Sylvester McCoy at The Television & Movie Store, Norwich, England, on 12 April 2008. Events 467 - Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common
|Born||Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith|
20 August 1943
Sylvester McCoy (born Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith 20 August 1943) is a Scottish actor. Events 636 - Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Dunoon ( Dùn Omhain in Gaelic) is a resort town situated on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll, Scotland. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Events 636 - Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Acting is the work of an Actor or Actress, which is a person in Theatre, Television, Film, or any other Storytelling He is best known for playing the seventh incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1987 to 1989. The Seventh Doctor is a Fictional character, the seventh incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television The Doctor is the central character in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who, and also features in Science fiction first appeared on Television during the Golden age of science fiction, first in Britain (UK and then in the United States Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC.
McCoy was born in Dunoon, on the Cowal peninsula, to an Irish mother and English father. Dunoon ( Dùn Omhain in Gaelic) is a resort town situated on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll, Scotland. He was raised primarily in Dublin. Dublin (ˈdʌblɨn/ /ˈdʊblɨn or /ˈdʊbəlɪn/, bˠalʲə aːha klʲiəh or cliə(ɸ is both the largest city and capital of Ireland.  In his youth, he trained for the priesthood, but gave this up and spent time working in the insurance industry. He worked in The Roundhouse box office for a time, where he was discovered by Ken Campbell. The Roundhouse is an arts venue in London, England. The Roundhouse has hosted notable performers Morrissey, The Stranglers, Sonic Youth 
He came to prominence as a member of the comedy act "The Ken Campbell Roadshow". His best known act was as a stuntman character called "Sylveste McCoy" in a play entitled An Evening with Sylveste McCoy, where his stunts included putting a fork and nails up his nose and stuffing ferrets down his trousers, and setting his head on fire. The ferret is a domestic Mammal of the type Mustela putorius furo. As a joke, the programme notes listed Sylveste McCoy as played by "Sylveste McCoy" and, after a reviewer missed the joke and assumed that Sylveste McCoy was a real person, Kent-Smith adopted this as his stage name. A stage name, also called a screen name, is a Pseudonym used by Performers and Entertainers such as He was also reportedly a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones. A bodyguard (or "close protection officer" is a type of Security guard or government agent who protects a person—usually a famous wealthy or politically Some years later, on discovering that there were thirteen letters in 'Sylveste McCoy' and feeling that this might be unlucky, McCoy added an 'r' to the end of 'Sylveste'. Notable television appearances before he gained the role of the Doctor included roles in Vision On (where he played Pepe, a character who lived in the mirror), an O-Man in Jigsaw and Tiswas. Vision On was a British children's Television programme shown on BBC1 from 1964 to 1977 Jigsaw was a Children's BBC game show which was broadcast from 16 July, 1979 until 15 June, 1984. Tiswas was a Saturday morning children's British TV show which ran from 5 January 1974 to 3 April 1982 McCoy also portrayed, in one-man shows on the stage, two famous movie comedians: Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton. Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; June 16, 1890 &ndash February 23, 1965) was an English comic actor writer Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton ( October 4 1895 &ndash February 1 1966) was an Academy Award -winning American He also appeared as Henry "Birdie" Bowers in the 1985 television mini series about Robert Falcon Scott's last Antarctic expedition, The Last Place On Earth.
He took over the lead role of Doctor Who in 1987 from Colin Baker, and remained until the series was shelved in 1989 (see List of Doctor Who serials). Colin Baker (born London, 8 June 1943 is an English Actor who is best known for playing the sixth incarnation of the Doctor In the Film industry, a Film is considered shelved if it is not released for public viewing after Filming has started or even completed This is a list of Doctor Who television serials and episodes. He played the Doctor in the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time, and again in 1996, appearing in a cameo at the beginning of the Doctor Who television movie where he handed the role over to Paul McGann. Dimensions in Time is a charity special crossover between the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who and Paul McGann (born 14 November 1959 in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom) is an English actor who made his name on the BBC serial In his first series, McCoy, a comedy actor, portrayed the character with a degree of clown-like humour, but script editor Andrew Cartmel soon changed that when fans argued that the character (and plots) were becoming increasingly lightweight. A script editor is a member of the production team of scripted Television programmes usually dramas and comedies Andrew Cartmel is a British Science fiction writer and Journalist, and former Script editor of Doctor Who. The Seventh Doctor developed into a much darker figure than any of his earlier incarnations, manipulating people like chess pieces and always seeming to be playing a deeper game. McCoy generally approved of this, as it allowed him to play more of a dramatic role.
A distinguishing feature of McCoy's performances was his manner of speech. He used a slight Scottish accent and rolled his rs. At the start of his tenure he used proverbs and sayings adapted to his own ends (eg. "There's many a slap twixt cup and lap" — Delta and the Bannermen), although this characteristic was phased out during the later, darker series of his tenure. Delta and the Bannermen is a serial in the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast In 1990, readers of Doctor Who Magazine voted McCoy's Doctor "Best Doctor", over perennial favourite Tom Baker. Thomas Stewart "Tom" Baker (born 20 January 1934 is an English Actor.
