Bernard Crippens, British actor known as Doctor Who, has died at the age of 93

He has passed away, the agent of Bernard Crippens, the British actor who had roles in “Doctor Who” and “Fawlty Towers” and whose contributions to children’s programs have delighted young adults during a career spanning seven decades, has said. He was 93 years old.

in the current situationthe management and talent agency, Gavin Barker Associates, did not say when and where Mr. Crippens died.

Mr Crippens did well in his 90s, the agency said, in a career that has influenced some of Britain’s most popular comedy, drama and children’s programmes. He started acting at the age of 14 in the Oldham repertory company. This period of work on the stage expanded to other media, including television and films, for which he is widely known, according to IMDB.

For three decades, Mr. Crippens appeared regularly on “Jackanory”, a BBC children’s program where the actor reads books to a young audience. The program, which ran between 1965 and 1996, was intended to spark interest in reading.

In one of his more than 100 readings, from 1970’s “The Wizard of Oz,” Mr. Crippens infused the voices of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Wizard, and other characters with a full array of whispers, jerks, and screams.

When he was awarded a BAFTA Special Award in 2009, he got serious in an interview when asked about the hugely popular “Jackanory” and how it affected young audiences.

He said, “All you have to do is look down the lens, find one kid, and just talk to that kid. And you pull them in.”

“It really works, and you think there will be little kids all over the country saying, ‘Just a minute, Mom’, and they’ll look. And the stories, like I said before, were great,” he said.

Mr Crippens was born in Oldham, England, outside Manchester, on December 29, 1928, according to IMDB. After his early career, he narrated “The Wombles,” a 1970s animated television show created from a series of books about underground creatures, and joined the cast of the science fiction television series “Doctor Who” from 2007 to 2010. He also appeared In the 1966 movie Doctor Who, ‘Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD’.

In the television series, revived by producer Russell T. Davis in 2005, Mr. Crippens played a recurring role as the grandfather of one of the doctor’s companions, Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate. in Share on Instagram On Thursday, Mr. Davies wrote that Mr. Crippens “loved to be in Doctor Who. He said, ‘The kids are calling me new in the street!”

Mr. Davies wrote that Mr. Crippens “once appeared with a bag full of props, just in case, including a rubber chicken.” He added, “He was calling and saying, ‘I have an idea! What if you attacked Dale with a paintball gun?! ‘Well, Bernard, he’s gone! “

Mr. Crippens also starred in the 1970 film Railroad Children, based on Edith Nisbet’s children’s book. One commenter in the New York Times called it a “absolutely beautiful little British film” and said Mr Crippens was “excellent” as station manager Albert Birx in “a simple story about three children wandering around a village in Yorkshire sharing the lovable kindness learned at home”.

In 1975, Mr. Crippens appeared in an episode of the comedy series Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese as the unlucky manager of a seaside hotel. Mr. Crippens played a guest who mistook Mr. Cleese for a hotel inspector, who tries to order a cheese salad for lunch and is instead served an omelette.

A list of survivors was not immediately available. Mr. Crippens’ wife, actor Gillian McParnett, died in October last year.

In the interview after receiving a BAFTA award in 2009, Mr. Crippens and his “Doctor Who” co-star Ms. Tate spoke about how quickly time has passed during his long career.

“I have stories I haven’t thought of yet,” he said, before jokingly adding: “I can remember a lot of things very clearly, and with complete recall.”


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