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Actor Michael Ansara Dies At 91
By Alex Mazariegos
Aug 5, 2013 - 3:10:30 PM

CALABASAS—Veteran actor Michael Ansara, best known for playing Klingon leader Kang in three “Star Trek” incarnations, passed away on Wednesday, July 31. Ansara died at his home in Calabasas, due to complications of Alzheimer's, according to the actor's former agent. He was 91.

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Michael Ansara in "Law of the Plainsman".

 

Born in a small village in Syria on April 15, 1922, Ansara came to the United States at the age of two. Though originally planning to become a doctor, he quickly discovered his passion for acting while in college. The Syrian-born actor often portrayed authoritative figures in casting choices inspired by his tall figure and deep voice.

 

His role as Cochise on the television series “Broken Arrow” raised the actor's profile, and his credits during the 40s and 50s consists of numerous appearances in films and television shows, including “Dangerous Assignment,” “Soldiers Three” and “The Lone Ranger” (the television series). He subsequently received substantial roles in “The Rifleman” and its spin-off, “Law of the Plainsman.”

 

Ansara later made his debut as Kang during the third season of “Star Trek.” The episode, entitled “Day Of The Dove,” aired in 1968 and cemented his place in television history. His role as the Klingon leader became a popular figure in Star Trek lore, and he later reprised the character in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.”

 

The actor continued to play roles outside of the sci-fi series, and he would often be cast in roles of different ethnicities. He also appeared in “The Rockford Files,” “Murder She Wrote” and “I Dream of Jeannie” as well as other various films.

 

Ansara was formerly married to “I Dream of Jeannie” star Barbara Eden. The couple divorced in 1974. In reaction to his death, Eden posted on her Twitter account, “He was a good man, a good father & a fantastic actor who had a long and full life.”

 

Three years after his separation from Eden, Ansara married Beverly Kushida. Their 36-year marriage lasted until his death.



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