Ian McCulloch (actor)

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Ian McCulloch
Born (1939-11-18) 18 November 1939 (age 79)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active1967–present

Ian McCulloch (born 18 November 1939) is a Scottish actor of stage, film, and television.[1]

McCulloch is perhaps best known for his role as Greg Preston in the post-apocalyptic 1975–77 TV series Survivors[2] and for his work in European genre cinema.[2]


McCulloch debuted in the second episode, "Genesis", of Survivors. He also starred in the Italian horror films Zombie Flesh Eaters also known as Zombi II (1979) by Lucio Fulci,[1] Zombi Holocaust[2] (1980) by Marino Girolami, and Contamination[2] (1980) by Luigi Cozzi.

Zombie Flesh Eaters was originally banned in the United Kingdom as part of the 1980s campaign against "video nasties".[2] McCulloch stated that he did not see the film in its entirety, or on a big screen, until years later.[2]

Over the years, McCulloch has had supporting roles in studio films like Where Eagles Dare[2] (1968) with Richard Burton[2] and Clint Eastwood,[2] and Cromwell[2] (1970) with Alec Guinness and Richard Harris.[2] In addition, he has appeared in successful independent films, most notably The Ghoul (1975) with Peter Cushing and John Hurt.

He has also guest starred in many TV series, including: Manhunt (1969); Colditz (1974), as the mysterious Larry Page in "Odd Man In"; Secret Army (1977); Return of the Saint (1978); Hammer House of Horror (1980); The Professionals (1980), episode "Mixed Doubles", in which he played the physical fitness and close quarters combat instructor of Bodie and Doyle; and the Doctor Who serial Warriors of the Deep[1] (1984).

TV and filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Behind the Scenes of Total Hell: The Jamie Gunn Chronicles Charles Leeson
1994 The Tales of Para Handy Laird Fergusson 1 Episode
1991 City Lights Dr. Shepherd 1 Episode "The Haunting of Willie Melvin"
1991 Agatha Christie's Poirot Jonathan Maltravers 1 Episode "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor"
1990 Taggart Donald Gillan / Donald Martin 2 Episodes (1985, 1990)
1989 Children's Ward Dr. McKeown 12 Episodes
1988 Brookside Morrison 2 Episodes
1985 Bergerac Walt Mitchell 1 Episode
1985 Dempsey and Makepeace Archie McAllister 1 Episode
1984 Doctor Who Nilson 4 Episodes "Warriors of the Deep", parts 1-4
1982 Moonlighting Boss Lookalike 1 Episode
1981 Diamonds Barry Coleman 12 Episodes
1980 The Professionals Macklin 1 Episode "Mixed Doubles"
1980 Ladykillers John Inglis 1 Episode
1980 Contamination Cmdr. Ian Hubbard
1980 Hammer House of Horror Dr. Charles Henderson 1 Episode "Witching Time"
1980 Doctor Butcher, M.D. Dr. Peter Chandler Alternate Titles: Zombi Holocaust, Zombie 3
1980 High Road Derek Conway 1 Episode
1979 Zombie Peter West Alternate titles: Zombi 2, Zombie Flesh Eaters
1979 Running Blind Jack Case 2 Episodes
1978 Return of the Saint Inspector Stone 1 Episode "The Arrangement"
1977 Secret Army Malaud 1 Episode "Child's Play"
1977 Survivors Greg Preston 26 Episodes (1975–77); Writer 3 Episodes
1975 The Ghoul Geoffrey
1975 The Nearly Man Peter Richards 4 Episodes
1974 Sutherland's Law 1 Episode
1974 The Aweful Mr. Goodall Henry Mullard 1 Episode
1974 Colditz Larry Page 1 Episode "Odd Man In"
1974 Soft Beds, Hard Battles Colonel Braun
1973 Crown Court The Rev. Frank Warrender 3 Episodes
1971 I, Monster Man at Bar
1971 The Search for the Nile Capt. James Grant 3 Episodes
1970 Menace Croxley 1 Episode "The Innocent"
1970 Dr. Finlay's Casebook Willie / Andie Watson 2 Episodes (1968, 1970)
1970 Cromwell John Hampden
1970 Manhunt David Mainwaring 2 Episodes
1969 The Borderers Robin Graham 5 Episodes (1968-9)
1968 Where Eagles Dare German Officer
1968 The Flight of the Heron Ewen Cameron 2 Episodes
1967 Man in a Suitcase Kemp 1 Episode "Sweet Sue"
1967 It! Detective Wayne
1967 The Revenue Men Major Cross 1 Episode "Deadly Cargo"


  1. ^ a b c "Ian McCulloch". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Zombies, Clint Eastwood and the local actor who is a horror icon". News & Star. 18 January 2010.

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