Deep Roy

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Deep Roy
Born Mohinder Purba
(1957-12-01) 1 December 1957 (age 56)
Nairobi, Kenya
Occupation Actor, stuntman, puppeteer
Years active 1976–present

Gurdeep Roy (born Mohinder Purba; 1 December 1957), sometimes credited as Roy Deep, Gordeep Roy, or Deep Roy, is a Kenyan-born Indian-English actor, stuntman, and puppeteer. Due to his diminutive size, he has appeared in a number of similar-sized roles, such as the Oompa-Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Keenser in Star Trek, and in television series such as The X-Files and Eastbound & Down.[1]

Career[edit]

Roy made his professional screen acting debut in a 1976 episode of The New Avengers entitled "Target!" as character named Klokoe. He would later make his film debut that same year, in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, as the Italian Assassin. Another early role was as Mr. Sin, the "pig-brained Peking Homonculus", a villain with a distinct appetite for homicide, in the Doctor Who serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang. In 1979, Roy also played a genetically engineered life form 'Decima' in the 1st season Blake's 7 episode "The Web" as well as the diminutive chess genius, 'The Klute', in the 2nd season Blake's 7 episode "Gambit".

He has played apes in two movies: Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and again in the Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes (2001) in two roles: one as a young gorilla boy and as Thade's niece. He has worked for Burton in three other films, Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)[2] and Corpse Bride (also 2005) where he supplied General Bonesapart's voice. He played all the Oompa-Loompas (165 of them) in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Deep had extensive training for the role in dance, yoga, and even some minor instrument playing.

He has done many other roles in movies and on television, including The X-Files, Flash Gordon, Return to Oz (as the Tin Woodsman), Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal as a puppeteer extra, The NeverEnding Story as Teeny Weeny, the rider of the "racing snail", Alien from L.A., Howling VI: The Freaks as Mr Toones and Return of the Jedi as Droopy McCool and in The Haunted Mansion.

He appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) as an Egyptian guard and in the film Star Trek (also 2009) as Keenser, Montgomery Scott's assistant on the ice planet Delta Vega. Roy played a green man while doing a commercial shoot for Ozocleanse. In one of his more prominent speaking roles, Roy played Aaron, a violent Mumbai-born Mexican criminal, in second season of the HBO comedy, Eastbound & Down. Deep starred as Sandeep Majumdar in the 2012 short film The Ballad of Sandeep.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again Italian assassin
1978 Benji's Very Own Christmas Story Key elf Uncredited
1979 Licensed to Love and Kill Dwarf
1979 Die Brut des Bösen Van Bullock
1980 Flash Gordon Fellini
1982 The Sender
1982 The Dark Crystal Additional performer
1983 Mini Gulliver Mini Gull
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Droopy McCool Uncredited
1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Primate sequences
1984 The NeverEnding Story Teeny Weeny Voice dubbed over
1985 Return to Oz Tin Man
1985 Starship Grid not Kid
1986 Weekend Warriors Little girl Uncredited
1987 Going Bananas Bonzo
1988 Alien from L.A. Mambino
1989 Rising Storm Joker Arroyo
1989 Lethal Woman Grizabella
1990 Disturbed Marty
1991 Howling VI: The Freaks Toones
1992 The Resurrected Main monster
1993 Freaked George Ramirez #3
1994 Dickwad Little telephone bully
1995 Under the Hula Moon Bus driver
1998 Mafia! Small hitman Uncredited
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Post office clerk
2001 Planet of the Apes Gorilla kid / Thade's niece
2003 The Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking ghost
2003 Big Fish Mr. Soggybottom
2004 Surviving Eden Indian Mo
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Oompa-Loompas
2005 Corpse Bride General Bonesapart Voice
2009 Star Trek Keenser
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Egyptian guard
2012 Zambezia Mushana Voice
2013 Paranormal Movie Demon
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Keenser

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 The New Avengers Klokoe Episode: "Target!"
1977–1986 Doctor Who Mr. Sin
Possican delegate
7 episodes
1978–1980 Blake's 7 Decima
The Klute
Moloch
Link
4 episodes
1989 Desperado: The Outlaw Wars Uncredited
2001 The X-Files Beggar Man Season 8, Episode 10: "Badlaa"
2010 Eastbound & Down Aaron

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Movies & TV: Deep Roy". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  2. ^ Scott, A.O. (July 15, 2005). "Looking for the Candy, Finding a Back Story ". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "The Ballad of Sandeep". Retrieved September 11, 2013.

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