Neil McCarthy (actor)

Neil McCarthy (actor)
Neil McCarthy
Born Eugene Neil McCarthy
26 July 1932(1932-07-26)[1][2]
Lincoln, England
Died 6 February 1985(1985-02-06) (aged 52)
Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Occupation actor

Neil McCarthy (26 July 1932 - 6 February 1985) was a British actor known for his dramatic physical appearance. He was also a gifted linguist and pianist.



His father was a dentist and he was educated at Stamford School and Trinity College Dublin and he trained as a teacher. He then appeared on stage at Oxford repertory theatre, at the Edinburgh Festival and in the West End of London.[1]

McCarthy's film credits include memorable roles as a Welsh soldier in Zulu (1964), as Sergeant Jock McPherson in Where Eagles Dare (1968), as well as performances as the villain Calibos in Clash of the Titans and in Time Bandits (1981). His television credits include: Man of the World, Danger Man, The Avengers, The Saint, Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Catweazle, 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, 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.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Who's Who on Television, Independent Television Publications Ltd 1970

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