Angelo Muscat in Prisoner
September 24, 1930
|Died||October 10, 1977
Angelo Muscat (24 September 1930 – 10 October 1977) was a Maltese-born film and television character actor.
Muscat was born in Malta to a policeman father; distinctly diminutive at only 4 ft 3 in (1.3 m), both his parents were over 6ft in height, as were his three brothers. Muscat initially found work as a kitchen porter and then a stoker at an RAF base in Malta. After the death of his parents and finding himself largely alone he moved to England where he worked in a zip-fastener factory. In 1961 he joined a production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" that was to tour the United Kingdom. Moving into television, he played a Chumbley in the serial 'Galaxy 4' of the then new television series Doctor Who starring William Hartnell, played the part of a clown in the ITV series Emergency Ward 10 and appeared as the Queen's Servant in the 1966 BBC television adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
He was one of only three regulars in the 1960s cult television series The Prisoner, the other two being Patrick McGoohan and Peter Swanwick (the Supervisor). Muscat played the notably mute butler, appearing in 14 of the 17 episodes. He played an Oompa-Loompa in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (uncredited, 1971). He also appeared in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour.
During his latter years he lived alone and vitually penniless in a basement flat in North London. He found it difficult to find acting work and to supplement his income made ornate birdcages by hand.
Muscat died from natural causes aged 47 in St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.
Each year, on October 10, a small group of enthusiasts dubbed the "Friends of Angelo Muscat" (FOAM) celebrate his life.
- Doctor Who, episode Galaxy 4 (1965)
- Alice in Wonderland (1966)
- The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
- The Prisoner (1968)
- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- Angelo Muscat at the Internet Movie Database
- Angelo Muscat on the 'Who's Who of Short People' website
- Muscat on Find a Grave
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