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"We have no devil, Kirk. But we understand the habits of yours."

- as Kang in Star Trek (1968)

Ansara was one of only seven actors to play the same character in three different live-action "Star Trek" series. He played Kang in Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).

Michael George Ansara (April 15th, 1922 – July 31th, 2013) was an American stage, screen, and voice actor. He portrayed Cochise in the television series Broken Arrow, Kane in the 1979-1981 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Commander Kang in three Star Trek television series, Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart in the NBC series Law of the Plainsman, and provided the voice for Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series and several of its spin-offs.

Ansara was born in a small village in the Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon, and his family emigrated to the United States when he was two years old and lived in Lowell, Massachusetts, for a decade before moving to California. He originally wanted to be a physician, but developed a passion for becoming a performer after he began taking acting classes to overcome his shyness at Pasadena Playhouse. He was educated at Los Angeles City College, from which Ansara earned an Associate of Arts degree. Ansara served as a medic in the army during World War II.

During the 1950s, Ansara appeared in several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He appeared in a 1951 episode of The Lone Ranger titled "Trouble at Black Rock." In 1953, he appeared as Pindarus in Joseph Mankiewicz’ big screen adaptation of "Julius Caesar", with Marlon Brando, James Mason and John Gielgud. However, the popular television series Broken Arrow (1956), wherein he played the lead role of Cochise, raised Ansara's profile and made him a household name.

While making the series, the 20th Century-Fox publicity department arranged a date between Ansara and actress Barbara Eden. Ansara had been married to actress Jean Byron but the marriage only lasted a year and they divorced in 1956. In 1958, Ansara married Barbara Eden and guest-starred on Eden's I Dream of Jeannie series as the Blue Djinn (1966), who had imprisoned Jeannie in a bottle. He also played King Kamehameha in the Jeannie episode "The Battle of Waikiki" (1968), and in the final season (1969-70), he played Major Biff Jellico in the episode "My Sister, the Home Wrecker" and directed the episode, "One Jeannie Beats Four of a Kind". Michael Ansara and Barbara Eden divorced in 1974. The couple had one son together, actor Matthew Ansara, who died on June 25th, 2001, of a heroin overdose. Ansara was married for a third time to actress Beverly Kushida in 1977.

On television Ansara starred in his own ABC-TV series, Law of the Plainsman (1959-1960), with Gina Gillespie and Robert Harland. He performed as an Apache Indian named Sam Buckhart, who had been appointed as a U.S. Marshal. The series began as an episode of The Rifleman.

Other TV apprearances included Perry Mason (1964) in "The Case of the Antic Angel", the NBC western series The Road West, Daniel Boone, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Fugitive, Murder, She Wrote and Mission: Impossible.

Ansara Si-Fi resume is filled many of the popular programs of the day. He played the lead character of "Qarlo," the Soldier in an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. It opened the second season of shows on September 19th 1964 and was written by acclaimed fantasy writer and novelist Harlan Ellison, adapting it from his short story "Soldier from Tomorrow." He played Kane in the 1979-1980 season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and in 1994, Ansara portrayed the Technomage Elric in the Babylon 5 episode "The Geometry of Shadows."

In 1961, Ansara played the role of Miguel Alvarez in the Irwin Allen film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (above), co-starring with Barbara Eden and Walter Pidgeon, who played the role of Admiral Harriman Nelson. Ansara later appeared in an episode of the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, playing the rebel sub commander Captain Ruiz in "Killers Of The Deep" (1966). He also appeared in the episode "Hot Line" (broadcast on November 9th, 1964) as a Soviet scientist who disarms a defective Soviet atomic satellite that has crashed off the coast of California. Ansara also guested on a number of Irwin Allen TV shows. He co-starred in an episode of Lost in Space (1966) with a young Kurt Russell as his son. He also guest starred on and Irwin Allen's ABC-TV series Land of the Giants and played two different characters in two episodes of the 1966 science fiction television series The Time Tunnel (1966).

