Geoffrey Bayldon 1924 - 2017

Written by Martin Unsworth Thursday, 11 May 2017

Movie News

STARBURST is very saddened to learn of the death of veteran actor Geoffrey Bayldon, aged 93.

Known and loved by many for his iconic portrayals of the children’s TV characters Catweazle and the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge, he was once a constant face on TV and film. As well as those roles that sealed his fate in the hearts of a generation, he appeared in the Doctor Who serial The Creature from the Pit in 1979, after actually turning down the chance to play the Doctor himself twice (in the original run and his first regeneration). He later voiced an alternative First Doctor in two Big Finish stories.

On the cinema screen, he was an equally familiar face, with well-remembered parts in Hammer’s Dracula (1958) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) as well as Amicus anthology favourites The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Asylum (1972), and Tales from the Crypt (1972).

With 219 credits to his name, he was nothing but prolific, and his appearance always brought a smile to the face of many people ‘of a certain age’ who were practically brought up with him constantly on the small screen. While Geoffrey had been retired from acting for several years (his last appearance was in My Family in 2010), he will still be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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