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Michael Ansara appeared twice in
The Rifleman as Sam Buckhart, Deputy United States Marshal
The Indian ― The Raid
This character was a spin off for Law of the Plainsman.
Born in a small village in Syria to
American parents, Ansara starred as Native American characters on
two 1950s primetime series: ABC's Western Broken Arrow (as
Cochise) and NBC's Law of the Plainsman (as Deputy U.S.
Marshal Sam Buckhart, another Apache).
Ansara came to the U.S. with his
American parents at the age of 2. As a teen, he and his family
relocated to California, and he entered Los Angeles City College
with the intention of becoming a doctor.
A stint at the Pasadena Playhouse
(where fellow students included Charles Bronson, Carolyn Jones and
Aaron Spelling) led to roles on stage and in films.
Some of Ansara's TV appearances
include The Untouchables ― Alfred Hitchcock Presents ― Perry
Mason ― The Outer Limits ― Lost in Space ― I Dream of Jeannie
with his wife ― Hawaii Five-0 and James Michener's
Had played the same character (Mr.
Freeze / Dr. Victor Fries) on three different series: Batman: The
Animated Series (1992), The New Batman Adventures (1997)
and Batman Beyond (1999).
He also had major roles in such films as
Julius Caesar (1953)
― The Robe as Judas (1953); Jupiterís Darling (1955) ―
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) - he also
appeared in the subsequent ABC series ― The Comancheros
(1961) with John Wayne; The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
―Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) ―
The Bears and
I (1974) ― The Message (1977) ― Itís Alive (1974).
Along with Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Armin Shimerman, John de
Lancie and Richard Poe, he was one of only six actors to play the
same character on three different Star Trek series. He played
Kang in Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
(1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Michael Ansara was also in an episode of
Do you know who played Cochise in the one hour made for TV show of
Broken Arrow that launched the TV series?
He was once married to Barbara Eden, star of I Dream of Jeannie.
Michael Ansara was born April 15, 1922 in Syria
Died July 31, 2013 (age 91) in Calabasas, California
around The McCain Ranch