a dance number in the Frank Sinatra musical The Kissing Bandit (1948), then did a third film with Williams, Neptune's Daughter (1949), in which they dueted on "Baby It's Cold Outside".[16]

Montalban's first leading role was in the film noir Border Incident (1949) with actor George Murphy, directed by Anthony Mann. It was one of a number of lower budgeted films made at the studio under Dore Schary and earned a small loss. Montalban was the first Hispanic actor to appear on the front cover of Life magazine on November 21, 1949. "I was king for a week," he said later. "I thought the offers would flood in, but after a week - nothing."[19]

Montalban was one of several soldiers in the William Wellman war film, Battleground (1949), a huge success at the box office. He was given another star part in Mystery Street (1950), playing a detective in a film noir directed by John Sturges. It was a box office disappointment.

Sturges also directed Right Cross (1950) with Montalban, Dick Powell and June Allyson. Montalban and Jane Powell made the musical Two Weeks with Love (1950), which was a minor hit.[17][20]

Universal borrowed Montalban and Cyd Charisse for a swashbuckler, The Mark of the Renegade (1951).[21] Back at MGM he was second billed to Clark Gable in Across the Wide Missouri (1951), directed by Wellman. The film was a big hit, although Montalban was injured during shooting.[16]

The studio teamed him and Shelley Winters in My Man and I (1952) where he played a laborer under the direction of Wellman; it was a big flop.

Montalban was one of several names in Sombrero (1953), shot in Mexico. Montalban was Lana Turner's leading man in Latin Lovers (1953). Both films lost money and MGM let him go.

He later said, "I played caricatures of what a Latin is supposed to be like. In reality, we are family men. I should have had the courage of Dolores Del Rio who returned to Mexico and made her best movies there."[22]

B Movies, television and Broadway

Montalban did a swashbuckler for Sam Katzman, The Saracen Blade (1954) then returned to Mexico to star in Untouched (1954).

He went to Italy to make The Queen of Babylon (1954) with Rhonda Fleming then returned to Mexico to make the US-financed A Life in the Balance (1955) with Anne Bancroft. He bought a story for himself Green Shadows but it appears to have not been made.[23]

Montalban began working in television, guest starring on shows like General Electric Theater , The Ford Television Theatre, Celebrity Playhouse, Climax!, The 20th Century-Fox Hour (versions of Broken Arrow and Five Fingers), Chevron Hall of Stars, Wagon Train, and Schlitz Playhouse.

In 1955 he appeared on Broadway in Seventh Heaven with Gloria De Haven but it only had a short run of 44 performances.

In Hollywood he did a thriller for Allied Artists, Three for Jamie Dawn (1956).

Montalban returned to Italy for Desert Warrior (1957) then had his first role in an "A" Hollywood film for a number of years in Sayonara (1957), where he played a Japanese dancer. He later said "I was and still am very pleased with my performance and very much saddened by this picture. I was hoping for an Academy Award nomination, but unfortunately most of my scenes ended up on the cutting-room floor." [15]

From 1957 to 1959, Montalban starred in the Broadway musical Jamaica, singing several light-hearted calypso numbers opposite Lena Horne which ran for 555 performances.[citation needed] His performance earned him a Tony nomination.[24]

Montalban continued to guest star on shows like Colgate Theatre, and Playhouse 90. When Jamaica ended he guest starred in Riverboat, Adventures in Paradise, Startime, Death Valley Days, Bonanza, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Christophers, The Chevy Show,The Loretta Young Show (several times), Zorro, The Untouchables, Checkmate, Cain's Hundred and The Lloyd Bridges Show.

Montalban could also be seen in Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960); the TV remake of Rashomon (1960) directed by Sidney Lumet; Rage of the Buccaneers (1961), an Italian swashbuckler in which Montalban had a lead role alongside Vincent Price; Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962); The Reluctant Saint (1963) with Maximillian Schell; and Love is a Ball (1963) with Glenn Ford, playing a French duke. He was the Native American leader Little Wolf in Cheyenne Autumn (1964) directed by John Ford, did the TV version of The Fantasticks (1964) and returned to Mexico to make ¡Buenas noches, año nuevo! (1964).[25]

However he was mostly seen in television: Alcoa Premiere, The Dick Powell Theatre, Ben Casey, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Lieutenant, The Great Adventure, Slattery's People, The Defenders,The Rogues, Burke's Law, Dr Kildare, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E..[26]

Montalban had support roles in The Money Trap (1965) with Ford, directed by Burt Kennedy; Madame X (1966) with Turner for producer Ross Hunter; and The Singing Nun (1966) with Debbie Reynolds at MGM.

