Vale: Michael Ansara
Michael Ansara, best known for his role as Kang on Star Trek, has died, aged 91.
He died at his Californian home on July 31 following a prolonged illness.
Ansara played the Klingon commander on three different Star Trek TV series: the original Star Trek (1968), Deep Space Nine (1994) and Voyager (1996). He is beloved by Trekkie fans of the franchise for being one of just seven actors to play the same character on three versions.
Despite being of Syrian descent, Ansara also played the Chiricahua Apache chief Cochise on Broken Arrow, considered groundbreaking in 1958, as one of few westerns to portray Native Americans in a positive light. He also played another Apache, Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart, on the Law of the Plainsman and The Rifleman.
Other TV roles included Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, The Outer Limits, Lost in Space, I Dream of Jeannie (with his then wife, Barbara Eden), Hawaii Five-0 and the animated Batman series.