Michael Ansara - US Actor Aug 3, 2013 11:23:43 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Aug 3, 2013 11:23:43 GMT 1
Michael Ansara was a Syrian-born American stage, screen, and voice actor best known for his portrayal of Cochise in the American television series Broken Arrow, Kane in the 1979–81 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Commander Kang on three different Star Trek TV series, Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart on the NBC series, Law of the Plainsman, and providing the voice for Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series and several of its spin-offs.
During the 1950s, Ansara appeared in several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. It was the popular TV series Broken Arrow (1956), wherein he played the lead role of Cochise, that 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. The two later married and Ansara guest starred on Eden's I Dream of Jeannie . The couple had one son together, actor Matthew Ansara, who died on June 25, 2001, of a heroin overdose.
In 1961, Ansara played the role of Miguel Alvarez in the film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, co-starring with Barbara Eden and Walter Pidgeon, who played the role of Admiral Harriman Nelson. Ansara later appeared in an episode of the TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, playing a rebel sub commander. Other TV appearance included The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, Murder She Wrote and Babylon 5.
Ansara was nominated for an Academy of Science Fiction Award, and won a Western Heritage Award for Rawhide and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for both films and television.
Ansara and Eden divorced in 1974, and he married Beverly Kushida in 1977.
Michael Ansara April 15, 1922 – July 31, 2013.