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Michael Ansara has Passed

Prepare Sto-vo-kor

By Robert T. Trate     August 04, 2013
Source: MSNBC

It was both that voice and his haunting eyes that made Michael Ansara one of the best villains on television. Michael Ansara, better known as Commander Kang on the original Star Trek series has passed. The reasons of which have yet to be released to the public. 

Genre fans will also remember Ansara from short lived Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series that ran from 1979-1980 where he played the villainous Kane. However, a whole new generation of fans will forever link his voice to that of Mr. Freeze from the animated Batman series that ran in the Nineties (watch the clip below).

Ansara was one of the few actors to actually reprise a role on Star Trek's subsequent spin off shows. “Most sci-fi fans will remember him as Kang from 1968's ‘Day of the Dove,’ one of the best episodes of the third and final season of the original Star Trek. In the show, Kang and a battalion of Klingon warriors are transported aboard the Enterprise by an alien entity that sets the ship's crew and the Klingons against each other so it can feed off their hatred. Ansara reprised the role in a 1994 episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and a 1996 segment of Star Trek: Voyager.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ansara family. 

 

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Chopsaki 8/4/2013 2:59:19 PM

 R.I.P

thezillaman 8/4/2013 3:36:24 PM

 R.I.P sir may your trip to the beyond be a good one and my condolences to your fam. 

jimvo99 8/4/2013 5:07:35 PM

who?

makabriel 8/4/2013 6:41:58 PM

 Really?

With the article citing what he's done, who he is, what he's been in?  

Trolls.. they're everywhere.

monkeyfoot 8/4/2013 7:11:03 PM

Like his acting contemporary Henry Silva, Ansara was one of those actors with ambiguous ethnicity. I think from the 50's through the 90s he played every conceivable type of brown skinned character you can think of. Native Americans, Arabs, Asians, Indians, and of course aliens.

R.I.P. good sir.

ElBaz13 8/4/2013 8:02:45 PM

No mention of the Outer Limits episode, Soldier?

Truly one of the best episodes ever. It was also the episode James Cameron ripped off stuff for Terminator and got successfully sued by the writer, Harlan Elison.

 

fenngibbon 8/4/2013 9:07:20 PM

 I was looking over his filmography, monkeyfoot, and you're right:  he played all sorts of roles, but, amusingly, he played very few Middle-Easterners (it's amusing because he was from Syria).

 

He was one of the great character actors.

wrrlykam 8/5/2013 1:25:57 AM

Another Klingon actor heads out to Sto'Vo'Kor. Thank you Michael for some wonderful characters.

marcd30319 8/5/2013 5:26:01 AM

 Michael Ansara also played the religious fanatic in the 1961 feature Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Cochise in the Broken Arrow TV series.  He also guest-starred in the 1966 Lost in Space episode The Challenge with Kurt Russell as his son. All in all, Mr. Ansara was a memorable and power presence, and he will be remembered. RIP, Mr. Ansara.

monkeyfoot 8/5/2013 7:17:05 AM

Fengibbon & Marcd, he came through Hollywood in a time when they would just blend all these ethnic actors into one and cast them for anything that was "non-white". The other actor I mention, Henry Silva did alot of the same thing. He often plays Italian mob guys but he would play asian in the original Manchurian Candidate. And now I remember he also played Kane in the Buck Rogers movie pilot before Ansara took it over.

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