At 5'6", he is the shortest man to play the Doctor.
McCoy's television roles since Doctor Who have included Michael Sams in the 1997 telemovie Beyond Fear, shown on the first night of broadcast of Five. Michael Sams (born August 11 1941) is an English rapist, kidnapper, Extortionist and Murderer who kidnapped Julie He has also returned to play the Seventh Doctor in a series of audio plays by Big Finish Productions. Big Finish Productions is a British company that produces books and audio plays (released straight to Compact disc and
In 1988, while still appearing in Doctor Who, McCoy presented a BBC children's programme called What's Your Story?, in which viewers were invited to phone in suggestions for the continuation of an ongoing drama. He returned to host a second run of the series in 1990.
He has also acted extensively in theatre in productions as diverse as pantomime and Molière. Theatre (or theater, see spelling differences) is the branch of the Performing arts defined by Bernard Beckerman as what "occurs when one Pantomime (informally panto) (not to be confused with a Mime artist, referring to a theatrical performer of mime is a performance genre traditionally found Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his Stage name, Molière, ( January 15, 1622 – February 17 1673) was a French He played the role of Snuff in the macabre BBC Radio 4 comedy series The Cabaret of Dr Caligari. The Cabaret of Dr Caligari was a BBC Radio 4 Comedy series first broadcast in 1991
Sylvester McCoy was the second choice to play the role of Bilbo Baggins in the Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Bilbo Baggins is the protagonist of The Hobbit and also makes an appearance in The Lord of the Rings, two of the most well-known of Peter Robert Jackson, CNZM (born 31 October 1961 is a three-time Academy Award -winning New Zealand director producer and writer best known for directing The Lord of the Rings film trilogy consists of three Live action Fantasy Epic films The Fellowship of the Ring ( 2001 
McCoy has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in 2001 and in King Lear in 2007, playing the Fool to Ian McKellen's Lear, a performance which made use of McCoy's ability to play the spoons. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC is a British Theatre company The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children by C Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606 and is considered one of his greatest works Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. A jester, joker, jokester, fool, wit-cracker, prankster, or buffoon is a member of a profession that came into popularity Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939 is an English stage and screen actor the Spoons can be played as a makeshift Percussion instrument, or more specifically an Idiophone related to the Castanets. The RSC production with McKellen and McCoy was staged in Melbourne, Australia during late July/early August 2007 and Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand during mid to late August 2007. Melbourne ( is the second most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 3 Wellington (ˈwælɪŋtən is the Capital of New Zealand, the country's second largest urban area, the The Auckland metropolitan area or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country It came into residence at the New London Theatre in late 2007, ending its run in January 2008. The New London Theatre is a West End theatre located on the corners of Drury Lane and Parker Street in Covent Garden, in the London Borough of Camden He will appear as the Fool in the 2008 television movie of the same name. King Lear is an upcoming 2008 TV film based on the William Shakespeare play of the same name. In May 2008 he performed with the Carl Rosa Company in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, playing the title role. Gilbert and Sullivan refers to the Victorian era partnership of Librettist W The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu, is a Comic opera in two acts with music by Arthur Sullivan and Libretto by W He only performed with the company briefly, for the week of the show's run performing at the Sheffield Lyceum. Despite being set in Japan, he was able to demonstrate his ability to play the spoons by using his fan.
In 2007 McCoy appeared at one day Doctor Who events in Melbourne on 29 July, Sydney on 5 August and Auckland, New Zealand on 19 August. Events 1014 - Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars: Battle of Kleidion: Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicts a decisive defeat Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 Events 642 - Battle of Maserfield - Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Bernicia. Events 43 BC - Octavian, later known as Augustus compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul.
He has also made guest appearances in the television series The Bill, and the Still Game episode "Oot" (AKA "Out"), where he played a hermit type character adjusting to life in modern Glasgow, having remained in his house for over 30 years). The Bill is a long-running British Television Police procedural, named after a slang term for the police. Still Game is a Scottish Sitcom, produced by The Comedy Unit with the BBC. A hermit (from the Greek ἔρημος erēmos, signifying " Desert " "uninhabited" hence "desert-dweller" adjective "eremitic" Glasgow (ˈglæzgoʊ is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom
In the early 90s, McCoy was attached in the role of Governor Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl when Steven Spielberg was planning on directing, but Disney did not give permission for the film to be made. Weatherby Swann is the fictional governor of Port Royal in Disney 's Pirates of the Caribbean movies The Curse of the Black Pearl For the video game see Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl (video game Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (Hon (born December 18 1946 is an American Film director, Screenwriter and producer.
Sylvester McCoy returned to the role of the Seventh Doctor in 1997, recording new audio for Doctor Who Destiny of the Doctors. The Seventh Doctor is a Fictional character, the seventh incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television Destiny of the Doctors is a PC Computer game based on the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Kent-Smith, Percy James Patrick (real name)|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Character Actor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 20, 1943|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dunoon, Scotland, UK|
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