Today we lost yet another famous Star Trek actor. Ricardo Montalban passed away in Los Angeles at age 88. Montalban is most famous in the non-Star Trek world for his multi-year stint as Mr. Roark, the host of Fantasy Island. To us Trekkies, however, he will always be Khan Noonian Singh, the genetically-engineered superman seen first the Star Trek TV episode “Space Seed” and reprised in Star Trek II: The Wrath of (who else?) Khan.
He had disappeared from the screen for the past many years, save for some voice-overs for animated roles. Sadly, Montalban had been wheelchair-bound for many years following back surgery in the early 1990’s.
Montalban also founded Nosotros, which attempted to fairly represent Latinos in the media.
He will be missed. But perhaps one of his last lines from “The Wrath of Khan” is appropriate: “No. . .the game’s not over.”