Olaf Pooley (1914-2015)
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.