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Michael Ansara

Highest Rated:   100% The Comancheros (1961)
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Birthplace:   Syria
Though best known for his Native American characterizations, Michael Ansara was actually of Lebanese descent. Ansara, born in Syria and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, entered Los Angeles City College in 1941, planning to become a doctor. His shyness in class prompted his professor to suggest that Ansara take a dramatics course to bolster his self-confidence. The medical profession's loss turned out to be the acting community's gain: after training at Pasadena Playhouse, Ansara blossomed as a classical actor with such groups as the Hollywood Players' Ring. The role that brought Ansara to the attention of Hollywood's higher-ups was his brief, uncredited appearance as the tormented Judas in The Robe (1953). He went on to be cast as Cochise in the 1956 TV series version of the 1950 20th Century-Fox feature Broken Arrow; while the role brought him fame and fortune, Ansara noted that "the acting range was rather limited. Cochise could do one of two things--stand with his arms folded, looking noble; or stand with his arms at his sides, looking noble." He was allowed a more flexible acting range, as well as a wider vocabulary, in his next Indian assignment, that of Harvard-educated federal marshal Sam Buckhart in the 1959 western series Law of the Plainsman. In later years, Ansara was active in the lucrative world of TV cartoon voiceover work. He was married for several years to actress Barbara Eden.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet New Orleans Uncensored
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Long Road Home
  • Murdock Haynes
1999
91% Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero
  • Mr. Freeze
1998
No Score Yet Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard
  • Malfeasor
1997
No Score Yet Border Shootout
  • Chuluha
1990
No Score Yet Assassination
  • Sen. Hector Bunsen
1987
No Score Yet Knights of the City
  • Mr.Delamo
1986
No Score Yet Bayou Romance
  • Zanko
1986
No Score Yet KGB: The Secret War
  • Taylor
1986
No Score Yet Access Code
  • Senator Dales
1984
No Score Yet The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Story of Esther
  • Actor
1979
43% The Manitou
  • Singing Rock
1978
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Lame Beaver
1978
No Score Yet Day of the Animals
  • Santee
1977
No Score Yet The Message
  • Abu Sofyan
1976
No Score Yet The Bears and I
  • Oliver Red Fern
1974
69% It's Alive
  • The Captain
1973
No Score Yet Ordeal
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Doll Squad
  • Eamon O'Reilly
1973
No Score Yet Dear, Dead Delilah
  • Morgan
1972
No Score Yet Powderkeg
  • Paco Morales
1970
No Score Yet Guns of the Magnificent Seven
  • Col. Diego
1969
No Score Yet Daring Game
  • President Eduardo Delgado
1968
No Score Yet The Pink Jungle
  • Raul Ortega
1968
No Score Yet Sol Madrid
  • Capt. Ortega
1968
No Score Yet The Destructors
  • Count Mario Romano
1968
No Score Yet Texas Across the River
  • Iron Jacket
1966
No Score Yet Harum Scarum
  • Prince Dragna
1965
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Herod's commander
1965
100% The Comancheros
  • Amflung
1961
75% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  • Miguel Alvarez
1961
No Score Yet The Tall Stranger
  • Zarata
1957
94% The Ten Commandments
  • Taskmaster
1956
No Score Yet Gun Brothers
  • Shawnee
1956
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger
  • Angry Horse
1956
27% Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
  • Charlie
1955
No Score Yet Jupiter's Darling
  • Maharbal
1955
No Score Yet Diane
  • Count Ridolfi
1955
43% Sign of the Pagan
  • Edecon
1954
No Score Yet Bengal Brigade (Bengal Rifles)
  • Maj. Puran Singh
1954
No Score Yet The Egyptian
  • Hittite Commander
1954
33% The Robe
  • Judas
1953
95% Julius Caesar
  • Pindarus
1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed
  • Gus
1953
No Score Yet White Witch Doctor
  • De Gama
1953
No Score Yet The Golden Hawk
  • Bernardo Diaz
1952
No Score Yet Diplomatic Courier
  • Ivan
1952
No Score Yet Road to Bali
  • Guard
1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • House Servant
1951
No Score Yet Only the Valiant
  • Tucsos
1951
No Score Yet Soldiers Three
  • Manik Rao
1951
100% Kim
  • Guard
1951
No Score Yet Hill Number One
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Action in Arabia
  • Hamid
1944
No Score Yet Al-risalah
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Kang
  • 1996
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Jeyal Kang
  • 1996
  • 1994
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Elric
  • 1994
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Nathan
  • 1980
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Kang
  • 1968

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