Neil McCarthy (actor)

Eugene Neil McCarthy (26 July 1932 – 6 February 1985).[1][2][3] was an English actor known for his dramatic physical appearance caused by acromegaly.[4] He was also a talented linguist and pianist.[5]

Neil McCarthy
Actor Neil McCarthy.jpg
McCarthy in Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973)
Born
Eugene Neil McCarthy

(1932-07-26)26 July 1932
Died6 February 1985(1985-02-06) (aged 52)
OccupationActor
Years active1959–1982

Early lifeEdit

Born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, the son of dentist Eugene Charles McCarthy (1899-1954) and Beatrice Annie (née Corney, 1901-1978),[6][7][8][9][10] McCarthy was educated at Stamford School and Trinity College Dublin, and trained as a teacher.[11]

CareerEdit

After his teacher training, McCarthy appeared in repertory theatre in Oxford, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in the West End.[11]

McCarthy's film credits include memorable roles as a Welsh soldier in Zulu (1964), as Sergeant Jock McPherson in Where Eagles Dare (1967), as Gates in The Ruffians (1973), as the villain Calibos in Clash of the Titans (1981) and as a robber in Time Bandits (1981).[12] His television credits include: Man of the World, Danger Man, The Avengers, The Saint, Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, Great Expectations, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Catweazle, My Wife Next Door (A Sense of Movement), Softly, Softly: Taskforce, Department S, Who Pays the Ferryman?, Return of the Saint, Doctor Who (in the serials The Mind of Evil and The Power of Kroll), Enemy at the Door, Shogun, The Professionals, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Only When I Laugh, The Gentle Touch and Emmerdale Farm, and the television adaptation of the Lord Peter Wimsey novel, The Nine Tailors.

He died of motor neurone disease[13] in Fordingbridge, Hampshire in 1985, aged 52.[14]

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "McCARTHY, Neil" BFI Film & TV Database. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Neil McCarthy birth GRO index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Neil McCarthy gravestone". FindAGrave. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  4. ^ Stampede, Pete. "Neil McCarthy". The Avengers Forever. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  5. ^ http://theavengers.tv/forever/pnote-mccarthy.htm
  6. ^ "McCarthy-Corney marriage GRO index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  7. ^ "E McCarthy birth GRO index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  8. ^ "E McCarthy GRO death index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  9. ^ "B Corney birth GRO index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  10. ^ "B McCarthy GRO death index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  11. ^ a b Who's Who on Television, Independent Television Publications Ltd 1970
  12. ^ "Neil McCarthy - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  13. ^ Hershman, Gabriel (April 2013). Send in the Clowns - The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry. ISBN 9781291270976.
  14. ^ http://theavengers.tv/forever/pnote-mccarthy.htm
  15. ^ "Great Expectations". Retrieved 8 June 2019 – via www.imdb.com.

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