Friday, August 2, 2013

Michael Ansara Dead: 'Star Trek' Actor Dies At 91

Michael Ansara, the actor who played the "Star Trek" Klingon commander Kang in the franchise's TV show, died on Wednesday, July 31. He was 91.

The actor died in his home in Calabasas, Calif., after a longterm illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His former publicist confirmed the news on August 2.

Michael Ansara 1956 - P 2013
Michael Ansara as Cochise in "Broken Arrow."

Born in Syria, Ansara came to the U.S. with his parents when he was two years old. He is known as one of the only seven "Star Trek" actors to play the same character on three different versions of the beloved series. His last appearance as Kang was in 1996. 

Michael Ansara as Kang

He played the great Klingon warrior Kang on three versions of "Star Trek" and a Native American on ABC's "Broken Arrow."

His major film roles include parts in the 1953 version of "Julius Caesar," 1961's "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" in 1965. He also made many TV appearances on shows like "I Dream of Jeannie," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," and "The Outer Limits." His accomplishments earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ansara was married to "I Dream of Jeannie" actress Barbara Eden from 1958 to 1974, and they had a son, Matthew Michael Ansara, who died of an accidental heroin overdose at age 35.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Beverly, his sister Rose, his niece Michelle and nephew, Michael John.

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