He guest starred in The Long, Hot Summer, Daniel Boone, The Wild Wild West, Insight, Combat!', Mission: Impossible, I Spy, Hawaii Five-O (playing a Japanese) and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre.

In 1965 he toured in The King and I. ""I think every actor loves the stage," he said in 1991. "The pros are that it is the actor's medium; there's no way your scene is going to end up on the cutting room floor, and it's up to you to get and keep the attention of the audience by the truth of your performance." [27]

He did some TV movies Alice Through the Looking Glass (1966) (for which his fee was $10,000[19]) and Code Name: Heraclitus (1967), as well as the features The Longest Hundred Miles (1967), Sol Madrid (1968) and Blue (1968). He also guest starred on "Space Seed", an episode of Star Trek. "I'm like a doctor on 24 hour call," he said in a 1967 interview. "I don't turn anything down."[19]

Montalbán also starred in radio, such as on the internationally syndicated program "Lobo del Mar" (Seawolf), in which he was cast as the captain of a vessel which became part of some adventure at each port it visited. This 30-minute weekly show aired in many Spanish-speaking countries until the early 1970s.

TV movies

Montalban guest starred in The Felony Squad, Ironside, It Takes a Thief and The High Chaparral. He did TV movies The Pigeon (1969), The Desperate Mission (1969) (playing Joaquin Murrieta) and Black Water Gold (1970), and had a support part in the big screen film version of Sweet Charity (1969).[28]

Montalban was in The Name of the Game, Gunsmoke, Dan August, Bracken's World, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Virginian, The Doris Day Show, Sarge, and Nichol. He did the TV movies The Aquarians (1970), The Face of Fear (1971), and Fireball Forward (1972) and the features The Devil's Backbone (1971), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and The Train Robbers (1973) (directed by Kennedy).[29][30]

Montalban continued to guest star on shows like O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, Here's Lucy, and Griff.

In 1972, Montalbán co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee with actors Carmen Zapata, Henry Darrow and Edith Diaz. In 1973 he returned to Broadway for a revival of Don Juan in Hell .

He did the TV movies Wonder Woman (1974), The Mark of Zorro (1974) and McNaughton's Daughter (1976) and guest starred on Switch and Columbo.

In 1975, he was chosen as the television spokesman for the new Chrysler Cordoba. The car became a successful model, and over the following several years, was heavily advertised; his mellifluous delivery of a line praising the "soft” or “rich Corinthian leather" upholstery of the car's interior, often misquoted as "fine Corinthian leather,” became famous and was much parodied, and Montalbán subsequently became a favorite subject of impersonators. For example, Eugene Levy frequently impersonated him on SCTV. In 1986, he was featured in a magazine advertisement for the new Chrysler New Yorker.[31]

Montalban could be see in Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) and Joe Panther (1976) and had a regular role in a short lived series, Executive Suite (1976).

He guest starred on Police Story and did the TV movies Mission to Glory: A True Story (1977) and Captains Courageous (1977) as well as the mini series How the West Was Won (1978).

Fantasy Island and Star Trek II

Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke and Hervé Villechaize as Tattoo in a publicity still for the television movie Return to Fantasy Island

Montalbán's best-known television role was that of Mr. Roarke on the television series Fantasy Island, which he played from 1977 until 1984. For a while the series was one of the most popular on television, and his character as well as that of his sidekick, Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), became popular icons.

Another of his well-known roles was that of Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), in which he reprised a role that he had originated in the 1967 episode of Star Trek titled "Space Seed". Early rumors suggested Montalbán wore prosthetic muscles on his chest during filming of Star Trek II to appear more muscular. Director Nicholas Meyer replied that even in his sixties Montalbán, who had a vigorous training regimen, was "one strong cookie", and that his real chest was seen on film. Khan's costume was specifically designed to display Montalbán's physique. Critic Christopher Null called Khan the "greatest role of Montalbán's career".[32]

New Yorker critic Pauline Kael said Montalbán's performance as Khan "was the only validation he has ever had of his power to command the big screen".[33] Montalbán agreed to take the role for a significant pay cut, since by his own admission, he relished reprising the role, and his only regret was that he and William Shatner never interacted – the characters never meet face to face, except through video communication – as their scenes were filmed several months apart in order to accommodate Montalbán's schedule for Fantasy Island.[34] When Montalbán guest-starred in the Family Guy episode "McStroke" as a genetically engineered cow, his character made several references to his role as Khan, and similar references were made in his role as Guitierrez on the animated series Freakazoid. After a cameo in Cannonball Run II (1984), Montalban had a guest part in Dynasty which led to a regular role its spin off The Colbys.

