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|Born||Ole Krohn Pooley
13 March 1914
Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Irlin Hall (1946–?)
Gabrielle Beaumont (1982–?) (separated)
|Children||Kirstie Pooley (born 1954)
Olaf Pooley (born 13 March 1914) is an English actor and writer. Pooley was born of an English father and Danish mother in Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, England. He studied architecture and then painting in London. In 1946 he married actress Irlin Hall and together they had a daughter, the actress Kirstie Pooley (born 1954) and son comedian Seyton Pooley. In 1982 he married director Gabrielle Beaumont, although they are now separated.
He wrote and appeared in the film The Corpse (released in the United States as Crucible of Horror), starring Michael Gough, and wrote, directed and appeared in The Johnstown Monster. He also wrote the screenplay for a film version of Bernard Taylor's The Godsend. Beaumont directed the film. Pooley's other writing credits include the 1982 TV film Falcon's Gold and being an uncredited writer on the 1985 sci-fi horror film Lifeforce. Pooley's TV guest appearances since the 1950s include Dixon of Dock Green, Paul Temple, Jason King, MacGyver and Star Trek: Voyager. He played Professor Stahlman and his parallel Earth counterpart Director Stahlmann in the Doctor Who serial Inferno (1970). He also played Lars Torvik in the first episode of The Sandbaggers ("First Principles", 1978). His other appearances include the 1958 BBC Radio play Ambrose In Paris and Sebastian in a 1956 film production of The Tempest. Pooley had a major career in West End theatre appearing in such notable productions such as Noël Coward's Peace In Our Time and Shakespeare's The Tempest and Othello.
Pooley is one of only 28 actors to appear in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises. He emigrated to the United States in 1986 and lives in Southern California, with an art studio in Santa Monica where he devotes his time to painting. He turned 100 in March 2014 and became the oldest surviving Doctor Who actor with the death of Zohra Sehgal on 10 July 2014. Pooley became the oldest surviving Star Trek actor with the death of Ellen Albertini Dow on 4 May 2015.
- The Huggetts Abroad (1949)
- The Lost People (1949)
- Highly Dangerous (1950)
- She Shall Have Murder (1950)
- Hell is Sold Out (1951)
- The Woman's Angle (1952)
- Top Secret (1952)
- The Gamma People (1956)
- Windom's Way (1957)
- Left Right and Centre (1959)
- Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
- The Password Is Courage (1962)
- Naked Evil (1966)
- The Assassination Bureau (1969)
- The Corpse (1971)
- Charlie Muffin (1979)
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- Olaf Pooley at the Internet Movie Database
- Olaf Pooley's filmography on the New York Times website
- Film and TV appearances of Olaf Pooley at TV.com