Terence Bayler

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Terence Bayler
Born (1930-01-24) 24 January 1930 (age 85)
Wanganui, New Zealand
Occupation Actor

Terence Bayler (born 24 January 1930) is a New Zealand-born stage and screen actor,

Early life[edit]

Bayler was born in Wanganui, the son of Amy (née Allomes) and Harold Bayler, a stagehand.[1] His first film appearance was a starring role in New Zealand film Broken Barrier (1952). Since then, Bayler has spent the majority of his six-decade long acting career in England, although he also appeared in 1981 New Zealand feature Pictures and BBC mini-series The Other Side of Paradise (1992), filmed partly in Raratonga.

Broken Barrier was the only locally made feature shot in New Zealand during the 1950s. Bayler starred as a young journalist who falls in love with a Maori woman.[2] The film won healthy audiences in hits home territory. It was directed by Roger Mirams and John O'Shea – O'Shea went on to direct the only New Zealand feature films made in the 60s, drama Runaway and musical Don't Let it Get You.

Bayler was given stitches above an eye after he was injured in a sword fight with actor Jon Finch (playing Macbeth) during the shooting of Roman Polanski's 1971 film of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Bayler played Macduff.

Bayler's associations with Monty Python date from 1975 when he appeared in Eric Idle's BBC TV series Rutland Weekend Television. This led to his appearance as Leggy Mountbatten, manager of fictional Beatles-parody band The Rutles, in American-made TV movie All You Need Is Cash (1978). Idle also cast him in his play Pass The Butler.

He played the Bloody Baron in the Harry Potter films. He had a small role as Mr. Gregory in Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979), and appeared in two more of Python member Terry Gilliam's films, Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985).

Television and film[edit]

Year Title Role
1952 Broken Barrier Tom
1966 Doctor Who Yendom
1969 Doctor Who Major Barrington
1971 Macbeth Macduff
1975 Upstairs, Downstairs Darrow Morton
1975 Rutland Weekend Television various
1977 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Cardinal
1978 All You Need Is Cash Leggy Mountbatten
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Mr. Gregory
1981 Time Bandits Lucien
1981 Pictures John Rochfort
1985 Brazil TV Commercial Presenter
1993 The Remains of the Day Trimmer
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone The Bloody Baron
2008 Chemical Wedding Professor Brent


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