Wednesday, August 3, AD 2011

Apparently it is all the rage at conventions where geeks, my people, gather, to engage in the Khan scream of Captain Kirk from The Wrath of Khan (1982), the best of the Trek movies due to the superb performance of the late Ricardo Montalban as Khan Noonien Singh.  Here is Shatner giving the Khan scream at the Los Vegas Star Trek Con 2010:

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2 Responses to Khaaaan!!!!

  • Ricardo Montalban was Catholic and was married to his wife for more than 50 years too!

    I used to have a Captain Kirk poster in my room when I was in high school. I wish I still had it!

  • I claim ignorance regarding anything relevant to Star Trek. First time I saw the “KAHN!!!!!” yell or what-have-you, was in reference to the former goalkeeper Oliver Kahn (, most recently of Bayern Munich. Since then, that “yell” has always been associated with world class German soccer. Now, that is spoiled. Thanks. 😉

7 Responses to I Hope There Is "Rich Corinthian Leather" in Heaven

  • Fascinating post, Donald. I had no idea he was a committed Catholic. He was unforgettable in The Wrath of Khan. (Remember those desert slugs he put in the ears of the Enterprise crew?) I’ve probably watched that movie ten times and will add it to my Blockbuster queue. “I like what they’ve done to my car” is another one of his trademark lines for Chrysler.

  • In Khan he took a role that could so easily have descended into camp and invested him with a tragic dignity. It is interesting to compare the Khan of the movie and the Khan of the original Star Trek episode and see how Montalban skillfully took the tv Khan, a relatively benign tyrant, and showed in the movie how his soul became completely twisted by the death of his wife and followers which he blamed on Captain Kirk. Montalban could have sleep walked through the role and collected his pay check. Instead, as he did throughout his career, he gave a performance that commands attention. A consumate professional.

  • This cat had class down to his bone marrow. Distinguished any role with his personage. Never lowered standards even with spouting third-rate noise on Fantasy Island. Methinks Father Neuhaus has hired him to narrate the celestial audio book update of Nekkid Public Square. Vaya con Dios, Senor.

  • I never knew that he was a devout Catholic. Just his long marriage alone is witness enough of his Catholicism.

    He single-handidly saved that Star Trek franchise in my opinion as well.

  • I remember seeing an interview in which he told of his respect for his father because he REALLY loved his mother and romanced her for their whole marriage. Class begets class

  • Actually Ricardo said “soft corinthian leather” in the 1975 Chrysler Cordoba commercial.
    It was Eugene Levy that said “rich corinthian leather” in a SCTV parody.
    At any rate he was a true ‘Gem” of a man, and will be forever missed.

    “Smiles everyone..Smiles”…..

  • Thank you tatoo for the correction. It has been a very long time since I saw the commercial.