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Actor Michael Pataki Dies

27 April 2010 10:49 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

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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