24 September 1930
|Died||10 October 1977 (aged 47)|
Muscat was born on 24 September 1930 in Malta to a policeman father. He was distinctly diminutive at only 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m), although both his parents and his three brothers were over 6 ft (1.8 m) in height. Muscat initially found work as a kitchen porter and then as 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 Muscat joined a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that was to tour the United Kingdom. Moving into television, he played a Chumbley robot in the Doctor Who serial Galaxy 4 (1965), played the part of a clown in the ITV series Emergency – Ward 10 and appeared as the Queen's Servant in the BBC television adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (1966).
Muscat appeared in the television series The Prisoner (1967-1968) with Patrick McGoohan, appearing in 14 of the 17 episodes as the mute butler. He played an Oompa-Loompa in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (uncredited, 1971). He also appeared in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour (1967).
During his later years, Muscat lived alone and virtually penniless in a basement flat in North London. He found it difficult to find acting work, and to supplement his income he made ornate birdcages by hand.
Each year, on 10 October a small group of enthusiasts dubbed the "Friends of Angelo Muscat" (FOAM) celebrate his life.
TV and filmography
|1965||Doctor Who||Chumbley Operator / Chumblie||Episode: "Galaxy 4"|
|1966||Alice in Wonderland||Queen's Servant||uncredited|
|1967||The Prisoner||The Butler|
|Magical Mystery Tour||Catching Dwarf||uncredited|
|1971||Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory||Oompa Loompa||uncredited, final film role|
- "Angelo Muscat". Doctor Who News.
- The Unmutual Website - Village People: Cast & Crew Profiles