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Pataki in 1974
January 16, 1938|
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||April 15, 2010
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, Voice Actor|
Pataki was born in Youngstown, Ohio. His father was Hungarian. He attended the University of Southern California with a double major in Political Science and Drama. His career was launched at a summer stock festival in Edinburgh in 1966, with a review that read, "Michael Pataki went beyond the bounds of mere nationality in his tense and moving interpretation of Jerry in Zoo Story". Pataki was so well loved that at a reception for the theatre group acclaimed English actor Laurence Harvey, whom Pataki had never met, said he was magnificent and gave him a kiss on the mouth.
Pataki had appeared in numerous television productions, from the black and white days of Playhouse 90, The Twilight Zone, and My Favorite Martian, to early color shows like The Flying Nun, Bonanza, All in the Family, Batman (episodes 41 and 42), Mannix, and The Green Hornet. Pataki was also a regular on Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers and The Amazing Spider-Man, and had a re-occurring role on McCloud as well. One of his most famous roles was as "Korax", the loudmouthed Klingon who started the bar fight in "The Trouble With Tribbles" episode of Star Trek.
He also played Governor Karnas on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Too Short a Season" and George Liquor in the episodes of The Ren and Stimpy Show entitled "Dog Show" and "Man's Best Friend". He was also the voice of The Cow in Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (along with many other secondary characters). Pataki played a guest spot on Happy Days Season 4 as Count Malachi, one half of the Malachi Brothers. He was made famous on Happy Days for his line "Let the pigeons loose".
Pataki's film credits include Rocky IV (1985), in which he played Nicoli Koloff, the sports administrator for the Soviet team. His early roles include one of the mimes in Easy Rider (1969), and J.C. in The Sidehackers (1969). He was Dr. Stone's lab assistant in The Andromeda Strain (1971) and the district attorney in The Onion Field (1979). Other notable films include Carnal Madness (1975), Airport '77 (1977), Superdome (1978), When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (1978), Love at First Bite (1979), The Glove (1979), Disaster on the Coastliner (1979), Raise the Titanic (1980), High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (1980), Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985) and American Anthem (1986).
Pataki has also had his fair share of B-movie roles. In Dracula's Dog (1978), he played opposite Reggie Nalder and José Ferrer as a descendant of Dracula who is stalked by a vampiric Doberman Pinscher. Other horror titles include The Return of Count Yorga (1971), Grave of the Vampire (1972), The Baby (1973), The Bat People (1974), Graduation Day (1981), Dead and Buried (1981), Sweet Sixteen (1983) and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). He also directed Richard Basehart in Mansion of the Doomed (1977).
Pataki directed the 1977 film version of Cinderella. He also co-produced the filming of the stage presentation of Pippin with David Sheehan, starring William Katt. Pataki was also an accomplished voice over artist, playing the part of the Sewer King in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series. He was the voice of George Liquor for Ren and Stimpy production house Spümcø, voicing the character in The Goddamn George Liquor Program. Pataki died from cancer on April 15, 2010 at the age of 72.
- Michael Pataki at the Internet Movie Database
- Michael Pataki at AllMovie
- Michael Pataki at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)