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Date of Birth 26 July 1932Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Date of Death 6 February 1985Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England, UK  (motor neurone disease)
Birth NameEugene Neil McCarthy
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Neil McCarthy was born on July 26, 1932 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England as Eugene Neil McCarthy. He was an actor, known for Where Eagles Dare (1968), Zulu (1964) and Clash of the Titans (1981). He died on February 6, 1985 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England.

Trivia (9)

McCarthy played Will Thoday in The Nine Tailors (1974) which ends with a disastrous flood in the fen country; McCarthy grew up in the area (Sleaford, Lincolnshire), and witnessed such a flood as a schoolboy in 1947.
Studied modern languages at Trinity College, Dublin, and was qualified to teach both Latin and French.
When he played a Cretan character in the TV series Who Pays the Ferryman? (1977) his accent was so good it fooled a group of Greek film makers visiting the set into believing he was actually Greek.
Among his contemporaries at the Stamford School were cricketer M. J. K. Smith and author Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse (as well as Morse himself, whom Dexter made an Old Stamfordian).
Foreign languages were one of his personal hobbies, but he also put his language skills to use professionally, speaking French in Freewheelers (1968) and Greek in Who Pays the Ferryman? (1977).
He was an extremely talented musician, according to friends and co-workers, and played the piano beautifully; but he never did so in any professional venue on stage or screen.
Son of a dentist.
Because of his craggy looks, he was usually typecast as tough guys and villains.
Suffered from Acromegaly for many years.

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