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Michael Ansara
Michael Ansara
Role Rufus the Red
Biographical Information
Birthdate April 15, 1922
Birthplace Syria (French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon)
Death Date July 31, 2013 (age 91)
Death Place Calabasas, California, United States[1]

Michael Ansara portrayed Rufus the Red, a feudal lord who runs afoul of Darrin the Bold, in the third season episode, "A Most Unusual Wood Nymph" (1966).


Michael Ansara was a veteran character actor probably best known for playing the Klingon leader, Kang, in the original “Star Trek” series, then again in the legendary sci-fi series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.”

He had an illustrious career beyond that, plus a personal life that included a marriage to Barbara Eden of “I Dream of Jeannie” fame and a thirty-six-year marriage to his wife, Beverly.

Ansara was born in a small village in Syria, arriving in the United States with his American parents at the age of two. Having entered college in Los Angeles intending to be a doctor, he went into acting instead. His breakout role came as Cochise in the 1950s television series “Broken Arrow.”

Other small-screen roles included parts in such shows as “The Untouchables,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Perry Mason, “Lost in Space,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” and his ex-wife’s show, “I Dream of Jeannie.” Ansara also voiced Mr. Freeze in Batman movies and the television series.

Ansara’s film credits include 1953’s “Julius Caesar,” “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” John Wayne’s “The Comancheros,” “Guns of the Magnificent Seven,” “The Bears and I,” “The Message” and “The Guns and the Fury.”

Ansara died on July 31, 2013 at his home in Calabasas, California. He was 91.[2]


  1. Michael Ansara on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on December 5, 2019.
  2. "Michael Ansara, Actor Behind Klingon Leader, Kang, Dies at 91", August 3, 2013, KPLR 11 St. Louis. Retrieved on January 31, 2020.