Michael Pataki obituary

Michael Pataki as a Klingon in "The Trouble with Tribbles"

Michael Pataki as a Klingon in "The Trouble with Tribbles"

Variety reports that  Michael Pataki has died of cancer at the age of 72. The character actor appeared in numerous films and television episodes, often as a villain, including appearances as Klingons in STAR TREK and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Pataki’s other horror, fantasy, and science fiction credits include THE BAT PEOPLE, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, DEAD AND BURIED, HALLOWEEN 4, BEYOND WESTWORLD, DRACULA’S DOG, THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA, and BATMAN.

Although most often cast in supporting roles, Pataki gave a memorable lead performance as the loathsome vampire Caleb Croft in the low-budget exploitation cult film GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE (1974). A far cry from the seductive sophistication of Count Dracula, Pataki effectively played the character as a savage who delighted in making his meals as messy as possible.

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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