Sunday, February 16, 2014


Michael Ansara, who passed away in 2013, had a long and distinguished film and television career. He appeared in numerous films and television westerns as various Native American characters. He had a supporting role in the 1961 film VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (he later appeared in an episode of the television series of the same name). He played an alien in the classic OUTER LIMITS episode "Soldier" (written by Harlan Ellison) in 1964. And he appeared as the Klingon leader Kang (pictured above) in the classic STAR TREK episode "The Day of the Dove". Oh, and he was also married to Barbara (I DREAM OF JEANNIE) Eden.

Ansara was great at playing exotic anti-heroes, characters with an air of superiority and arrogance. That's why he would have been terrific playing this guy

Yep, Ansara is my choice for Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, in my mid-1960s FANTASTIC FOUR film that never was (but sure would have been cool if it was).


  1. An interesting call. Is it more than just his arched eyebrows?

  2. The arched eyebrows are just a happy coincidence! I think Ansara excelled at playing noble characters with more than a touch of superiority and condescension. He always acted like he thought he was far away the best person (male or female) in any room and that's a pretty good description of Namor.