Carlos Montalbán

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Carlos Montalbán
Born (1903-06-05)June 5, 1903
Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Died March 28, 1991(1991-03-28) (aged 87)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1932–1971
Spouse(s) Mary Montalbán (1930-1991) (his death)
Relatives Ricardo Montalban

Carlos Montalbán (June 5, 1903 – March 28, 1991) was a Mexican character actor.

Early life[edit]

Montalbán was born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, the son of Ricarda (née Merino) and Jenaro Montalbán, a store manager.[1] His parents were Spanish.


He was the older brother of actor Ricardo Montalbán. Although not as famous as his younger brother, he is notable for having starred as "El Exigente" in a series of coffee advertisements for Savarin Coffee in the 1960s and 1970s, and for portraying two different characters named "Vargas", the first time in the Jack Lemmon film The Out-of-Towners (1970) and then again in Woody Allen's Bananas (1971). His most famous American film was the boxing drama The Harder They Fall (1956) in which he played the sympathetic manager of a heavyweight contender.

Montalbán was also a renowned voice-over actor and announcer; he was best known as the official Spanish language voice for Marlboro cigarettes worldwide.


Montalbán died on March 28, 1991 In his Manhattan home in New York City. His cause of death was revealed to be Cardiovascular Disease he was survived by his wife Mary of 61 years, and sister.[citation needed]



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