Kayleigh Falvey Staff Writer
Star Trek actor Michael Ansara died in his California home on July 31st following a prolonged illness. He was 91.
The actor, who was best known for his role as Kang, the Klingon commander on three different Star Trek shows, the original Star Trek (1968), Deep Space Nine (1994) and Voyager (1996), was born in Syria but came to America with his parents at the tender age of 2.
He had intended on becoming a doctor and studied at Los Angeles City College. However, a trip into the drama department of the college soon changed his mind.
The actor went on to work at the Pasadena Playhouse, where Charles Bronson, Carolyn Jones and Aaron Spelling also worked, before going on to lead roles both on stage and screen.
As well as Star Trek, Ansara also appeared in The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, The Outer Limits, Lost in Space, I Dream of Jeannie and Hawaii Five-O. He also voiced the character of Mr. Freeze in the animated Batman series.
He was married to his I Dream of Jeannie co-star, Barbara Eden, from 1958-1974. Together they had a son, Michael Matthew Ansara who died in 2001 of an accidental heroin overdose.
Ansara is survived by Beverly (his wife of 36 years), his sister, his niece and nephew.