Syrian-born actor Michael Ansara passed away over the weekend. A gentleman, Ansara like many such made his bread and butter playing American Indians, including Cochise in the TV western series Broken Arrow.
However, Mr. Ansara will be far dearer in these corners for the wide range of genre roles he assayed. His greatest fame probably rests on playing the Klingon Commander Kang in three different iterations of Star Trek: The Original Series, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. He was one of very few not recurring cast members to assay such a feat.
Mr. Ansara also starred in The Manitu, a great junk classic, played the recurring villain Kane in the Buck Rogers TV show of the ’80s, and voiced Mr. Freeze in Batman the Animated Series and attendant spin-offs. Other films he appeared in include Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (he also appeared on the TV show), Doll Squad, Dear Dead Delilah, Larry Cohen’s It’s Alive and Day of the Animals.
His episodic TV appearances are nearly too long to list. Like many actors of his generation, he seemed to appear on nearly every western, sci-fi series, sitcom and crime show of the ’60s and ’70s.
Among his three wives was Barbara Eden, from 1958 to 1974.
Mr. Ansara was 91 at the time of his passing.