( b. Apr 15, 1922 SYRIA - d. Jul 31, 2013 Calabasas, California, USA ) Male
Michael Ansara studied at Los Angeles City College and originally planned to become a doctor, but changed his mind after he began studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse in an effort to overcome shyness. He began his career onstage and made his screen debut in the 1944 thriller "Action in Arabia."
He was best known for portraying American Indians and later a Klingon in three different "Star Trek" series. He became a star in the 1950s on the ABC television show "Broken Arrow," a fictionalized account of the friendship between the Apache chief Cochise, played by Mr. Ansara, and the Indian agent Tom Jeffords, played by John Lupton.
He last appeared on screen in "Long Road Home," an independent film made in 1999, in which he played a man who unexpectedly becomes the guardian of his estranged grandson.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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