British actor George Cole died August 5, aged 90. Genre appearances include episodes of Out of the Unknown (“The Last Lonely Man”, 1969) and UFO (“Flight Path”, 1971), as well as The Vampire Lovers (1970), The Blue Bird (1976) and The Ghost of Greville Lodge (2000).
He worked a lot during his 60 year career but according to IMDB one part he was considered for and didn’t get was the role of Dr. Armstrong in Lifeforce — it went to Patrick Stewart instead.
He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1992 Queen’s Honours List for his services to drama.
[Thanks to Steve Green for the story.]