Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalban

Ricardo Montalban, the suave, gentlemanly host of "Fantasy Island," died today. I remember him well from watching the show as a kid, but I did not know that he was an activist on behalf of the rights of Latino actors:

"In 1970, Montalban organized fellow Latino actors into an organization called Nosotros (“We”), and he became the first president. Their aim: to improve the image of Spanish-speaking Americans on the screen; to assure that Latin-American actors were not discriminated against; to stimulate Latino actors to study their profession.

Montalban commented in a 1970 interview:

“The Spanish-speaking American boy sees Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid wipe out a regiment of Bolivian soldiers. He sees ‘The Wild Bunch’ annihilate the Mexican army. It’s only natural for him to say, ‘Gee, I wish I were an Anglo.”’"

Source AP (

Obituary from the LA Times,0,3732229.story