Montalban was the villain in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) and guest starred in B.L. Stryker, Murder, She Wrote, Hearts Are Wild, and The Golden Palace.


During the filming of the film Across the Wide Missouri (1951), Montalbán was thrown from his horse, knocked unconscious, and trampled by another horse, which aggravated his arteriovenous malformation[10] and resulted in a traumatic back injury that never healed. The pain increased as he aged, and in 1993, he underwent over nine hours of spinal surgery that left him paralyzed below the waist and requiring the use of a wheelchair.[35]

Despite constant pain, he continued to perform, providing voices for animated films and supporting his Nosotros foundation. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez created a role in his Spy Kids film series specifically for Montalbán, which included the use of a jet-propelled wheelchair.[36][37][38]

He had another regular series with Heaven Help Us (1994) but it only lasted 14 episodes.

In 1997 Montalban sued the producers of Fantasy Island claiming he was entitled to five percent of the profits. The producers claimed the show had lost $11 million. The matter settled out of court.[39]

Montalbán also narrated several historical documentaries including the Spanish version of the National Park Service's history of Pecos Pueblo for Pecos National Historical Park.

Montalban had a supporting role in two big hits Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003).

Prior to his death in January 2009, Montalbán recorded the voice for a guest character in an episode of the animated series American Dad!, in which main character Roger becomes the dictator of a South American country. According to executive producer Mike Barker, it was his last role.[40]

Nosotros Foundation and Montalbán Theatre

The way he was asked to portray Mexicans disturbed him, so Montalbán, along with Richard Hernandez, Val de Vargas, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Carlos Rivas, Tony de Marco and Henry Darrow[41] established the Nosotros ("We") Foundation in 1970 to advocate for Latinos in the movie and television industry.[42] He served as its first president and was quoted as saying: "I received tremendous support, but there also were some negative repercussions. I was accused of being a militant, and as a result I lost jobs."[14] Ironically, he and the Nosotros Foundation were instrumental in taking roles away from Nico Minardos, a Greek-American actor who in the 1970s often played Latino roles because of his appearance and accent. Minardos similarly became outspoken and, according to his agent and others, it cost him a recurring role as a Mexican mayor in an episode of Alias Smith and Jones.[43]

The foundation created the Golden Eagle Awards, an annual awards show that highlights Latino actors. The awards are presented in conjunction with the Nosotros American Latino Film Festival (NALFF), held at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood.[41]

Ricardo Montalbán Hollywood Walk of Fame Star shortly after his death

The Nosotros Foundation and the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation agreed to purchase the Doolittle Theatre in 1999 from UCLA.[44] The theater had been owned by Howard Hughes in the early 1930s then later renamed the Huntington Hartford Theater when purchased in 1954 by philanthropist Huntington Hartford,[45] then later the Doolittle Theater. The process from agreement to opening took over four years. The facility in Hollywood was officially renamed the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in a May 11, 2004 ceremony. The event was attended by numerous celebrities, including Ed Begley Jr., representing the Screen Actors Guild (SAG); Valerie Harper, Loni Anderson, Hector Elizondo and Robert Goulet.[46]

When Montalbán rolled onto the stage in his wheelchair, he repeated "the five stages of the actor" (originally coined by Jack Elam) that he famously stated in several interviews and public speeches:

  • Who is Ricardo Montalbán?
  • Get me Ricardo Montalbán.
  • Get me a Ricardo Montalbán type.
  • Get me a young Ricardo Montalbán.
  • Who is Ricardo Montalbán?

He then jokingly added two more stages:

  • "Wait a minute—isn't that What's-his-name?", referring to his role in the Spy Kids movies
  • "Who the hell is that?", believing that to be the reaction of people seeing his name on the theater marquee.[47] Contrary to his assertions, a young generation is somewhat familiar with him through his voice as Señor Senior, Sr., in five Kim Possible television episodes from 2002–2007 and as the grandfather in the movies Spy Kids 2 and Spy Kids 3.

