Actor played Cochise on TV's 'Broken Arrow'
Michael Ansara, 91, a Syrian-born actor often cast as a Native American in TV westerns and who starred as Cochise in "Broken Arrow" and Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart in "Law of the Plainsman" before playing the memorable Klingon Kang in "Star Trek," died Wednesday at his home in Calabasas, according to family spokesman Michael Druxman. No cause was given.
Ansara was born April 15, 1922, in Syria and moved with his family to New England as a young child, Druxman said. The family lived in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before moving to Los Angeles. Ansara studied at L.A. City College and the Pasadena Playhouse.
FOR THE RECORD:
Michael Ansara: In a news obituary of actor Michael Ansara in the Aug. 3 LATExtra section, the name of his first wife was misspelled as Jean Bryon. He was married to actress Jean Byron, who appeared on "The Patty Duke Show" and other programs. —
He had small parts in films and TV series in the early 1950s before landing the role of the Apache chief in "Broken Arrow" in 1956. The series ran on
After "Law of the Plainsman" ended in 1960, Ansara made frequent appearances on television into the '90s. His many credits include "Rawhide," "Daniel Boone," "Gunsmoke," "McMillan and Wife," "Police Story," "Rambo" and the miniseries "Centennial." He also was the voice of Mr. Freeze in various animated
Ansara first played Kang on the original "Star Trek" series in 1968 and was brought back for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (as Kang and, later, as the Tavnian Jeyal) and "Star Trek: Voyager."
He was married to actress Jean Byron of "The
[For The Record, 6:59 a.m. Aug. 5: In an Aug. 3 obituary of actor Michael Ansara, the name of his first wife was misspelled as Jean Bryon. He was married to actress Jean Byron, who appeared on "The Patty Duke Show" and other programs.]
Last Ivy League player to win Heisman Trophy
Dick Kazmaier, 82, the last Ivy League player to win college football's Heisman Trophy, died Thursday at a Boston hospital,
Kazmaier played halfback for Princeton and as a senior in 1951 won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide, receiving 506 first-place votes and 1,777 points, a record at the time. He also won the Maxwell Award as the nation's best college football player and was the Associated Press male athlete of the year.
In his final two college seasons, the
Born Nov. 23, 1930, in Maumee, Ohio, Kazmaier passed on a chance to play in the
He went on to found Kazmaier Associates Inc., an investment and consulting firm based in Concord, Mass., that specializes in sports marketing and products and is based in Concord, Mass.
He served as president of the National Football Foundation, which runs the College Hall of Fame, from 1974 to 1984 and was chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Three of Kazmaier's six daughters with his wife, Patricia, graduated from Princeton, including Patty Kazmaier, who played hockey for the Tigers and helped them to three consecutive Ivy League championships in the early 1980s.
After Patty died of a rare blood disease in 1990, Dick Kazmaier and the USA Hockey Foundation created the Patty Kazmaier Award, which has been given to the top player in
— Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports