by saying “I have his autograph”, everytime Ricardo Montalban came on the TV. And back in the 70s? That was a LOT.
Ricardo Montalban is one of those rare awesome figures that did memorable roles across a long career. I think of him as Khan and Mr Rourke and Genuine Corinthian Leather, but my niece was like “Oh, the guy from Spy Kids!”
TMZ was on tv the other day before I could avert my eyes, and one of their droids had spoken with Bob Newhart, “the guy from Elf.” Really? Even the smarmy TMZ dude was taken aback…”Wait…The Bob Newhart Show? Or Newhart, where he ran that lodge?” (Not to mention that “Button Down Mind” album, which he didn’t. but anyway.) Nope, Papa Elf.
But yeah, Montalban was a classy guy by all accounts. RIP.