Ricardo Montalban, Chrysler Cordoba Spokesman, Dead At 88

Much of the Country knew Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino as "Khan" or "the guy from Fantasy Island," but car freaks the world over knew him as the man who gave us Soft Corinthian Leather.

The smooth-voiced Mexican actor and director, who knew what he wanted in an automobile, died of natural causes today at his home in Los Angeles. Known for a variety of A legend leaves us, but we hereby declare January to be National Corinthian Leather Month in his honor!
[Radar Online, NYT, thanks to Cazart for the tip]