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13 March 1914 |
Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Irlin Hall (1946–?)
Gabrielle Beaumont (1982–?) (separated)
|Children||Kirstie Pooley (born 1954)
Pooley married actress Irlin Hall in 1946 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, entitled 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 a handful of actors to appear in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises and is, as of 2014, the second oldest living Star Trek actor after Ellen Albertini Dow and the second oldest living Doctor Who actor after Zohra Sehgal. He lives in Southern California where he devotes his time to painting.
- 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)
- U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
- Scott, Vernon (Jul. 21 1986). "Woman director faces screen barrier". UPI Arts & Entertainment.
- 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
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