Neil McCarthy (actor)

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Neil McCarthy
Actor Neil McCarthy.jpg
McCarthy in 1978
Born (1932-07-26)26 July 1932
Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
Died 13 August 1985(1985-08-13) (aged 53)
Winchester, Hampshire, England
Cause of death Motor neurone disease
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959–1982

Neil McCarthy (26 July 1932 – 13 August 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 Spalding, Lincolnshire, the son of a dentist, Neil McCarthy was educated at Stamford School and Trinity College, Dublin and 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 Gates in The Ruffians (1973), as the villain Calibos in Clash of the Titans (1981) and as a robber in Time Bandits (1981).[4] 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, Only When I Laugh, 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[5] in Winchester, Hampshire in 1985, aged 53.



  1. ^ "McCARTHY, Neil". BFI Film & TV Database. Retrieved 2 July 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
  4. ^ "Neil McCarthy - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  5. ^ "Send in the Clowns - The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry". 

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