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Michael Ansara

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 Centennial miniseries.

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 Branded called 'Bounty'.

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

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