Monday, August 05, 2013

Michael Ansara RIP

Michael Ansara
Mr. Ansara died a few days ago at the age of 91. I was a huge fan of Ansara's work in the Star Trek franchise. He was one of those powerful actors that stood out from the rest. His low and powerful voice and tall stature was great. Kor was the first Klingon, but Koloth was what Klingons would turn into later in the franchise.
91 is a good run with such a great character actor.
From, ((The veteran character actor was probably best known for playing the Klingon leader in the original "Star Trek" series, then again in the legendary sci-fi series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager." ))
Yes, he played the third Klingon Captain to guest role on TOS.  The character Kang (and actor) went on to show up in an important DS9 episode with Kor and Koloth. Kang was the one Klingon that seemed more somber and honorable than Kor or Koloth. Ansara's performance seems to have inspired Michael Dorn's Worf in some manner. 
 Ansara would later act in some other amazing roles in other franchises as well. 
 All DC fans will remember his power yet mournful take on Mr. Freeze in the Batman Animated Series. His take on the character would actually change the Mr. Freeze character completely for every version after his role...even in the comic books. 
 He also played an important part on B5 as Elric.
Elric had the best line in the series (B5), and it predicted what would happen in the end too with Mollari.
"As I look at you, Ambassador Mollari, I see a great hand reaching out of the stars. The hand is your hand. And I hear sounds of billions of people calling your name. Your victims." 

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