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Quotes of the day: Ricardo Montalbán

Published Monday, November 25, 2013 @ 5:22 AM EST
Nov 25 2013

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, KSG (November 25, 1920 - January 14, 2009) was a Mexican radio, television, theatre, and film actor. He had a career spanning seven decades, and was known for many different roles. During the mid-1970s, Montalbán was a spokesman in automobile advertisements for Chrysler, including those in which he extolled the "soft Corinthian leather" used for the Cordoba's interior. From 1977 to 1984 he played Mr. Roarke, the host character in the television series Fantasy Island. He played Khan Noonien Singh in the 1967 episode "Space Seed" of the original Star Trek series, and the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He won an Emmy Award in 1978 for his role in the miniseries How the West Was Won and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993. In his 80s, he provided voices for animated films and commercials, and appeared in the Spy Kids films as "Grandfather Valentin". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)



A child without discipline is, in a way, a lost child. You cannot have freedom without discipline.

Ask not what the role can do for you; ask what you can do for the role.

Because we should always respect other nationalities, I have always tried to play them with dignity.

If you shake your fist, the other guy will shake his too. But if you extend your hand to shake their hand, then they will extend theirs also, and you've made a friend.

Politics is too partisan, and sometimes patriotism is cast aside. Patriotism is honor and love of your country and your brothers and sisters. With politics I get the impression that it's all about what's good for the party and not necessarily what's good for the country.

Standing on soil feels so much different than standing on city pavement; it lets you look inward and reflect and see who you really are, while you see a beautiful, unspoiled land as far as the eye can see. It allows your inner life to grow.

True love doesn't happen right away; it's an ever-growing process. It develops after you've gone through many ups and downs, when you've suffered together, cried together, laughed together.

We have seen immorality and violence revealed in the media that in my day would have ended the career of the actor. Unfortunately today, that kind of publicity can make the actor more colorful and bankable.

You see the color; you're not blind, but it doesn't matter. You see the human being first.

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