But his most notable Si-Fi appearance has to be on Star Trek. Along with Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Armin Shimerman, John de Lancie, Richard Poe and Mark Allen Shepherd, he was one of only seven actors to play the same character in three different live-action "Star Trek" series. He played Kang in Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).

In 1978, he starred in the acclaimed miniseries Centennial, based on the novel by James A. Michener. Ansara played the great Indian leader Lame Beaver, whose descendants are showcased throughout the centuries alongside the growth of the West and the town that the novel and miniseries are named after.

On Film Ansara was featured in a number of Biblical epics including The Robe (1953) as Judas Iscariot, The Ten Commandments (1956) as a taskmaster (uncredited), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) as Herod's commander. He also appeared as Belshazzar in Columbia's 1953 movie Slaves of Babylon. In 1976, Ansara co-starred in the movie Mohammad, Messenger of God (also titled The Message) with Anthony Quinn, about the origin of Islam and the message of prophet Mohammad. He also starred in a supporting role in the 1965 Elvis Presley film, Harum Scarum (his wife, Barbara Eden, had starred in an earlier Elvis film, 1960's Flaming Star), Texas Across the River (1966) with Dean Martin and as the sadistic militant Diego in the film Guns of the Magnificent Seven.

In other work he was featured in a 1962 Broadway show with the silent film actor Ramon Novarro. Voice work included narrating Paul Goble's "The Gift of the Sacred Dog" at Crow Agency, Montana, on June 17th, 1983, and Sheila MacGill-Callahan's "And Still the Turtle Watched" on October 21th, 1993, on the PBS series Reading Rainbow. In later years, he performed voice-acting as Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series, as well as the animated film Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, an episode of both The New Batman Adventures and Batman Beyond and the video game Batman: Vengeance.

Ansara was nominated for a Saturn Award, and has won a Western Heritage Award for Rawhide. On February 8th, 1960, Ansara received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in the television industry, located at 6666 Hollywood Boulevard. Ansara died from complications of Alzheimer's disease at his home in Calabasas on July 31st, 2013, at the age of 91. His interment is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, next to his son Matthew.


    Selected Michael Ansara TVography

The 20th Century-Fox Hour
- The Ox-Bow Incident (1955)

A Man Called Shenandoah
- Rope's End (1966)

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
- Yo-o Rinty (1956)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- The Baby Sitter (1956)
- The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby (1956)
- Shopping for Death (1956)

Babylon 5
- The Geometry of Shadows (1994)

The Barbara Stanwyck Show
- Night Visitor (1961)

Barbary Coast
- The Barbary Coast (1975)

Batman Beyond
- Meltdown (1999, voice)

Batman: The Animated Series
- Heart of Ice (1992, voice)
- Deep Freeze (1994, voice)

Bearcats!
- Powderkeg (1971)

Ben Casey
- Run for Your Lives, Dr. Galanos Practices Here! (1965)

Bewitched
- A Most Unusual Wood Nymph (1966)

Biff Baker, U.S.A.
- Pattern in Algiers (1954)

Bill Cosby Show
- The Artist (1970)

Boston Blackie
- Crown Jewels (1953)

Branded
- The Bounty (1965)

Broken Arrow
- 72 episodes as Cochise (1956-58)

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
- Escape from Wedded Bliss (1979)
- Flight of the War Witch (1980)
- Ardala Returns (1980)

Burke's Law
- Who Killed Carrie Cornell? (1964)

Centennial
- Only the Rocks Live Forever (1978)
- The Scream of Eagles (1979)

Chevron Theatre
- Pattern in Algiers (1953)

China Smith
- Kris of Death (1952)

CHiPs
- The Poachers (1980)

Chopper One
- Bust-Out (1974)

Cowboy in Africa
- The Kasubi Death (1968)

Daniel Boone
- The Enchanted Gun (1966)
- The Search (1966)

Dangerous Assignment
- The Mine Story (1952)
- The Decoy Story (1952)
- The One Blue Chip Story (1952)
- The Bodyguard Story (1952)

