Actor Michael Ansara passed away on July 31, 2013 at the age of 91.
Mr. Ansara was another of those special actors who turned up in almost everything that I liked!
His stark, severely-rugged visage allowed him to specialize in playing “The Other”… be his characters from “Other Lands”, “Other Worlds” or, as "Quarlo" in the Harlan Ellison penned episode of THE OUTER LIMITS “Soldier” (1964), a future-Earth warrior from “Other Times”.
He was known for the role of “Cochise” in TV’s BROKEN ARROW but, unfortunately (even in the wondrous age of DVD), I’d never had the opportunity to see that series.
To me, Michael Ansara was:
"Kang", the BEST of the original Klingons on STAR TREK TOS. A role he revisited on the later TREK series DEEP SPACE NINE and VOYAGER.
An alien warrior chieftain (and father to warrior prince Kurt Russell) on LOST IN SPACE.
An iron curtain military official in 1956 AND a silver-skinned, ruthless alien "historian and collector" from the year 8433 (!) on THE TIME TUNNEL.
Later, in the ‘90s, Ansara lent his distinctive, almost chill-inducing voice to Mister Freeze in BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES.At one time, he was even married to Barbara Eden and appeared on I DREAM OF JEANNIE and, before that, the VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA movie with her.
But why take it from me, when you can read a complete list of his many credits HERE. ...Just LOOK at all the great things he was in!
I once referred to actor James Arness as "Television's John Wayne". If so, then Michael Ansara was its "Yul Brenner".
Rest In Peace, Michael Ansara!
“Only a fool fights in a burning house!” One of the wisest things a Klingon has ever said – echoing in immortality, thanks to the talents of a fine actor!