Michael Ansara

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Michael Ansara
Michael Ansara
in Law of the Plainsman (1959)
Born(1922-04-15)April 15, 1922
DiedJuly 31, 2013(2013-07-31) (aged 91)[1]
Cause of deathComplications from Alzheimer's disease
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationB.A. from Los Angeles City College
Alma materLos Angeles City College
Years active1944–2001
Known forCochise,
Killer Kane,
Commander Kang,
Sam Buckhart
Mr. Freeze (voice)
Notable workAlfred Hitchcock Presents,
Broken Arrow,
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,
Law of the Plainsman,
Star Trek,
Batman: The Animated Series,
The New Batman Adventures,
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero,
Batman Beyond
Height6' 3" (1.90 m)
Jean Byron (m. 1955–1956)
Barbara Eden (m. 1958–1974)
Beverly Kushida (m. 1977–2013)
ChildrenMatthew Ansara
(1965-2001; w/Eden)
AwardsHollywood Walk of Fame, Western Heritage Award, Saturn Award

Michael Ansara (April 15, 1922[2] – July 31, 2013[3]) was a Syrian-American stage, movie and voice actor.

He was best known for playing 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 the voice for villain character Mr. Freeze in the Emmy Award winning series Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, and Batman Beyond.

Early life[change | change source]

Ansara was born in a small village in Syria and moved to Lowell, Massachusetts. He was educated at the Los Angeles City College.

Career[change | change source]

Ansara starred in his own ABC-TV series, Law of the Plainsman (1959–60), with Gina Gillespie and Robert Harland. He performed as an Apache Indian named Sam Buckhart who had been appointed as a U.S. Marshal. The series began as an episode of The Rifleman. In 1961, he appeared as Carl in the episode "Night Visitors" of the NBC anthology series The Barbara Stanwyck Show.

Ansara also played in the Biblical epics The Robe (1953) as Judas Iscariot, The Ten Commandments (1956) as a taskmaster (uncredited), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) as Herod's commander. He also appeared as Belshazzar in Columbia's 1953 movie Slaves of Babylon. Guest starred with Kurt Russell in an episode of the 1960's series "Lost in Space".

Later career[change | change source]

Ansara did voice-acting as Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series as well as the animated movie Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, an episode of both New Batman Adventures and Batman Beyond. He also voiced Mr. Freeze in the video game Batman Vengeance.

Ansara retired in 2001.

Awards[change | change source]

Ansara was nominated for an Academy of Science Fiction Award. He won a Western Heritage Award for Rawhide. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for both movies and television.

Marriages[change | change source]

Ansara was married to Jean Byron from 1955 until they divorced in 1956. He was married to Barbara Eden from 1958 until 1974. They had a son, Matthew Ansara, who died in 2001. He married Beverly Kushida in 1977.

Death[change | change source]

Ansara died on July 31, 2013 of Alzheimer's disease in his home in Calabasas, California, aged 91.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Michael Ansara, Actor Who Played Cochise and Kang, Dies at 91". New York Times.com. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  2. "Michael Ansara Bio Biography". TV Rage. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  3. "Michael Ansara Dead: 'Star Trek' actor dies at 91". Huffington Post.com. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  4. "'Star Trek' Villain Michael Ansara Dies at 91". Hollywood Reporter. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  5. "Michael Ansara, Actor Who Played Cochise and Kang, Dies at 91". The New York Times. August 3, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2016.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Michael Ansara at Wikimedia Commons