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Michael Ansara, TV and movie actor, dies

Michael Ansara, TV and movie actor, dies

August 2nd, 2013 in News

In this Jan. 21, 1969 file photo, Michael Ansara and Barbara Eden were among several Hollywood couples at the Inaugural Ball in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom, in Washington. A longtime friend and spokesman for Ansara says the actor died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home in California after a long illness. He was 91.

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Ansara, a television and movie actor whose roles included a Klingon on "Star Trek," has died.

A longtime friend and spokesman for Ansara says the actor died Wednesday at his home in Calabasas, Calif. after a long illness. He was 91.

Besides the "Star Trek" role as Kang, Ansara appeared on dozens of TV shows, including "Broken Arrow," ''Law of the Plainsman," ''I Dream of Jeannie," ''Hawaii 5-0" and "Murder, She Wrote."

His film credits include "Julius Caesar," ''Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," ''The Greatest Story Ever Told" and "The Comancheros" with John Wayne.

Ansara was predeceased by his son, Matthew, with former wife Barbara Eden. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Beverly, a sister and a niece and nephew.

Correction: The above version corrects the original version of this story which reported incorrectly that Ansara's role was the original Klingon on Star Trek.