Michael Ansara

Michael Ansara Headshot

Actor

Birth Date: April 15, 1922

Death Date: July 31, 2013

Birth Place: Syria

Spouses: Jean Byron

Although best known for his roles playing Native American characters, veteran stage and screen actor Michael Ansara was in fact born in Syria and raised in California. Ansara developed an interest in acting after he entered Los Angeles City College, originally planning to become a doctor.

To overcome shyness in class he took an acting course, which led to him working at the Pasadena Playhouse with students such as Charles Bronson and Aaron Spelling. Ansara made his screen debut in 1944 and gained the attention of Hollywood after an appearance in the 1953 big-budget biblical epic "The Robe."

A few years later he appeared in the Cecil B. DeMille biblical epic "The Ten Commandments" before he received the most prominent role of his career, playing the lead role of famed Apache leader Cochise in the 1956 western TV series "Broken Arrow." While working on the series, the 20th Century Fox publicity department arranged a date between Ansara and Barbara Eden, after which they eventually married.

The couple acted on Eden's show "I Dream of Jeannie" and on the film "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" before Ansara appeared in another religious picture, "The Greatest Story Ever Told," with Charlton Heston. Ansara has appeared on television extensively, including on science-fiction series such as "The Time Tunnel" and "The Outer Limits."

Ansara appeared as the character Kang on the original "Star Trek" series and is one of six actors to play the same character on three different "Star Trek" shows.

Credits

The Exchange

Executive Producer
Movie
2000

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

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Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze
Movie
1998

The Long Road Home

Actor
Movie
1998

Johnny Mysto Boy Wizard

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Malfeasor
Movie
1996

Star Trek: VoyagerStream

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Kang
Series
1995
76%

Babylon 5Stream

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1994

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStream

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Kang
Series
1993
91%

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Sen. Hector Bunsen
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1987

Rambo: The Force of Freedom

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Gen. Warhawk
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1986

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Nicholas Rossi
Series
1984

HunterStream

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General Mariano
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1984

Mike Hammer

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1984

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1984

The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins

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Turk
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1984

Access Code

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Sen. Dales
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1984

The Guns and the Fury

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Prince Sohrab
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1983

Bayou Romance

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Zanko
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1982

Simon & Simon

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Bill Waller
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1981

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1981

Spider-Man And His Amazing FriendsStream

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Hiawatha Smith
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1981

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1978

Fantasy Island

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1978

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John Singing Rock
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1978

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1977

Día de Furia Animal

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1977

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1977

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Daniel Santee
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1977
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Something Is Out There

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Daniel Santee
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1977

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1975

The Barbary Coast

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Diamond Jack Bassiter
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1975

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1974

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1974

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1974
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The Bears and I

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1974

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1973

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1973

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1973

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1973

Doll Squad

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1973

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1973

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1973

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1972

Dear, Dead Delilah

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1972

McMillan & Wife

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1971

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1971

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1971

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1970

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1970

Bearcats

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1970

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1969

Mod Squad

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1968

The Name of the Game

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1968

Daring Game

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1968

Sol Madrid

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1968

The High Chaparral

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1967

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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Pucci
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1967

The Destructors

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Count Mario Romano
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1967

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1966
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Iron Horse

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1966

Tarzan

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Regis
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1966

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Kang
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1966
80%

Texas Across the River

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Iron Jacket
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1966

And Now Miguel

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Blas Chavez
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1966

Wackiest Ship in the Army

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1965

Lost in SpaceStream

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The Ruler
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1965

I Dream of JeannieStream

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1965

I Dream of JeannieStream

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1965

A Man Called Shenandoah

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1965

Branded-1965

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1965

The Greatest Story Ever ToldStream

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Herod's commander
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1965
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Harum Scarum

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Prince Dragna
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1965

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Stream

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1964
100%

BewitchedStream

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Rufus the Red
Series
1964

The FugitiveStream

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Officer Miguel 'Mike' Anza
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1963

The Outer LimitsStream

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Quarlo Clobregnny
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1963
92%

The VirginianStream

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Marshall Merle Frome
Series
1962

Ben Casey

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Dr. Arthur Galanos
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1961

The ComancherosStream

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Amelung
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1961
100%

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

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Miguel Alvarez
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1961

The WesternerStream

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1960

The Untouchables

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1959

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1959

Law of the Plainsman

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1959

RawhideStream

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1959

The RiflemanStream

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1958

Perry MasonStream

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1957

Wagon TrainStream

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Chief North Star
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1957

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Colonel Peralta
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1957

Last of the Badmen

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1957

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Zarata
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1957

Quantez

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Delgadito
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1957

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1956

Broken Arrow

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1956

The Lone Ranger

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1956

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1956

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1956

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1955

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Charlie
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1955
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1955

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1955

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1955

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1954

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1954

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1954

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1954

The RobeStream

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1953
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Gus Hanley
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1953

Dangerous Assignment

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1952

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1952

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1952

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The Prophet
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1952

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1951

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1951

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1951

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1950

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1949

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1944