Saturday, 7 March 2015

RIP Hugh Walters

News of the death of character actor Hugh Walters at the age of 75 seems to have been somewhat slow to disseminate, given that he passed away on 13th February this year (indeed his IMDB entry still doesn't possess this information) 

Born in Mexborough, Yorkshire in 1939, Walters was prone to play the prissy and officious in a long and varied career that took in stage, film and TV. He started out in The Larkins opposite David Kossoff and Peggy Mount in the early 60s and also played Smike in a 1968 adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby.
He starred opposite three Doctors in Doctor Who - opposite William Hartnell in 1965's The Chase (as Shakespeare no less!) Tom Baker in 1976's classic adventure The Deadly Assassin and lastly opposite Colin Baker - and forming a delightful double act with Eleanor Bron's villainess  - in 1985's Revelation of the Daleks. He was also one of the three actors to play the character of Vic Thatcher in the first series of Terry Nation's Survivors and appeared in the likes of Jason King, The New Avengers (twice in fact) and The Adventurer. He was also Hunter in the Callan one off, Wet Job and was a regular in comedies like The Fenn Street Gang, Chance in a Million and The Russ Abbot Show. He also played Charles Hawtry in the Carry On biopic Cor, Blimey! and had roles in film's such as 1984 and Brimstone and Treacle.


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