Sabtu, 03 Agustus 2013

Michael Ansara actor behind Klingon leader Kang dies at 91

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(CNN) He struck an imposing figure as Kang the villainous Klingon commander who struck fears in the hearts of the federation.

The man who played Kang in three iterations of Star Trek Michael Ansara has died according to his former agent.

Ansara was 91.

The veteran character actor was probably best known for playing the Klingon leader in the original Star Trek series then again in the legendary sci fi series Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Voyager.

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But he had an illustrious career beyond that plus a personal life that included a marriage to Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeannie fame and a 36 year marriage to his wife Beverly.

Ansara died Wednesday at his home in Calabasas California according to former agent Michael B. Druxman.

He was born in a small village in Syria arriving in the United States with his American parents at the age of two according to a biography provided by Druxman.

Having entered college in Los Angeles intending to be a doctor he went into acting instead. His breakout role came as Cochise in the 1950s TV series Broken Arrow.

Other small screen roles included in parts in such shows as The Untouchables Alfred Hitchcock Presents Perry Mason Lost in Space Hawaii 5 0 Murder She Wrote Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and his ex wife's show I Dream of Jeannie. Ansara also voiced Mr. Freeze in Batman movies and the TV series.

Ansara's film credits include 1953's Julius Caesar The Greatest Story Ever Told John Wayne's The Comancheros Guns of the Magnificent Seven The Bears and I The Message and The Guns and the Fury.

William Shatner who played Capt. James T. Kirk on the original Star Trek was among the many who offered condolences upon hearing of Ansara's death. So too did Eden Ansara's former wife.

Tweeted Eden He was a good man a good father a fantastic actor who had a long and full life.

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