Paolo Montalbán

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Paolo Montalban (born May 21, 1973) is a Filipino-American actor and singer best known for his performance in the 1997 Disney television film, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella as Prince Christopher, opposite Brandy as Cinderella.[1] He reprised that role in a stage version of the musical (see Cinderella) with Deborah Gibson and then Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Early life[edit]

Montalban was born in Manila, Philippines to Paul and Vivian Montalban. He is a younger brother of Gloria Montalban-Hamm. (He has no relation to Ricardo Montalbán). His family emigrated to the United States when he was one year old and lived in a studio apartment in Manhattan's West Side across the street from The Juilliard School and Lincoln Center. He is a notable alumnus of St. Peter's Preparatory School and holds a degree in pre-med Psychology from Rutgers University.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1997, Montalban starred in Cinderella as Prince Christopher alongside Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg and Brandy. He also notably played Kung Lao in the syndicated series Mortal Kombat: Konquest along with Daniel Bernhardt and Kristanna Loken.[3]

Montalban was also cast in John Dahl's The Great Raid as Sgt. Valera, and the indie flick American Adobo, as Raul.[3] He had smaller roles in Just Wright starring Queen Latifah, The Adjustment Bureau and the short film Two Weeks.

Montalban was named one of People Magazine`s 50 Most Beautiful People of 1998.[4]

He has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, The King and I and Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring Emilia Clarke. Off-Broadway he was in Two Gentlemen of Verona at Shakespeare in the Park, The Romance of Magno Rubio at Ma Yi Theater Company, among others.[5] He also guest starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Season 8, Episode 20: "Annihilated") and One Life to Live.

He holds the distinction of doing many productions of The King and I on Broadway and around the country where he has played both Lun Tha, the young lover and the title role of the King.

As a singer, Montalban released a self-titled album in the Philippines on the Vicor Music label in 2003.[6] Tracks include:

Track Song Title
1 "Closer Upon the Hour"
2 "Kung Di Tayo, Paano Na"
3 "Pure Imagination"
4 "She"
5 "Next to Me"
6 "Kung Alam Mo Lang"
7 "Ikaw"
8 "Your One and Only Man"
9 "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful / I Have Dreamed"
10 "One"
11 "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me / Only You"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paolo Montalban: Actor". People.com. May 11, 1998. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "U.S. BENEFITS URGED FOR FILIPINO VETS... A FRENCHMAN ANSWERS FOR WW2 CRIMES... DEBATE CONTINUES ON QUEBEC INDEPENDENCE...", New York Daily News, October 5, 1997. Accessed June 8, 2008. "Filipino-American Paolo Montalban of New Jersey will play the prince in a new television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. The musical airs Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. on ABC. Montalban has been interested in musical theater since his high school days at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, where he starred in Oliver."
  3. ^ a b "Paolo Montalban". The Internet Movie Database. IMDb. 
  4. ^ "Paolo Mantalban". The Kennedy Center. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Paolo Montalban Theatre Credits". Broadway World. 
  6. ^ "Paolo Montalban - Paolo Montalban". Titik Pilipino. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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