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Michael Ansara, actor who played original Klingon; at 91

Michael Ansara with his former wife, Barbara Eden.

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Michael Ansara with his former wife, Barbara Eden.

LOS ANGELES — The actor who played the original Klingon on TV’s ‘‘Star Trek’’ has died.

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

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Besides playing Kang the Klingon in various ‘‘Star Trek’’ series, Mr. Ansara appeared on dozens of television 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.

Mr. Ansara was predeceased by Matthew, his son with his former wife, Barbara Eden. He leaves his wife of 36 years, Beverly; a sister; and a niece and nephew.

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