Neil McCarthy (actor)

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Neil McCarthy
Born Eugene Neil McCarthy
(1932-07-26)26 July 1932
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Died 6 February 1985(1985-02-06) (aged 52)
Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959-1982

Neil McCarthy (26 July 1932 – 6 February 1985)[1] was a British actor known for his dramatic physical appearance caused by acromegaly.[2] He was also a gifted linguist and pianist.

Early life[edit]

Born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Neil McCarthy's father was a dentist and he was educated at Stamford School and Trinity College Dublin and he trained as a teacher.[3]


After his teacher training, McCarthy appeared on stage at Oxford repertory theatre, at the Edinburgh Festival and in the West End of London.[3]

McCarthy's film credits include memorable roles as a Welsh soldier in Zulu (1964), as Sergeant Jock McPherson in Where Eagles Dare (1968), as the villain Calibos in Clash of the Titans (1981) and as a robber in Time Bandits (1981). His television credits include: Man of the World, Danger Man, The Avengers, The Saint, Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Catweazle, My Wife Next Door (A Sense of Movement), Softly, Softly: Taskforce, Department S, Who Pays the Ferryman?, Return of the Saint, Doctor Who (in the serials The Mind of Evil and The Power of Kroll), Enemy at the Door, Shogun, The Professionals, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, The Gentle Touch and Emmerdale Farm, and the television adaptation of the Lord Peter Wimsey novel, The Nine Tailors.

He died of motor neurone disease in Fordingbridge, Hampshire on 6 February 1985 aged 52.



  1. ^ "McCARTHY, Neil". BFI Film & TV Database. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  2. ^ Stampede, Pete. "Neil McCarthy". The Avengers Forever. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Who's Who on Television, Independent Television Publications Ltd 1970

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