Days of Our Lives
- as David Lebec (1984)

Dragnet
- The Big Rod (1954)

The Fall Guy
- Miami's Nice (1986)

Family Theatre
- That I May See (1951)
- Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration (1951)

Fantasy Island
- My Fair Pharaoh/The Power (1980)
- Unholy Wedlock/Elizabeth (1980)

The Farmer's Daughter
- Comes the Revolution (1963)

Frontier Doctor
- The Outlaw Legion (1958)

The Fugitive
- The Savage Street (1967)

Gavilan
- Destination Hero (1982)

George Burns Comedy Week
- The Assignment (1985)

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
- The Prisoner of Zalamar Affair (1966)

The Governor & J.J.
- Once Upon a War (1970)

Greatest Heroes of the Bible
- The Story of Esther (1979)

Gunsmoke
- Honor Before Justice (1966)
- The Returning (1967)

Hardcastle and McCormick
- Mirage a Trois (1985)

Hawaii Five-O
- Death Is a Company Policy (1972)

Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans
- Hawkeye's Homecoming (1957)

Here Come the Brides
- Wives for Wakando (1969)

The High Chaparral
- For the Love of Carlos (1969)

Hunter
- Rape and Revenge: Part 1 and 2 (1985)

I Dream of Jeannie
- Happy Anniversary (1966)
- Battle of Waikiki (1968)
- My Sister, the Home Wrecker (1969)

It Takes a Thief
- Guess Who's Coming to Rio (1969)

Iron Horse
- Big Deal (1966)

Jigsaw John
- Sand Trap (1976)

Kojak
- Justice Deferred (1976)

Kraft Suspense Theatre
- A Truce to Terror (1964)

Lancer
- Lamp in the Wilderness (1970)

Land of the Giants
- On a Clear Night You Can See Earth (1969)

The Lone Ranger
- Trouble at Black Rock (1951)
- Outlaw Underground (1952)

Lost in Space
- The Challenge (1966)

Law of the Plainsman
- 30 episodes as Deputy Marshal Sam Buckhart (1959-60)

The Magical World of Disney
- Hamad and the Pirates Part 1 (1971, Narrator)
- Shokee, the Everglades Panther (1974, Narrator)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- The Arabian Affair (1965)

Matt and Jenny
- The Long Return (1979)

McCloud
- Our Man in the Harem

McMillan & Wife
- Cop of the Year (1972)
- An Elementary Case of Murder (1972)
- Reunion in Terror (1974)

Medic
- The Laughter and the Weeping

Mission: Impossible
- The Western (1973)

Mod Squad
- A Double for Danger (1971)

Murder, She Wrote
- The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel (1988)

My Hero
- Africa Calling (1953)

Naked City
- A Running of Bulls (1959)

Nakia
- The Dream (1974)

Name of the Game
- The Takeover (1970)

The New Batman Adventures
- Cold Comfort (1997, voice)

The New Mike Hammer
- A Blinding Fear (1987)

The Outer Limits
- Soldier (1964)

Perry Mason
- The Case of the Antic Angel (1964)

Playhouse 90
- The Killers of Mussolini (1959)

Police Story
- Requiem for an Informer (1973)
- Chief (1974)

Police Surgeon
- Man Outside (1974)
- Half Way House (1975)

The Rockford Files
- Joey Blue Eyes (1976) .

Rambo
- 63 episodes as General Warhawk (1986, voice)

The Rebel
- The Champ (1960)

The Rifleman
- The Raid (1959)
- The Indian (1959)

The Road West
- A War for the Gravediggers (1967)

Romance Theatre
- Bayou Romance: Part 1-5 (1982)

Rawhide
- Incident of Iron Bull (1963)
- Incident at Rio Doloroso (1963)
- Canliss (1964)

Shaft
- The Killing (1973)

Simon & Simon
- A Recipe for Disaster (1981)

Soldiers of Fortune
- Torch of Olympiad (1955)
- Jungle Rebel (1955)

