'Star Trek' actor Olaf Pooley dies at 101

Jul 22, 2015, 07:46 IST | PTI

Los Angeles: 101-year-old British actor-writer Olaf Pooley, best known for playing Cleric on 'Star Trek', has died.

Pooley died on July 14 in Los Angeles, a family spokeswoman announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pooley had a recurring role as Professor Eric Stahlman in 'Inferno', the fourth and final serial of the seventh season of TV series 'Doctor Who'.

He is the oldest actor to have appeared in both franchises.

His notable West End theatre career included Chorley Bannister in the original cast of Noel Coward's 'Peace in Our Time', as well as roles in 'Twelve Angry Men', 'The Tempest' and 'Othello'.

He was also a guest director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and directed Anthony Hopkins in 'The Waltz of the Toreadors'.

His earliest film credit is 1948's 'Penny and the Pownall Case'. In later years, Pooley turned to painting and was a permanent artist in residence at the Santa Monica Art Studios in California.

He is survived by his son Seyton, and daughter Kirstie, and four grandchildren.

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