Ricardo Montalbán: 1920-2009

Ricardo Montalban as Kahn in Star Trek

The year is not starting out too well for Star Trek Alumni. Majel Barrett-Roddenberry died a few weeks ago, and Ricardo Montalbán passed away just yesterday. He was 88 years old.

Even though Ricardo stared in one of my other favorite childhood shows, Fantasy Island, I’ll always think of him as Khan Noonien Singh, the genetically engineered super-villian from Star Trek.

Rest in peace, Ricardo.

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry: 1932-2008

Majel Barrett Roddenberry as Number One, Nurse Christine Chapel, and Lwaxana Troi, on Star Trek

I just found out that Majel Barrett-Roddenberry died a few weeks ago due to complications from leukemia. That’s so sad.

If you’re unfamiliar with who she is, you’re obviously not a Trekkie. In addition to being the wife of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, she also played 4 roles on the various Star Trek TV shows… “Number One” from the Pilot episode, Nurse Christine Chapel from the original series, Lwaxana Troi from TNG and DS9, and the voice of the Enterprise computer on all the shows (and movies).

Although she’s gone, we will be hearing her on one more Star Trek. She recently finished laying down the audio track for the new Star Trek movie due out in May, 2009.

Rest in peace, Majel.