In Memoriam: Hamilton Mitchell

Hamilton Mitchell, August 13, 1957 – January 31, 2021

I met Hamilton and his wife Robbie a few years ago in LA. Mandy McMillian had promised to take me out to the best little Italian joint in Studio City, and she absolutely delivered. Little did I know that joining us that night would be two of the most charming people I would ever have the pleasure of meeting. Over the course of a single dinner they made me feel like we’d known each other for years. Ham’s warmth and humor will resonate long after his passing. I’m very lucky to have known him.

In Memoriam: Jeremy Bulloch

Jeremy Bulloch, February 16, 1945 – December 17, 2020

It would be difficult to overstate the warmth and affability this man showed me. Under incredibly uncomfortable circumstances he granted me an unscheduled interview and shared a few personal stories with me about working on the original Star Wars sets and bringing Boba Fett to life. All with a smile and a laugh. I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few celebrities doing The Sci-Fi Guys, and this guy was one of the kindest. We lost a true gentleman today.

In Memoriam: Ricardo Montalbán

I came across a folder full of these images while digging through data from the old site. Clearly I had intended to post a memorial, but back then I felt that it wasn’t a valid post until I had forced my readers to endure no less than ten thousand words. That feeling is responsible for a great many things that went undone, and it is why I failed to post a memorial to the actor I still believe to be the single best villain to appear in any version of Star Trek. Montalbán’s performance in Star Trek II set a standard for adversaries that has never been surpassed.

So, on what would have been his 100th birthday, I give to you this humble collection of images, most of which Past Chris collected elevenish years ago. Look them over, then go watch Star Trek II and enjoy one of the most masterful and menacing actors ever to grace a Star Trek sound stage. Montalbán’s Khan is flawless.

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009