Michael Ansara, ‘Star Trek’ Actor, Dies At 91
Michael Ansara, who played Star Trek villain Kang, died in his Calabasas, Calif., home on July 31 after battling a long illness. He was 91.
Ansara’s death was announced on Saturday by his agent Michael B. Druxman. Druxman confirmed Ansara’s death and revealed that it had resulted from an illness related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Ansara, as Klingon leader Kang, originated the role in the Star Trek franchise and reprised the role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. He appeared in a number of other TV series, including, Murder She Wrote, I Dream of Genie, Hawaii 5-0 and Broken Arrow. Ansara also voiced the character of Mr. Freeze in the animated Batman series.
Michael Ansara (right) in 'Broken Arrow'
On the big screen, Ansara appeared in Julius Caesar, The Greatest Story Ever Told and John Wayne’s The Comacheros.
Ansara’s first marriage was to I Dream of Genie star Barbara Eden, who he divorced in 1974. The iconic actress took to Twitter after learning the news of his death to offer her condolences.
My condolences to Michael Ansara's wife Beverly. He was a good man, a good father & a fantastic actor who had a long and full life. -Barbara
— Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) August 2, 2013
Ansara is survived by his wife of 36 years, Beverly. His son with Eden, Matthew, predeceased them in 2001.
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