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A day of loss

Two of my favorite actors - Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban - have departed this sphere for the next station along the way.

I have always loved the work - and philosophies - of Patrick McGoohan. I loved "The Prisoner" when I was young, and was thrilled that the series is now available online in preparation for a remake.

I knew Ricardo Montalban as a teenager, as my father acted with him. I recall having lunch with some family of his down by Monticello, Utah, while he was filming "Blue", a much-maligned but very worthwhile Western. When you're 16, and can spend a day out in the desert hunting potshards and arrowheads with the likes of Montalban and Jimmy Westerfield, that's a day you never forget. He was most gracious.


Joe DeSantis (Carlos) and Ricardo Montalban (Ortega) in "Blue"

May both of these fine actors rest in peace, secure in the knowledge that their careers have left the world better than it was when they entered it - and may their families be blessed with comfort during their time of loss.


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carlfoxmarten
Jan. 15th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
Makes me wonder just when Wayne and Schuster did their "Mark of Zero" sketch.

There was a tribute to a Ricardo Montalban in it, where Wayne (dressed as Don Deigo) announced to all the guests that the party was for a very special occasion, namely Ricardo Montalban's birthday.
(which was right before he put his arm into a clay jar and pulled out a pickle, announcing "The new dills are out!")

Man, how I wish the CBC would put all their shows out on DVD...
alaskawolf
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
they will be missed :(
deckardcanine
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
The headline summarized the latter as a "Fantasy Island" actor. I kinda figured he's better known as Khaaaaan.
r_caton
Jan. 16th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Amen

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