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TV Diary: Paying homage to some stars who left us in 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

My last two columns of 2013 will focus on some of the TV and movie celebrities who have died this year. While a longer, more complete list of celebrity deaths will appear Tuesday in our Year in Review coverage, I will pay homage to some of the stars I remember.

He may have been Syrian, but many will remember Michael Ansara played Cochise on “Broken Arrow.” Ansara also played Gen. Warhawk on the “Rambo” TV series and Kang on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” Ansara suffered from Alzheimer's and died at 91 on July 31.

Malachi Throne, Dennis Burkley and Ed Lauter were among the great character actors.

Throne is best remembered as Noah Bain on “It Takes a Thief.” He appeared on “The Big Valley,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Melrose Place” and “The West Wing.” He died at 84 of lung cancer March 13.

Burkley was the big tough guy who usually was typecast as a biker or trucker and fought in barroom brawls. He appeared as a wrestler in “Starsky & Hutch,” as Cal Pettie in “Sanford,” was the impound owner in “My Name Is Earl” and provided the voice to Principal Moss on “King of the Hill.” He died at 67 on July 14.

Lauter usually appeared in roles of authority. He was a sheriff on “The A-Team,” a doctor on “The Streets of San Francisco,” a sheriff on “B.J. and the Bear,” a general on “Golden Years” and a fire captain on “ER.” He died Oct. 16 at age 74.