Farewell…Michael Ansara

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Michael Ansara, Actor

The actor best known for playing Kang, a Klingon warrior on three versions of Star Trek, Michael Ansara, died Wednesday. He was 91.

Ansara’s breakout role came as Cochise in the 1950s ABC TV series “Broken Arrow.” He soon moved into other TV roles playing American Indians. This includes the short-lived series, “Law of the Plainsman,” and later “Wagon Train” and “Gunsmoke.”

Then in 1968, Ansara began playing his most memorable role as Kang in the original Star Trek series and then reprising the role in the sci-fi series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” He was one of a handful of actors to play the same part in three different Star Trek series.

Ansara was also a guest star on other series, including “The Untouchables,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Perry Mason, “Lost in Space,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” and “I Dream of Jeannie.” Ansara also voiced Mr. Freeze in the Batman TV series.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Beverly Kushida and a sister, Rose Browers.

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