RICARDO MONTALBAN DIES AT THE AGE OF 88!

FANTASY ISLAND WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITES!

He was often cast — and stereotyped — as a Latin lover and later was best known as Mr. Roarke of ‘Fantasy Island.’ He was respected for his work to improve the roles and image of other Latino actors

Ricardo Montalban, the suave leading man who was one of the first Mexican-born actors to make it big in Hollywood and who was best known for his role as Mr. Roarke on TV’s “Fantasy Island,” has died. He was 88.

Montalban died Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home of complications related to old age, said his son-in-law, Gilbert Smith.

Within the entertainment industry, Montalban was widely respected for his efforts to create opportunities for Latinos, although he and others believed that his activism hurt his career. In 1970, he founded the nonprofit Nosotros Foundation to improve the image and increase employment of Latinos in Hollywood.