Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tim Pigott-Smith: R.I.P.

Such sad news .. and only 70. Tim Pigott-Smith passed away Friday. Best known for The Jewel in the Crown, he was awarded an OBE last month and due to star in Death of a Salesman.

From The Guardian:

The actor Tim Pigott-Smith has died at the age of 70.

The character actor’s career spanned almost five decades on stage and screen. Born in Rugby in 1946, he graduated from the University of Bristol in 1967 and went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic theatre school. He began his professional career at the Bristol Old Vic in 1969.

His flawless classical technique saw him become a fixture of British television and in 1984 he took on the role he would become best known for – as the sinister Merrick in the ITV miniseries The Jewel in the Crown, set in the dying days of the British Raj. His performance in the series won him a Bafta for best actor.

From his first appearance in 1971 in Boswell’s Life of Johnson he was barely absent from film and TV screens. In the 1970s he became established as Marco in Doctor Who, Angelo in TV movie Measure for Measure in 1979, and Brendan Bracken in 1981 series Winston Churchilll: The Wilderness Years.

In his later years he became known to younger viewers for parts in Silent Witness, Downton Abbey, Lewis and Miranda. Most recently he starred in the BBC adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel Decline and Fall as Mr Sniggs.

Pigott-Smith also earned a formidable reputation as a skilled theatre actor. In 1974 he starred on Broadway in a production of Sherlock Holmes, playing the detective’s companion Dr Watson. This major theatre role left a lasting impression on him and he said in an interview with the Daily Mail last year that he had used the personalized towel from that production ahead of every theatre appearance ever since.

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1 comment:

vallerose said...

This shook me up. Aside from Jewel in the Crown I saw him in many other TV shows. 70 is much too young,