Luis Montoya

Ricardo Montalban

EPISODE 35


Columbo Villains -  Luis Montoya

Last Words to Columbo: "First I will attend to this young fool and...then I will talk to my lawyer in regard to the two of you!"



In "A Matter of Honor", after witnessing a terrible attack on the book-keeper's son by a bull during a recent tournament, a renowned retired matador (Ricardo Montalban) discovers that his long-time friend and book-keeper plans to retire. The matador realizes that his friend's departure could expose his own fear during the attack, which would damage his reputation for bravery among his fans. Fearing the worst, the matador takes matters into his own hands and lures the book-keeper to the practice ring at his ranch, where he administers a lethal dose of tranquilizer before unleashing his pet bull on him. Coincidentally on a family holiday in Mexico, Lt. Columbo is called upon by the country's Chief of Police to assist in the investigation of the book-keeper's death. As Columbo delves deeper into the case, he uncovers the matador's dark secret and exposes his gruesome plan to get rid of his friend.
Ricardo Montalban was a Mexican actor who had a long and successful career in film and television. He was born on November 25, 1920, in Mexico City, Mexico, and died on January 14, 2009, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Montalban began his acting career in Mexico and later moved to the United States, where he made his mark in Hollywood. He appeared in many films, including "On an Island with You," "Two Weeks with Love," and "Sayonara," for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was also known for his role as the villainous Khan in the "Star Trek" franchise. In addition to his film work, Montalban had a successful career in television. He starred in the popular TV series "Fantasy Island" in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He also appeared in numerous other TV shows, including "How the West Was Won," "The Love Boat," and "Murder, She Wrote."