Sigh… I guess 2008 wasn’t a bad enough year for celebrity deaths, so the Grim Reaper is sharpening his scythe already. Today we lost Patrick McGoohan and then not long after came the news that the always suave Ricardo Montalban has passed away at the age of 88.

He was probably most well known for playing Khan in one of the most beloved movies in the Trek franchise – Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and for his role in the TV series Fantasy Island. Of course he’s been around for far longer than when those were made. He has appeared in over 160 TV movies and TV shows – for his full history visit his page on IMDB.com.

Harry Knowles over at AintItCool is wonderful at writing about the passing of actors and I would refer you to his site for a great reminiscence and tribute.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Montalban’s family.

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