Mar. 20, 1920 Mill Hill London Borough of Barnet Greater London, England
Mar. 28, 1987 Columbus Muscogee County Georgia, USA
Actor. Born in Mill Hill, London, he attended the Embassy School of Acting and Leighton Rollin's Studio for Actors in Long Island, New York. He served in Royal Navy during World War II and afterward joined the Bristol Old Vic, where he concentrated on Shakespearean productions. He appeared on the perennially popular British soap opera, ‘Coronation Street,' as George Barton, he also earned roles in 1954's ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel', the lead in ‘Paul of Tarsus' in 1960, 1962's ‘The Old Curiosity Shop,' and ‘Jason & the Argonauts' in 1963. In 1966, ‘Doctor Who' producers recruited Troughton as the second incarnation of the Doctor. He played the role from ‘The Power of the Daleks' episode in 1966 to ‘The War Games' episode in 1969. He radically changed the demeanor of the Doctor from curmudgeon to a ‘cosmic hobo,' establishing the precedent of differing personalities for each of the character's incarnations. Unfortunately, many of his early episodes were destroyed in the name of economy by the BBC. He would reprise the role in the 10th aniversary special ‘The Three Doctors' in 1973; for the 20th anniversary in 1983 in ‘The Five Doctors,' and in ‘The Two Doctors' in 1985. Following his tenure as the Doctor, he continued to appear in such films as ‘The Omen' in 1976 and ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger' in 1977. Troughton suffered two severe heart attacks in 1978 and 1984 which hampered his ability to work. In 1986 he appeared in the ITV sitcom ‘The Two of Us' and he played the first character to be murdered in the ‘Inspector Morse' series in 1987. In March of that year, Troughton attended the Magnum Opus Con II in Columbus, Georgia. At his last convention panel, he complained of feeling unwell and he retired to his room. He suffered a fatal heart attack the following morning, shortly after he had ordered his breakfast. He was 67. (bio by: Iola)
Cause of death: Heart attack
Burial: Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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