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Michael Ansara

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Biography

Michael Ansara as the Klingon commander, Kang, in Star Trek, c. 1968

Source: memory-alpha.org

Michael Ansara is the actor best-known for playing Kang in three Star Trek episodes, each from a different series. Growing up, Ansara wanted to be a physician, but developed a passion for becoming a performer after he began taking acting classes to overcome his shyness. It was the popular TV series Broken Arrow (1956), where he played the lead role of Cochise, that raised Ansara's profile and made him a household name on television.

Ansara also guest-starred in the late 1960s on his wife, Barbara Eden's I Dream of Jeannie series, as the Blue Djinn, who had imprisoned Jeannie in a bottle, and as King Kamehameha in the episode "The Battle of Waikiki". In 1961, he appeared as Carl in the epiode "Night Visitors" of the NBC anthology series, The Barbara Stanwyck Show. Michael Ansara also played in the Biblical epics The Robe (1953) as Judas, The Ten Commandments (1956) as the taskmaster and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) as Herod's commander.

Fact file

  • Born: April 15, 1922 (age 87) Syria
  • Spouse(s): Jean Byron (1949-1956) (divorced), Barbara Eden (1958-1974) (divorced) 1 child, Beverly Kushida (1977-present)

Read more about Michael Ansara at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

Bob Schieffer remembers Michael Ansara
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2013-08-04 15:25:54
The late actor and his then-wife Barbara Eden were the first "celebrities" the young Schieffer ever interviewed

Michael Ansara, "Star Trek"'s Kang, dies at 91
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2013-08-03 18:53:08
Actor who was married to Barbara Eden also appeared in "I Dream of Jeannie," "Hawaii 5-0," "Murder, She Wrote"

'Star Trek' villain Michael Ansara dies at 91
MSNBC Entertainment, 2013-08-03 14:20:00
Michael Ansara, the rugged character actor who played Klingon commander Kang on three different "Star Trek" TV series, has died. He was 91.Ansara, who was married to actress Barbara Eden of "I Dream of Jeannie" fame, died July 31 at his home in Calabasas, Calif.

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