Carlos Montalbán

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Carlos Montalbán
Born(1903-06-05)June 5, 1903
DiedMarch 28, 1991(1991-03-28) (aged 87)
Cause of deathCardiovascular disease
Years active1932–1971
Mary Montalbán (m. 1930)
RelativesRicardo Montalbán (brother)

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 without the profile of his younger brother, he featured 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 best remembered 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 of cardiovascular disease. He was survived by his wife Mary of 61 years, his brother Ricardo, and his sister.[citation needed]



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