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Michael Ansara, who played original Klingon, dies

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSFILE - In this Jan. 21, 1969 file photo, Michael Ansara and Barbara Eden were among several Hollywood couples at the Inaugural Ball in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom, in Washington.  A longtime friend and spokesman for Ansara says the actor died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home in California after a long illness. He was 91. (AP Photo)
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    FILE - In this Jan. 21, 1969 file photo, Michael Ansara and Barbara Eden were among several Hollywood couples at the Inaugural Ball in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom, in Washington. A longtime friend and spokesman for Ansara says the actor died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home in California after a long illness. He was 91. (AP Photo)
  • ASSOCIATED PRESSFILE - This 1960 photo shows actor Michael Ansara on location for the TV series, "Law of the Plainsman."  A longtime friend and spokesman for Ansara says the actor died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home in California after a long illness. He was 91. (AP Photo, File)
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    FILE - This 1960 photo shows actor Michael Ansara on location for the TV series, "Law of the Plainsman." A longtime friend and spokesman for Ansara says the actor died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home in California after a long illness. He was 91. (AP Photo, File)

LOS ANGELES >> The actor who played the original Klingon on TV’s “Star Trek” has died.

A longtime friend and spokesman for Michael Ansara says the actor died Wednesday at his home in Calabasas, Calif. after a long illness. He was 91.

Besides playing Kang the Klingon in various “Star Trek” series, Ansara appeared on dozens of TV shows, including “Broken Arrow,” ”Law of the Plainsman,” ”I Dream of Jeannie,” ”Hawaii 5-0″ and “Murder, She Wrote.”

His film credits include “Julius Caesar,” ”Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” ”The Greatest Story Ever Told” and “The Comancheros” with John Wayne.

Ansara was predeceased by his son, Matthew, with former wife Barbra Eden. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Beverly, a sister and a niece and nephew.

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