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Michael Ansara: He Was Cochise and Star Trek Villain ‘Kang’

Posted on 08/4/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhen Syrian immigrant Michael Ansara enrolled at Los Angeles City College in the early 1940s, his ambition was to become a doctor. But instead he found his true calling as an actor. Ansara, who died on July 31 at age 91 in Calabasas, Calif., may have been best known as Klingon commander Kang, the towering, intimidatingly deep-voiced leader of a band of swarthy, warlike extraterrestrials who confronted Capt. James Kirk (William Shatner) and the Starship Enterprise crew in “Day of …

Charles Durning: 5 Facts About the Consummate Character Actor

Posted on 12/26/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyYou might remember Charles Durning as the crooked Lt. Snyder in the classic 1973 film The Sting, or as the World War II Medal of Honor winner who confesses to killing his best friend in a 2004 episode of the hit TV series NCIS. Or you might recall him as the U.S. President that a renegade Air Force General (portrayed by Burt Lancaster) tries to force to release a scandalous secret document in the 1977 movie thriller Twilight’s Last Gleaming. Or …

Jack Klugman: 5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Him

Posted on 12/25/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyJack Klugman wasn’t the handsomest actor in Hollywood, nor the most dashing. But as producer Garry Marshall once noted: “He had what you need more than anything else in television — likability. Audiences would want Jack Klugman to walk into their living rooms once a week.” That ability to connect with audiences on the most basic human level made Klugman, who died on Dec. 24 at age 90 in Los Angeles, into one of TV’s biggest stars of the 1970s …

Eileen Moran: A Special Effects Wizard’s Highlights Reel

Posted on 12/6/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyEileen Moran started out with ambitions of becoming an actor, like her college classmate John Turturro. But instead, she ended up creating a different sort of magic on the screen. As a visual effects producer, Moran helped conjure up the magic that made scores of Hollywood films into spectacular viewing experiences, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, to Avatar,  Prometheus and the 2005 remake of King Kong. The New York native, who died …