Ricardo Montalban His elder brother, Carlos Montalban, was instrumental in bringing Ricardo to the United States. Also an actor, Carlos is best-known for portraying El Exigente (The Demanding One), a coffee export agent, in a series of television commericial for Savarin Coffee in the 1960s and 1970s.
When Montalbán first arrived in Los Angeles, California, he had no knowledge of the English language, and was initially rejected from Fairfax High School in West Hollywood, California.
He attended Belmont High School in downtown Los Angeles and studied English intensely for hours each day after school. Four months later, Montalbán was accepted to the "more academically challenging" Fairfax High School and carried on the development of his language skills.
It was at Fairfax High that Montalbán was first discovered by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer executives while he was playing the lead role in the school play, Tovarich.