Goodbye Ricardo Montalban!

LOS ANGELES – We’ll miss the man of the Corinthian leather! Great obit on him on Bloomberg.com. The ads said that the Chrysler Cordoba commercial had “tastefulness of its appearance” and the “thickly cushioned luxury of seats available even in soft Corinthian leather.”

According to Bloomberg, the phrase “Corinthian leather” had been made up by copy writers at Young & Rubicam, Adweek later reported. And he later promoted the LeBaron (essentially a reworked Plymouth Volare) and The New Yorker, which was a jazzed up K-Car. He was a terribly underestimated actor.

Seems like Bob Nardelli needs to find ANOTHER Ricardo Montalban to huckster some of the stuff on Chrysler lots.

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  • Garland Pollard is publisher/editor of BrandlandUSA. Since 2006, the website BrandlandUSA.com has chronicled the history and business of America’s great brands. He has decades of experience across all media, including newspapers, TV, radio, magazines and the web.

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