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Klingon star Michael Ansara dead at 91

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Aug 02, 2013 | 5:15pm EDT

Michael Ansara, who portrayed a Klingon warrior in three TV versions of Star Trek, has died at the age of 91. The actor, who was married to I Dream of Jeannie's Barbara Eden, passed away on 31 July (13) at his home in California. Born in Syria, he became a U.S. TV star in the 1950s, portraying Native American characters in hit shows Broken Arrow and Law of the Plainsman, in which his character was also a Deputy U.S. Marshal. But he is perhaps best known as one of the seven actors who have played Klingon Kang in the original Star Trek series. He reprised the role in the sci-fi series' TV updates Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Ansara also appeared in the movies Jupiter's Darling, opposite Esther Williams - who died in June, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Comancheros, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Guns of the Magnificent Seven. His TV work also included appearances in cult shows The Untouchables, The Outer Limits, Lost in Space and Hawaii Five-0. He also gave villain Mr. Freeze a voice on the animated Batman series. He was married to Eden from 1958 to 74. Their son, actor Matthew Ansara, died in 2001 of an accidental heroin overdose, aged 35.

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