Montalbán spoke about the goal of the Nosotros organization:[46]

Mexico is my mother; the United States the best friend I will ever have. And so I dream of the day when my mother will say, 'Ricardo, you have chosen a wonderful friend.' And the day when the friend will say, 'Ricardo, you have a sensational mother.' That is why it is very important to bring us together. Brothers and sisters, love thy neighbor as thyself. And this theatre, I think, can be a little grain of sand towards that end. Here we have opened the doors not only for the opportunity of young talent to develop—writers, directors, actors—but also in coming together as a group in this society in which we live. Let's open a hand of friendship and love and brotherhood. That is my dream. I'll never see it complete while I'm still alive, but I think this is the beginning, and that is what makes me so happy to see this come to fruition.

Personal life

Montalbán with his longtime wife Georgiana Young, c. 1950

Montalbán married actress and model Georgiana Young (born Georgiana Paula Belzer; September 30, 1923 – November 13, 2007) in 1944. Georgiana was the half-sister of actresses Sally Blane, Polly Ann Young and Loretta Young. After 63 years of marriage, Young died from undisclosed causes on November 13, 2007. She was 84 years old. Her death preceded Montalbán's by one year and two months. They had four children together: Laura, Mark, Anita and Victor.[6][48]

Montalbán was a practicing Roman Catholic, once claiming that his religion was the most important thing in his life.[49] He was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.[50] In 1998, Pope John Paul II made him a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (KSG),[51] the highest honor a Roman Catholic lay person can receive from the Church.[9] In 1986, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, he recorded a public service announcement celebrating America's generosity and hospitality to him as a foreign-born actor.[52]

His autobiography, Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds, was published in January 1980 by Doubleday.[53]

For many years, he followed a strict diet and physical training regime, giving him an enviable physique. After the release of The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer was quick to quell any rumours of Montalbán using prosthetics during filming.[54]

On January 14, 2009, Montalbán died at his home in Los Angeles at age 88. According to his son-in-law, Gilbert Smith, he died of "complications from advancing age". The precise cause of death was later revealed to be congestive heart failure.[55][56] He is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

In the 2018 film My Dinner with Hervé, Montalbán was played by Andy García.



