Olaf Poo­ley (1914-2015)

Starburst Magazine - - Outside The Box -

Ac­tor Olaf Poo­ley, who ap­peared mem­o­rably as the ob­sessed, ma­ni­a­cal Pro­fes­sor Stahlman in 1970’s seven-part Jon Per­twee se­rial Inferno – widely re­garded as one of the very best sto­ries from the ‘clas­sic’ Doc­tor Who se­ries – passed away from con­ges­tive heart fail­ure in Los An­ge­les on July 14th at the age of 101.

Dorset-born Poo­ley en­joyed a long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer not only as an ac­tor, but also as a scriptwriter. He wrote the 1971 hor­ror movie The Corpse (reti­tled Cru­cible of Terror in the United States) which starred Michael Gough and in which Poo­ley also ap­peared, and he was an un­cred­ited con­trib­u­tor to the script of no­to­ri­ous 1985 space vam­pire shocker Lifeforce. He ap­peared ex­ten­sively in tele­vi­sion in se­ries such as Dixon of Dock Green, Paul Tem­ple, and Jason King and af­ter re­lo­cat­ing to the United States in 1986, he set up an art stu­dio in Santa Mon­ica where he pur­sued his love of art and paint­ing. He con­tin­ued to ap­pear on episodic Amer­i­can TV shows such as Scare­crow and Mrs King, MacGyver, Hill Street Blues and, in his last screen ap­pear­ance, the 2000 Star Trek: Voy­ager episode Blink of an Eye.

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