Star Trek actors Then and Now

Where are your favorite Star Trek cast members today?

#16 Ricardo Montalbán

Star Trek actors Then and Now 12
Credit: (Right Photo) ABC Television / The Fantasy Island

Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Original Series

Character name: Khan Noonien Singh

Date deceased: January 14th, 2009 (aged 88)

Montalbán first appeared as Khan in The Original Series in 1967. He reprised the role 15 years later in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. A notorious enemy of James T. Kirk, Khan was an extremely intelligent and dangerous superhuman who is the most prominent of the genetically-engineered Human Augments of the late-20th century Eugenics Wars period on Earth.

Prior to joining the Star Trek cast, Montalbán was best known for his portrayal of Armando in two of the installments of original Planet of the Apes film series. After his initial Star Trek appearance, the Mexican actor played the role of Satangkai in the ABC How the West Was Won, which earned him an Emmy Award in 1978. Montalbán also portrayed Mr. Roarke on ABC’s Fantasy Island for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984.

In January 2009, Montalbán died of complications from advancing age at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88.