To The Community:
I am writing to you on behalf of the Ricardo Montalban Foundation. Mr. Montalban passed away in 2009, and we believe it is time to celebrate his extraordinary life and legendary career as an actor and an
activist with a USPS postage stamp.
Mr. Montalban was America’s first Latino movie star and was celebrated internationally for his iconic roles as “Khan” in “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” and “Mr. Roarke” in the television series “Fantasy Island.” Those are just two of the hundreds of characters he played over his 70-year career. And of course his suave voice will forever be associated with the phrase “Corinthian leather” from his commercials for the Chrysler Cordoba.
Over and beyond his screen career, Mr. Montalban was a visionary who was the first Hollywood personage to advocate for better opportunities for Latinos, both in front of and behind the camera. In 1970 he founded Nosotros, a non-profit which provides to young Latinos training in acting, writing,
directing, and stagecraft, as well as opportunities to meet potential mentors and employers in the entertainment industry.
He believed that working on the live stage was the best preparation for a career in the performing arts, and in 1999 his foundation acquired a prestigious legitimate stage theatre in Hollywood which now bears his name.
The Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee has established guidelines for approving a commemorative stamp.
The first step is for us to submit a presentation. A letter from you supporting our efforts would be quite valuable to us.
Please visit, Ricardo Montalbán Forever, our Facebook Fan Page . Like, Comment and Share the page with all of your friends. This is a great way to bring our community together with a healthy unified voice to win approval from the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee and celebrate a great actor and humanitarian.
Chair – Ricardo Montalbán Foundation