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Actor Michael Pataki Dies

Michael Pataki was a leading character actor from the 1960s, who was best known for his roles in cult horror films. Pataki starred as Caleb Croft, a vicious vampire rapist whose offspring (William Smith) seeks his destruction in 1974’s Grave of the Vampire, and was Count Dracula and his modern-day descendant Michael Drake in Albert Band’s cult classic Dracula’s Dog (aka Zoltan, Hound of Dracula).

Pataki was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on January 16, 1938. He studied drama and political science at the University of Southern California. He made his film debut in the late 1950s, and appeared frequently on television, often in villainous roles. He was featured in episodes of The Twilight Zone, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, My Favorite Martian, Batman as bat-villain King Tut’s henchman Amenophis Tewfik, Mission: Impossible, and Mr. Terrific. He starred as Korax, the Klingon, in the classic Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles,
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Character Actor Pataki Dies

  • WENN
Character actor Michael Pataki has lost his battle with cancer, aged 72.

Pataki, an accomplished voiceover actor, film and television star, died on 15 April. The type of cancer was not specified.

His film credits include Rocky IV, the villains in Grave of the Vampire and Airport '77, The Onion Field, The Dirt Gang, The Baby and The Bat People.

Pataki also made a guest appearance on the original Star Trek TV series, and enjoyed other small screen roles on shows including The Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun, Bonanza, The Green Hornet and The Amazing Spider-Man series.

He also provided the voice of the Sewer King in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series and cartoon character, George Liquor for the Ren and Stimpy production house.

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