The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Ricardo Montalban Dead at 88



During his entry into Hollywood Ricardo Montalban lost a part playing a Mexican to John Garfield (in Tortilla Flat), but he never lost his regal bearing, even when hawking coffee and Chryslers. Best known for his work on Fantasy Island and Star Trek, his early career in films was marked by highlights like a turn as an Argentinian polo player in the Esther Williams musical Neptune's Daughter and the fine film noirs Border Incident, directed by Anthony Mann, and John Sturges' Mystery Street, where he played 1950's version of the kind of forensic detective that's currently tromping all over the airwaves.

You can read an obituary here.

5 comments :

Mr DeBakey said...

A Bad day for ex-Islanders

estiv said...

KHA-A-A-A-A-A-AN!

Peter Nellhaus said...

He gave us "rich Corinthian leather".

Flynn D said...

Just saw him yesterday ( Jan 14 ) on TCM in the 1950 release Right Cross ( in which I was surprised to see a very short and uncredited performance by Marilyn Monroe ). I've seen many boxing films where the leads ranged from barely adequate to not too bad in their boxing portrayals but Montalban acquitted himself believably as the champion pugilist.

His combination of charm, understated dignity and lithe grace will be missed.

Flickhead said...

He tasks me...