Veteran Actor Michael Ansara Has Died Aged 91

Star-Trek_TOS-alt-MediumMichael Ansara, known for his roles in sci-fi’s such as Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Buck Rogers, has passed away at the age of 91.

The actor’s death has been reported by Blastr who have paid tribute to Ansara in a lengthy article detailing his career. Ansara played the Klingon Kane in the 1968 episode Day of the Dove of the original Star Trek.

Many years later the actor reprised the role for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager making him one of the few actors to play the same character across three Star Trek shows.

The Gene Roddenberry shows were just a few of his many, many credits across a career that started in 1944 and ended – with his last credited role – in 2001. Ansara appeared in many popular science fiction programmes with roles in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Babylon 5.

Ansara also made guest appearances in shows such as Hawaii Five O, Murder She Wrote, Kojak, Gunsmoke, Burke’s Law, Wagon Train, Mission Impossible and Fantasy Island. He had regular roles such as Broken Arrow, Law of the Plainsman, Rambo and Days of our Lives. The actor was married to Barbara Eden the star of I Dream of Jeannie and Ansara made several appearances, in different roles, in the popular television series.

Ansara put his vocal talents to use as well lending his voice to many animated shows such as the Batman series.

Michael Ansara: 1922 – 2013

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One Reply to “Veteran Actor Michael Ansara Has Died Aged 91”

  1. The 1960s would afford Ansara the chance to break into sci-fi with roles on Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space and Time Tunnel. How lucky for him (and for all of us) that this path led him to discover the Klingon Dahar Master Kang. He faced off against Capt. James T. Kirk himself in the Trek classic Day of the Dove. The struggle between these two titans cemented Ansara and Kang as one of the great characters in Trek, if not all science fiction. Kang was so popular that Ansara would reprise the role on Deep Space Nine and Voyager, making him one of a select few performers to feature on three different Star Trek shows.

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