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Ricardo Montalban Dead at 88

Actor Ricardo Montalban has died at the age of 88. Born in Mexico, he was already a movie star when he moved to Hollywood to work for MGM in 1946.

Montalban made his U.S. film debut in "Fiesta" opposite Esther Williams. He was also teamed up with the actress in "Neptune's Daughter" and "On an Island with You."

The actor brought his talents to television, starring on Fantasy Island as Mr. Rourke from 1978-1984. This character was in charge of a resort located on a tropical island where visitors were able to fulfill the fantasies of their choice. The show is still being broadcast in reruns.

When asked about the reason for the series' popularity in 1978, Montalban had this to say: "What is appealing is the idea of attaining the unattainable and learning from it. Once you obtain a fantasy it becomes a reality, and that reality is not as exciting as your fantasy. Through the fantasies you learn to appreciate your own realities."

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