A Montalbán Hanukkah

Yesterday’s Rhymes With Orange, with a POP (phrasal overlap portmanteau):


That’s The Wrath of Khan + Hanukkah. (Hilary Price is fond of POPs.) Hanukkah began at sunset yesterday — note the one candle already lit in  the menorah — and will continue for eight days, one day for each of the eight branches of the menorah. The admonitory figure in the cartoon is the villainous Khan from Star Trek, as played by Ricardo Montalbán. By order of Khan, Spock and Kirk will get no Hanukkah gelt or other desirable presents, just socks. Oy

From Daniel MacKay on Facebook, “Happy Hanukkah from Canada”, with a wonderful moose menorah:


On to Khan. From Wikipedia:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a 1982 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the second film based on Star Trek, and is a sequel to Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). The plot features Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the starship USS Enterprise facing off against the genetically-engineered tyrant Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalbán), a character who first appeared in the 1967 Star Trek television series episode “Space Seed”.

RM as Khan, displaying his powerful pectorals:


Here’s a much younger RM, also displaying his body:


From Wikipedia on the actor:

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, (… November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009), was a Mexican actor. His career spanned seven decades, during which he became known for many different roles. During the 1970s, he was a spokesman in automobile advertisements for Chrysler, including those in which he extolled the “soft Corinthian leather” used for the Cordoba’s interior.

As the character in this commercial, RM was widely parodied.

From 1977 to 1984, Montalbán played Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island.

… Many of his early roles were in Westerns in which he played character parts, usually as an “Indian” or as a “Latin Lover”, but he was cast against type in the film Mystery Street (1950), playing a Cape Cod police officer. From 1957 to 1959, he starred in the Broadway musical Jamaica, singing several light-hearted calypso numbers opposite Lena Horne.

During the 1950s and 1960s, he was one of only a handful of actively working Hispanic actors in Hollywood, although he portrayed several ethnicities – occasionally of Japanese background, as in with the character of Nakamura in the film Sayonara (1957), and as Tokura in the Hawaii Five-O episode “Samurai” (1968). In the 1963 comedy Love Is a Ball, he played a naive, penniless French duke being groomed as a potential husband for a rich American woman.

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