Ricardo Montalban, the prolific Mexican actor whose career spanned 5 decades of film and television, passed away today, January 14, 2009. He was 88. An MGM fixture in the late 40s, the handsome young Montalban first came to public attention in a series of Esther Williams films, Neptune’s Daughter being the most notable, and he appeared opposite contemporary luminaries such as Lana Turner, Cyd Charisse and Jane Powell. Montalban proved there was more to him than just a handsome face by stretching his acting chops in some truly great classics, Joshua Logan’s Sayonara and William Wellman’s excellent Battleground among them. And in the early 80s, Montalban entered into Science-Fiction immortality with his role in the Star Trekkie favorite The Wrath of Kahn. Television welcomed Montalban (and that purring, sexy accent of his) through the 60s, 70s and 80s and he will perhaps be best remembered for his famous role as the mysteriously debonair, white-suited Mr. Roarke of ABC’s popular Fantasy Island.