Michael Ansara


Michael Ansara Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Michael was orignally intended to star as Kane in the pilot episode of Buck Rogers In The 25th Century but was unavailable and so Henry Silva was chosen, as the pilot was shown in theaters and the producers believed he had more box-office draw.

    • Michael is of Lebanese descent.

    • Michael was set in 1963 to be in a planned spin-off from MCA/Revue Studios based on the Wagon Train character he played, Dr. Adam McKenzie, but the producers were unable to get studio support.

    • Michael appeared with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in The Road To Bali (.1952)

    • Michael played the part of Judas in the Christian-epic film The Robe (1953) but received no on-screen credit for the role.

    • Michael appeared with Marlon Brando and James Mason in Julius Caesar (1953).

    • Michael appeared on-screen 4 times with The Lone Ranger co-star Jay Silverheels, in Brave Warrior (1952), 2 episodes of the tv series, and the 1956 movie based on the series.

    • Michael played a boat captain in the horror classic It's Alive (1974).

    • Michael's newest film, Sargije (2006), was filmed entirely in Iran, with a Persian soundtrack.

    • Michael co-starred with Anthony Quinn in The Message (1976), about the early days of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

    • Michael has been married 3 times; to Jean Byron from 1955 to 1956, to Barbara Eden from 1965-1974, and Beverly Kushida, from 1977 until now.

    • Michael appeared with Bob Hope in My Favorite Spy (1951).

    • Michael did the voice of The Ancient One, Dr. Strange's mentor, in the 1978 tv movie Dr. Strange, though he received no on-screen credit for the part.

    • Michael appeared on I Dream Of Jeannie with his then-wife Barbara Eden in 3 episodes playing a different character in each.

    • Michael is only one of 6 actors to play the same character on 3 different Star Trek series, as Kang, in Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager.

    • Michael worked on his acting skills at the Pasadena Playhouse, where his fellow students included Charles Bronson, Carolyn Jones and Aaron Spelling.

    • Michael is 6 feet 3 inches tall.

    • Michael had originally wanted to be a doctor, but when he took acting classes to overcome his shyness, he decided that an acting career was what he wanted.

    • Michael has done the voice of villain Mr. Freeze in four different animated Batman series: Batman (1992), The New Batman Adventures, The New Batman/ Superman Adventures, and Batman Beyond.

    • He has a Television star on the Hollywood walk of fame at 6666 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Actor Michael Ansara met Actress Barbara Eden in October,1957 and they dated 3 months and married January 17,1958. They had a son Matthew Michael Ansara, who was born August 29, 1965. Matthew died of a heroin oversdose on June 25, 2001.

  • Quotes

    • Michael Ansara: We're all human. We have our foibles, we've made mistakes and yet there is still greatness.

    • Michael Ansara: That has been one of the best, most rewarding things about being an actor: traveling throughout the world, meeting all kinds of different people and learning about other cultures.