It is with sadness that Kasterborous relays news of the death of actor Harry Towb, best known to Doctor Who fans as the memorable characters of Osgood in 1969’s Ice Warrior’s adventure The Seeds of Death and factory boss McDermott in 1971’s Terror of the Autons.
Born July 27, 1925 in Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland, Towb become one of the most recognisable character actors from the province, chalking up a string of TV and film appearances during a screen career that spanned 58 years from his first movie appearance as Jim Cranshaw in The Quiet Woman to an appearance in the BBC soap EastEnders late last year.
Among his long list of TV and movie credits are appearances in The Saint, The Avengers, Callan, Z Cars, Armchair Theatre, Dixon of Dock Green, Moll Flanders, The Bill, The Blue Max and The 39 Steps.
On stage, he starred in the National Theatre production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, as well as starring in Little Shop of Horrors, Bar Mitzvah Boy, Death of a Salesman and The Mandate.
He passed away after suffering from cancer on July 24, 2009 at the age of 83 at his home in London, and is survived by his wife Diana Hoddinott whom he married in 1965.
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(With thanks to Joe Siegler)