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 Roger Delgado

Roger Delgado

Birth
Whitechapel, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
Death 18 Jun 1973 (aged 55)
Nevşehir, Turkey
Burial Mortlake, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Plot Area RB3, Plot 43
Memorial ID 20748 · View Source
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Actor. Born Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto in Whitechapel, London, the son of a Spanish father and a French Belgian mother. He attended the Cardinal Vaughn School in Holland Park and The London School of Economics, after which he took a job in a bank. He left after eighteen months and joined the Nelson Repertory Company in Leicester. At the start of WWII, despite his pride in being a true born Cockney, his attempts to enlist were initially rebuffed by the military due to his parentage. He eventually joined the Royal Leicester Regiment and saw active service in Europe and Burma, ending the war as a Major in the Royal Signals. After his return home, he joined York Repertory Company. In 1950, he joined the BBC Radio Drama Repertory, and made his film debut in 1953 in ‘The Captain's Paradise,' opposite Sir Alec Guinness. His rather saturnine looks usually lead him to be cast most as villains in roles for television programs such as ‘The Avengers,' and ‘The Saint,' both of which he appeared on several times, and in features such as ‘Masquerade' in 1965, ‘The Mummy's Shroud' in 1967, and ‘The Assassination Bureau' in 1969. In 1970, the producers of the cult series ‘Doctor Who' decided to create a new villain to oppose The Doctor. Called The Master, he was another Time Lord, an evil counterpart to The Doctor. Delgado was the only actor to be considered for the role. He debuted as The Master on January 2, 1971, in the four part story, 'Terror of the Autons.' The character proved immensely popular and Delgado made regular appearances for the next two seasons, appearing for the last time in the six part story, ‘Frontier in Space' in 1973. He was due to conclude The Master's story arc when production began again that autumn. Over the summer, he gladly accepted a role in the comedy ‘The Bell of Tibet' for a change of pace. Shooting on location in Turkey, Delgado was chauffeured from the airport along a steep mountain road. He was killed when the driver lost control of the car and it left the road, plunging into a ravine. He was 55.

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  • Added: 3 Mar 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20748
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Roger Delgado (1 Mar 1918–18 Jun 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20748, citing Mortlake Cemetery, Mortlake, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .