Kuri was an officer in the Klingon Imperial Fleet during the late 23rd century. During the late 2260s, Kuri held the rank of commander and served as the commanding officer of a Klingon battle cruiser. (TAS: "The Time Trap")

As a product of 22nd century genetic engineering, Kuri was descended from Klingons affected with the augment virus created in 2154. (ENT: "Divergence")

In 2269, Kuri took part in a mouse trap tactic with the IKS Klothos and another battle cruiser during an attempt to capture the USS Enterprise. After the Klothos disappeared, Kuri contacted the Enterprise and threatened revenge upon it after it appeared the Enterprise had destroyed the other Klingon vessel. (TAS: "The Time Trap")

The voice of Kuri was provided by George Takei.
In the first draft script of "The Time Trap", Kuri held the rank of admiral and was described as "a heavy-set man, with a Fu Manchu beard and mustache, and is bedecked with military decorations. His voice is deep and his manner overbearing throughout." In the episode's final draft script, Kuri was instead a commander, but the description of him remained virtually the same, apart from the fact that the line about him being "bedecked with military decorations" was omitted.
Ultimately, the image of Kuri was a reuse of an image of Koloth that originally appeared in "More Tribbles, More Troubles".
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