Michael Ansara reported dead
Michael Ansara played characters who were tough, often driven by emotion…but not unthinking.
Famously, Ansara played Kang, a Klingon, on three different Star Trek series. While Kang was fierce, he understood the situation, and could turn Captain Kirk’s words back on him.
In a career that lasted fifty years, that was hardly Michael Ansara’s only geek-friendly role…nor the only iconic one. In later years, Ansara voiced Bat-villain Mr. Freeze in several animated adaptations (including a videogame).
However, a role that comes to mind for me is that of the titular “Soldier” (Qarlo Clobregnny) in an original Outer Limits episode, written by Harlan Ellison. Ansara showed us again that there can be a heart in those who stop the hearts of others…even if the motivations aren’t ours.
Other geek credits include:
- Terry and the Pirates (1952 TV series)
- My Favorite Spy with Bob Hope
- White Witch Doctor
- Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
- The Lone Ranger
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
- Lost in Space
- The Man (and Girl) from U.N.C.L.E.
- The Time Tunnel
- Land of the Giants
- I Dream of Jeannie
- It’s Alive
- Day of the Animals
- The Manitou
- Dr. Strange
- Buck Rogers (as Kane)
- Fantasy Island
- Thundarr the Barbarian
- Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (Hiawatha Smith)
- The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins
- Rambo (cartoon series)
- Babylon 5
Good-bye, Michael Ansara…the world is a little less fierce without you.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.