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Michael Ansara, Actor from Harum Scarum Dies

By Elvis Australia
August 6, 2013 - 11:25:06 AM

Michael Ansara, a busy and widely recognizable character actor who was best known for portraying American Indians, the Arabian prince in Elvis' 'Harum Scarum' and later a Klingon in three different 'Star Trek' series, died July 31 at his home in Calif. He was 91. Born in Syria, Mr. Ansara mostly played ethnic roles, he was cast as an Egyptian taskmaster in 'The Ten Commandments,' as Judas Iscariot in 'The Robe' (1953), and an Arabian prince who kidnaps an American movie star, played by Elvis in 'Harum Scarum' (1965).

In one of his most memorable roles he embodied the evil Klingon leader Kang in 'Star Trek.' Mr. Ansara was a guest star on many of the most well-known TV series of the 50s, '60s and '70s, including 'I Dream Of Genie', 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E', 'Lost in Space', 'Bewitched', 'Hawaii 5-0' and 'Kojak'.

Mr. Ansara was married three times. He also married Barbara Eden, best known from 'I Dream of Jeannie'.

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