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Published on July 27th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Harry Towb 1925-2009

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.

Harry Towb, 1925-2009Born 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)

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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