Paolo Montalban and Ricardo Montalban are two actors who have made a mark in the entertainment industry with their roles in films, TV shows and musicals. But are they related by blood or just by name? This article will explore the truth behind their connection and debunk some common myths.
Who is Paolo Montalban?
Paolo Montalban is a Filipino-American actor and singer who was born in Manila, Philippines on May 21, 1973. He moved to the US with his family when he was a year old and grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in pre-med psychology.
Paolo Montalban is best known for his role as Prince Christopher in the 1997 Disney television film, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, opposite Brandy as Cinderella. He reprised that role in a stage version of the musical with Deborah Gibson and then Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Cinderella and Eartha Kitt as the Fairy Godmother.
He also played Kung Lao in the syndicated series Mortal Kombat: Conquest, Sgt. Valera in The Great Raid, Raul in American Adobo, and guest starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and One Life to Live. He has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, The King and I and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, among others.
He was named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People of 1998. He is currently starring as Captain Von Trapp in the Dallas Theater Center production of The Sound of Music and as Florenz Ziegfeld in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl. He is also set to reunite with Brandy in the Disney+ movie Descendants: The Rise of Red.
Who is Ricardo Montalban?
Ricardo Montalban was a Mexican film and TV actor who was born in Mexico City, Mexico on November 25, 1920. He was the youngest of four children of Spanish immigrants. He moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was 15 and started his acting career in Mexican cinema.
Ricardo Montalban was famous for his roles as Mr. Roarke in Fantasy Island, Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Armando in Planet of the Apes, Vincent Ludwig in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, and Zachary Powers in The Colbys.
He also starred in films such as Fiesta, Neptune’s Daughter, Sayonara, The Singing Nun, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. He won an Emmy Award for his performance in How the West Was Won and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.
He was married to Georgiana Young for 63 years until her death in 2007. They had four children: Laura, Anita, Victor and Mark. He died on January 14, 2009 at the age of 88 from complications of a spinal cord injury.
Despite their similar last names and Filipino heritage, Paolo Montalban and Ricardo Montalban are not related. Paolo Montalban has stated in interviews that he is not related to Ricardo Montalban. They have different parents, siblings, spouses and children.
According to sitename HITC, some fans have wondered if Paolo Montalban is related to Ricardo Montalban because of their roles as princes in Cinderella adaptations. Paolo Montalban played Prince Christopher in the 1997 version with Brandy, while Ricardo Montalban played Prince Charming in the 1957 version with Julie Andrews.
However, this is just a coincidence and does not imply any familial connection. Paolo Montalban and Ricardo Montalban are both talented actors who have brought their own charm and charisma to their roles, but they are not related by blood or by name.