Michael Ansara, well known for playing Klingon commander Kang on “Star Trek”, has passed away at his home in Calabasas, California due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 91.
Ansara’s friend and former publicist, Michael B. Druxman, confirmed to EW, “Michael and I have been friends since 1968. He was my best friend. He had a long illness. He died at home. He was a great guy, and a wonderful actor. I really miss him.”
Michael Ansara landed roles as American Indians and played the role of Apache chief Cochise in the 1950s television show “Broken Arrow”.
He played the villainous Klingon commander Kang on the original “Star Trek”, “Deep Space Nine” & “Voyager”. Ansara also voiced Mr. Freeze on the cartoon “Batman” and “Batman Beyond”.
Ansara was married three times previously. He and his first wife, actress Jean Byron, split after seven years of marriage. Two years later, he married actress Barbara Eden, his co-star in “I Dream of Jeannie”. They divorced in 1973 after ten years of marriage.
Michael Ansara is survived by his third wife, actress Beverly Kushida, of 36 years. He is also survived by his sister Rose Browers, a niece and a nephew. His son with Barbara Eden, Matthew, died in 2001 of an accidental drug overdose.
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