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
- Quest of the Red Skull (1981, voice)

Star Trek
- Day of the Dove (1968)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- Blood Oath (1994)
- The Muse (1996)

Star Trek: Voyager
- Flashback (1996)

The Streets of San Francisco
- The Year of the Locusts (1972)

The Survivors
- Chapter Thirteen (1969)

Swiss Family Robinson
- The Tiki (1975)

Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers
- The Traitor (1956)
- The Enemy (1957)

Tales of Wells Fargo
- Moneyrun (1962)

Tarzan
- Trek to Terror (1968)

Terry and the Pirates
- Chinese Legacy

The Time Tunnel
- Secret Weapon (1966)
- The Kidnappers (1967)

Thundarr the Barbarian

- Prophecy of Peril (1981, voice)

TV Reader's Digest
- America's First Great Lady (1955)

The Untouchables
- Nicky (1960)
- The Jamaica Ginger Story (1961)

Vega$
- The Visitor (1979)

The Virginian
- The Showdown (1965)
- High Stakes (1966)

The Unexpected
- Landscape in Black (1952)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
- Hot Line (1964)
- Killers of the Deep (1966)

Wagon Train
- The Patience Miller Story (1961)
- The Adam MacKenzie Story (1963)

The Westerner
- Hand on the Gun (1960)

Wide Country
- A Devil in the Chute (1962)

Zane Grey Theater
- The Law and the Gun (1959)

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    Selected Michael Ansara Filmography

1944

Can't Help Singing (uncredited)

Action in Arabia (uncredited)

1947

Intrigue

1948

Queen Esther

1949

Outpost in Morocco (uncredited)

1950

South Sea Sinner (uncredited)

The Desert Hawk (uncredited)

Kim (uncredited)

1951

My Favorite Spy (uncredited)

Bannerline

Smuggler's Island (uncredited)

Only the Valiant

Soldiers Three

1952

Brave Warrior

Diplomatic Courier (uncredited)

Yankee Buccaneer

The Golden Hawk

Road to Bali (uncredited)

The Lawless Breed

1953

Bandits of Corsica

Serpent of the Nile

Julius Caesar

White Witch Doctor

The Robe (uncredited)

Slaves of Babylon

The Diamond Queen

1954

Three Young Texans

Drums of Tahiti

The Saracen Blade

Sign of the Pagan

The Egyptian (uncredited)

Bengal Brigade

Princess of the Nile

1955

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

New Orleans Uncensored

Jupiter's Darling

1956

The Ten Commandments (uncredited)

Pillars of the Sky

Gun Brothers

The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby

The Lone Ranger

Diane

1957

The Sad Sack (uncredited)

The Tall Stranger

Last of the Badmen

Quantez

1961

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

The Comancheros

1964

Quick, Let's Get Married

1965

Harum Scarum

The Greatest Story Ever Told

1966

Texas Across the River

And Now Miguel

1967

How I Spent My Summer Vacation (TV Movie)

1968

The Pink Jungle

Daring Game

Sol Madrid

The Destructors

1969

Guns of the Magnificent Seven

Target: Harry

1970

The Phynx

1971

Hamad and the Pirates (TV Movie)

1972

Dear Dead Delilah

Stand Up and Be Counted

1973

Ordeal (TV Movie)

The Doll Squad

Call to Danger (TV Movie)

1974

The Bears and I

It's Alive

The First Woman President (TV Movie)

Shootout in a One Dog Town (TV Movie)

1976

The Message

1977

Mission to Glory: A True Story

Day of the Animals

1978

Dr. Strange (TV Movie, voice, uncredited)

The Manitou

1981

The Guns and the Fury

1984

Access Code

The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins (TV Movie)

1985

KGB: The Secret War

1986

Knights of the City

1987

Assassination

1990

Border Shootout

1997

Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard (Video)

1998

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (Video)

1999

The Long Road Home

Batman Beyond: The Movie (TV Movie)

2001

Batman: Vengeance (Video Game)

 

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