'Star Trek' Actor Michael Ansara, Ex-Husband of Barbara Eden, Dies at Age 91
by, 08-02-2013 at 10:53 AM (27843 Views)
Syrian-born actor Michael Ansara has passed away on July 31st at the age of 91. The cause of death has not yet been released, though his one-time publicist Michael B. Druxman said it was from a prolonged illness. Place of death was Ansara's Calabasas, California home.
With his deep voice and dark looks, Ansara was often typecast in Native American roles, especially after starring in the 'Broken Arrow' TV series in 1956. In fact, he had said that when the program ended he did not work for two years.
One of Ansara's best known roles was as Kang, a masterful Klingon warrior, in the original 'Star Trek' science fiction series on NBC. Many years later, he appeared as Kang again in the Star Trek spinoffs, 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' and 'Star Trek: Voyager.'
On a personal level, many fans and TV viewers recall the actor's marriage to actress Barbara Eden. The two were married from 1958 until 1974. They had one son, who unfortunately died of an overdose in 2001. While married, the acting duo appeared together on three episode's of Eden's 'I Dream of Jeannie' TV series. A lovely montage of their life together was done by a fan on YouTube and appears below.
Prior to Eden, Ansara was married to actress Jean Byron ('The Patty Duke Show'). He is survived by his third wife, actress Beverly Kushida, whom he wed in 1977.