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Neil McCarthy
Occupation: Actor
Birthdate: July 26, 1933
Birthplace: Lincoln, England, UK
Education: Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 6, 1985
Character: Jock MacPherson

During his early acting career, Neil appeared as Joe Gargery in Great Expectations and as Hugh in Barnaby Rudge, both critically acclaimed Dickens plays made by the BBC. He also featured in a number of much-loved films, including Zulu (Michael Caine and Stanley Baker), Where Eagles Dare (Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood), Clash of the Titans (Laurence Olivier) and Time Bandits (Sean Connery).

Educated at the Stamford School, Lincolnshire, Neil then went on to Trinity College, Dublin where he studied Modern Languages. After his studies, Neil spent a short period of time at the Oxford Playhouse.

Comedy was also close to Neil’s heart. He was great friends with the late Carry-on actress Hattie Jacques and appeared in the film versions of popular English comedies Steptoe and Son and George and Mildred.

Born in Lincoln in 1932, the late Neil McCarthy was commonly cast as the villain or as a mysterious character partly due to his stature and unusual looks, caused by an unfortunate medical condition. However in reality, Neil was actually a softly spoken man with a dry sense of humour and whose talent as accomplished musician, particularly on piano, was only ever seen in private.

His cult TV appearances included a co-starring role along side Michael Crawford in an episode of Some Mother’s Do Ave ‘Em. Other numerous appearances included Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker), The Professionals (Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins), The Avengers (Patrick McNee and Honor Blackman) and The Saint (Roger Moore).

Neil lived alone in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England and died peacefully on 6 February 1985, aged 53, from Motor Neurone Disease.

Selected Films
Sunset Pass - 1946
Sands of the Desert - 1960
Criminal, The - 1960
Offbeat - 1961

Pot Carriers, The - 1962
Zulu - 1964
Young Detective, The - 1964
Hill, The - 1965

Two Left Feet - 1965
Solo for Sparrow - 1965
Confident Course, The - 1965
Boneyard, The (TV) - 1966

Catweazle (TV-series) - 1969
Where Eagles Dare - 1969
When the Bough Breaks (TV) - 1971
Public Eye, The - 1972

Steptoe and Son Ride Again - 1973
Operation Daybreak - 1976
Measure for Measure - 1978
Time Bandits - 1980

Monster Club, The - 1980
Shogun (TV-series) - 1980
Clash of the Titans - 1981
Ten Little Indians - 1989

Mutator - 1991
Sherlock Holmes and Incident at Victoria Falls - 1991
Lost World, The - 1992
Friends - 1993

User Comments:

Edward Lewis (2008-09-01)
I always liked him having seen him in this film as a good guy!
Bart (2009-05-11)
I had no doubt the very first i saw the guy on this film. I was sure that the casting was meant to distract the audience and that he is a good guy...;-)
Bart (2009-05-11)
first time - i mean
John Hobson (2010-11-17)
This entry credits him with films after his death.According to IMDB he was 51 on his death.
Martyn (2011-04-24)
He is 1 of those actors you never hear or have heard of but 1 that interests you greatly like he interested me.
GILBERT D WHITE (2012-01-24)
Fantastic also in Who Pays The Ferryman in the BBC production. Much missed.
dave (2012-02-06)
splendid actor just watched him in catweasle.all ut catweasle are alas nomore.very good actor and a yorkshire man 2
terryt (2012-08-27)
He also appeared in a episode of The Other One (Richard Briers/Michael Gambon) in 1978
charlie (2012-10-20)
dont like the surname, to corkish for me
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