'Star Trek' actor Pataki dies at 72

Said to be first 'Trek' character to speak Klingon

Michael Pataki, a prolific and versatile character actor said to be the first to speak Klingon on "Star Trek," died April 15 of cancer in North Hollywood. He was 72.

In the movies, Pataki portrayed a nasty biker in "The Dirt Gang" (1972), a bloodsucker in "Grave of the Vampire" (1974) and a hijacker in "Airport '77." Other credits include "The Onion Field" (1979), "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988).

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Pataki played the Klingon villain Korax in the 1967 "Star Trek" episode "The Trouble With Tribbles." He also voiced George Liquor on "The Ren & Stimpy Show."