Character actor Michael Stroka spent most of his long career on-stage and in television, but he also occasionally appeared in feature films. Stroka launched his career after earning a B.F.A. in drama from Carnegie Tech in 1960. There he found work at Manhattan Theater Club and with the New York Shakespeare Festival. On television he is known for having frequently appeared on the Twilight Zone and Combat in the early '60s. He made his feature film debut in the war drama 36 Hours (1965). Stroka died after long struggle with cancer at age 58.