Ricardo Montez

Ricardo Montez (born Levy Isaac Attias; September 20, 1923 – October 26, 2010)[1] was a British actor best known for his role as the Spanish bartender Juan Cervantes in the ITV comedy series Mind Your Language.

Ricardo Montez
Levy Isaac Attias

September 20, 1923
DiedOctober 26, 2010 (aged 87)
Other namesRicardo Montez

Life and careerEdit

Born Levy Isaac Attias on 23 September 1923 in Gibraltar to Jewish parents, he and his family were evacuated to England during World War II. On returning home, he worked in different jobs, including as an extra in films shot in Gibraltar. While appearing in the British film Wonderful Things! (1958), the actor Frankie Vaughan persuaded him to travel to London and become an actor, which he did in 1962, changing his name at Vaughan's suggestion to Ricardo Montez. He appeared primarily in television programmes, including The Saint, The Avengers, Doctor at Sea and Don't Drink the Water, in which he usually played Spanish characters, before being cast in his best known role as Juan Cervantes, the Spanish bartender in a class of mature English language students, in the situation comedy series Mind Your Language from 1977 and 1979, reprising his role in a revival of the series in 1986. In his later years, Montez continued to appear on television in programmes including Sharpe's Honour and Casualty, as well as in commercials. His final acting role was in the film Mamma Mia! (2008). He lived in Richmond, London, and used to visit Gibraltar twice a year. He married Orivida Hatchwell in 1953; they had a daughter, Clara, and a granddaughter, Sara. Montez died from cancer at his daughter's home in Marbella, Spain on 26 October 2010, at the age of 87.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ Richard Anthony Baker "Ricardo Montez", The Stage, 22 November 2010
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-05-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2010-11-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Ricardo Montez: Actor and writer best known for playing Juan Cervantes". The Independent. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2019.

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