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Sylvester McCoy

 

Sylvester McCoy(born Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith; 20th August 1943) is a Scottishactor. As a comic act and buskerhe appeared regularly on stage and on BBC Children'stelevision in the 1970s and 80s, before going on to play the seventh incarnationof the Doctorin the long-running science fiction televisionseries Doctor Whofrom 1987 to 1989 – the final Doctor of the original programme – and a brief return in a television film in 1996. He also played the wizard Radagast the Brownin Peter Jackson's film adaptations of The Hobbit. He came to prominence as a member of the comedy act "The Ken Campbell Roadshow". His best known act was as a stuntmancharacter called "Sylveste McCoy"in a play entitled An Evening with Sylveste McCoy(the name was coined by actor Brian Murphy, part of the Roadshow at the time). Notable television appearances before he gained the role of the Doctor included roles in Vision On(where he played Pepe/Epep, a character who lived in the mirror), an O-Man in Jigsawand Tiswas. He also appeared in Eureka, often suffering from the inventions of Wilf Lunn. McCoy also portrayed, in one-man shows on the stage, two famous movie comedians: Stan Laureland Buster Keaton. He also appeared as Henry "Birdie"Bowersin the 1985 television serial about Scott'slast Antarctic expedition, The Last Place on Earth.

McCoy also had a small role in the 1979 film Draculaopposite Laurence Olivierand Donald Pleasence, and has sung with the Welsh National Opera.

McCoy became the Seventh Doctorafter taking over the lead role in Doctor Whoin 1987 from previous actor Colin Baker. He remained on the series until it ended in 1989 (see List of Doctor Who serials). As Colin Baker declined the invitation to film the regeneration scene, McCoy briefly wore a wig and appeared as the 6th Doctor in the regeneration scene. He played the Doctor in the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time, and again in 1996, appearing in the beginning of the Doctor Whotelevision movie starring Paul McGannas the Eighth Doctor.

McCoy's television roles since Doctor Whohave included Michael Samsin the 1997 telemovie Beyond Fear, shown on the first night of broadcast of Five. He has also returned to play the Seventh Doctor in a series of audio plays by Big Finish Productions. 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 has also acted extensively in theatrein productions as diverse as pantomimeand Molière. He played Grandpa Jock in John McGrath'sA Satire of the Four Estaites(1996) at the Edinburgh Festival. He played the role of Snuff in the macabre BBC Radio 4comedy series The Cabaret of Dr Caligari.

McCoy played the role of Bilbo Bagginsin the Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Ringsfilm trilogy. In 1991, he presented the Doctor Whovideo documentary release The Hartnell Yearsshowcasing selected episodes of missing stories from the First Doctor's era.

McCoy returned to the role of the Seventh Doctor in 1997, recording new audio for the video game Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors.

McCoy began filming for The Hobbit, a three-part adaptation of the book, in Spring 2011. He portrays the wizard Radagast, alongside actor Ian McKellens Gandalf.

Although the character of Radagast is only alluded to in The Hobbit, and only a minor character in The Lord of the Rings, the part has been expanded for the films.