in Law of the Plainsman (1959)
April 15, 1922|
|Died||July 31, 2013
|Cause of death||Complications from Alzheimer's disease|
|Education||B.A. from Los Angeles City College|
|Alma mater||Los Angeles City College|
Mr. Freeze (voice)
|Notable work||Alfred Hitchcock Presents,
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,
Law of the Plainsman,
Batman: The Animated Series,
The New Batman Adventures,
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero,
|Home town||Lowell, Massachusetts|
|Height||6' 3" (1.90 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Jean Byron (m. 1955–56),
Barbara Eden (m. 1958–74),
Beverly Kushida (m. 1977–2013)
|Awards||Hollywood Walk of Fame, Western Heritage Award, Saturn Award|
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]
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]
References[change | change source]
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- "Michael Ansara Bio Biography". TV Rage. http://www.tvrage.com/person/id-6791/Michael+Ansara. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "Michael Ansara Dead: 'Star Trek' actor dies at 91". Huffington Post.com. 2 August 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/michael-ansara-dead-dies_n_3697009.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
- "'Star Trek' Villain Michael Ansara Dies at 91". Hollywood Reporter. 2 August 2013. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-ansara-star-trek-kang-dies-598786. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
- "Michael Ansara, Actor Who Played Cochise and Kang, Dies at 91". The New York Times. August 3, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/03/arts/michael-ansara-actor-who-played-cochise-and-kang-dies-at-91.html?_r=0. Retrieved May 10, 2016.