Year Title Role Notes
1941 Soundies Chorus Member / Crowd Extra Musical Shorts
1942 The Three Musketeers Uncredited
1942 El verdugo de Sevilla Jacobito Uncredited
1942 The Saint Who Forged a Country Soldado Uncredited
1943 La razón de la culpa Anunciador en barco Uncredited
1943 Santa Jarameño
1943 Cinco fueron escogidos Stefan
1943 Five Were Chosen
1944 The Escape Teniente
1945 Cadetes de la Naval Cadet Ricardo Almagro
1945 Nosotros Armando Suárez
1945 La hora de la verdad Rafael Meija
1945 La casa de la zorra Alberto Salcedo
1946 Pepita Jiménez Luis Vargas
1947 Fantasía ranchera
1947 Fiesta Mario Morales
1948 On an Island with You Ricardo Montez
1948 The Kissing Bandit Fiesta Specialty Dancer
1949 Neptune's Daughter José O'Rourke
1949 Border Incident Pablo Rodriguez
1949 Battleground Rodriguez
1950 Mystery Street Lieutenant Peter Morales
1950 Right Cross Johnny Monterez
1950 Two Weeks With Love Demi Armendez
1951 The Mark of the Renegade Marcos Zappa
1951 Across the Wide Missouri Ironshirt
1952 My Man and I Chu Chu Ramirez
1953 Sombrero Pepe Gonzales
1953 Latin Lovers Roberto Santos
1954 The Saracen Blade Pietro Donati
1954 Sombra verde Federico Gascón
1954 Queen of Babylon Amal
1955 A Life in the Balance Antonio Gómez
1956 Three for Jamie Dawn George Lorenz
1957 Desert Warrior Prince Said
1957 Sayonara Nakamura
1960 Let No Man Write My Epitaph Louie Ramponi
1961 Rage of the Buccaneers Captain Gordon
1962 Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man Major Padula
1962 The Reluctant Saint Father Raspi
1963 Love Is a Ball Duke Gaspard Ducluzeau
1964 Cheyenne Autumn Little Wolf
1964 The Fantasticks El Gallo TV movie
1964 ¡Buenas noches, año nuevo! Fernando
1965 The Money Trap Pete Delanos
1966 Madame X Phil Benton
1966 The Singing Nun Father Clementi
1967 The Longest Hundred Miles Father Sanchez
1968 Sol Madrid Jalisco
1968 Blue Ortega
1969 Sweet Charity Vittorio Vitale
1969 Desperate Mission Joaquin Murrieta TV movie
1971 The Face of Fear Sgt. Frank Ortega TV movie
1971 The Deserter Natachai
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes Armando
1972 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Armando
1973 The Train Robbers The Pinkerton Man
1974 The Mark of Zorro Captain Esteban TV movie
1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Silent Film Star
1976 Joe Panther Turtle George
1977 Mission to Glory: A True Story Gen. Lafuente
1977 Captains Courageous Manuel TV movie
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Khan Noonien Singh
1984 Cannonball Run II King
1988 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Vincent Ludwig
2002 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Grandpa Valentin Avellan
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Grandpa Valentin Avellan
2006 The Ant Bully The Head of Council Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1956 General Electric Theater Esteban 1 episode
1957 Wagon Train Jean LeBec 1 episode
1958 Frances Farmer Presents Tio 1 episode
1959 Adventures in Paradise Henri Privaux 1 episode
1959 Riverboat Lt. Andre B. Devereaux Episode: "A Night at Trapper's Landing"
1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Tony "Pepe" Lorca Episode: "Outlaw in Town"
1960 Death Valley Days Joaquin Murietta 1 episode
1960 Bonanza Matsou 1 episode
1961 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Karl Steiner 1 episode
1961 Hamlet Claudius[57] Television film
1961 The Untouchables Frank Makouris Episode: "Stranglehold"
1962 Cain's Hundred Vincent Pavanne 1 episode
1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show Navarro Episode: "War Song"
1962 The Virginian Enrique Cuellar Episode: "The Big Deal"
1963 Ben Casey Henry Davis 1 episode
1964 The Lieutenant Pfc. John Reading 1 episode
1964 The Defenders "Spanish John" Espejo 1 episode
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Satine Episode: "The Dove Affair"
1966 The Wild Wild West Colonel Noel Bartley Vautrain Episode: "The Night of the Lord of Limbo"
1966 Dr. Kildare Damon West 4 episodes
1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Delgado Episode: "The King of Diamonds Affair"
1966 Daniel Boone Count Alfonso De Borba Episode: "The Symbol"
1966 I Spy General Vera Episode: "Magic Mirror"
1967 Star Trek Khan Noonien Singh Episode: "Space Seed"
1967 Mission: Impossible Gerard Sefra Episode: "Snowball in Hell"
1967 Combat! Barbu 1 episode
1968 Ironside Sgt. Al Cervantes 1 episode
1968 The High Chaparral El Tigre Episode: "Tiger by the Tail"
1968 It Takes a Thief Nick Grobbo 2 episodes
1968 The Virginian Louis Boissevain Episode: "The Wind of Outrage"
1968 Hawaii Five-O Tokura Episode: "Samurai"
1968 The High Chaparral Padre Sanchez Episode: "Our Lady of Guadalupe"
1970 Gunsmoke Chato 1 episode
1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. Rick Rivera 1 episode
1972 Here's Lucy Prince Phillip Gregory Hennepin of Montalbania 1 episode
1972 Hawaii Five-O Alex Pareno Episode: "Death Wish on Tantalus Mountain"
1973 Griff Episode: "Countdown to Terror"
1973 Death Follows the Psycho[58] Human Time Bomb
1974 Wonder Woman Abner Smith Pilot
1975 Switch Jean-Paul 1 episode
1976 Columbo Luis Montoya Episode: "A Matter of Honor"
1976-1977 Executive Suite David Valerio 8 episodes
1977 Police Story Major Sergio Flores 1 episode
1978 How the West Was Won Satangkai 4 episodes
1978–1984 Fantasy Island Mr. Roarke 124 episodes
1985–1987 The Colbys Zachary "Zach" Powers 48 episodes
1986 Dynasty Zachary "Zach" Powers 2 episodes
1990 B.L. Stryker Victor Costanza 1 episode
1990 Murder, She Wrote Vaacclav Maryska 1 episode
1991 Dream On Alejandro Goldman 1 episode
1993 The Golden Palace Lawrence Gentry 1 episode
1994 Heaven Help Us Mr. Shepherd 13 episodes
1995–1996 Freakazoid! Armando Gutierrez Voice
4 episodes
1997 Chicago Hope Colonel Martin Nieves 1 episode
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Manuel Kaire 1 episode
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Vartkes 1 episode
2001 Titans Mr. Sanchez 1 episode
2002 Dora the Explorer El Encantador Episode: "The Missing Piece"
2002–2007 Kim Possible Señor Senior Sr. 5 episodes
2008 Family Guy The Cow Voice
Episode: "McStroke"
2009 American Dad! General Juanito Pequeño Voice
Episode: "Moon Over Isla Island", (final appearance)


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