But Montalban was best known as the faintly mysterious, white-suited Mr. Roarke, who presided over a tropical island resort where visitors were able to fulfill their lifelong dreams — usually at the unexpected expense of a difficult life lesson. Following a floatplane landing and lei ceremony, he greeted each guest with the line: "I am Mr. Roarke, your host. Welcome to Fantasy Island."
The show ran from 1978 to 1984.
More recently, he appeared as villains in two hits of the 1980s: "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" and the farcical "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad."
Only Ricardo Montalban could have a conversation with a character known as "Mr. Papsmear" and make you believe it was perfectly normal!
Here is a gag picture. While on the set of Star Trek 2, the special effects crew made him a miniature "Tattoo" robot with his co-stars (Hervé Villechaize) face!