Ricardo Montalban Dies

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Ricardo Montalban became famous for the MGM musicals he played in and than when he played Mr. Roarke in the television show “Fantasy Island”. He died this week in his home at the age of 88. His death was announced during the city council meeting by President Eric Garcetti. The cause of death is not known.

“The Ricardo Montalban Theatre in my Council District – where the next generations of performers participate in plays, musicals, and concerts – stands as a fitting tribute to this consummate performer,” Garcetti said later in a written statement.

Montalban first performed in Mexican movies where he was born before MGM brought him to Hollywood in 1946. It was than that he was cast opposite Esther Williams in “Fiesta”. He also starred with her in “On an Island with You” and “Neptune’s Daughter.”

But most people knew him as the lovable and mysterious Mr. Roarke. In this show he granted wishes to people who visited the island resort that he ran. In a 1978 interview, he analyzed the success of the television series. “What is appealing is the idea of attaining the unattainable and learning from it. Once you obtain a fantasy it becomes a reality, and that reality is not as exciting as your fantasy. Through the fantasies you learn to appreciate your own realities.”