Fulton Mackay

Fulton Mackay

64 (passed away Jun. 6th, 1987)
Aug. 12th, 1922
Born in
Paisley, Scotland

Fulton Mackay's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Porridge (UK) TV Show
Porridge (UK)
Going Straight (UK) TV Show
Going Straight (UK)
Special Branch (UK) TV Show
Special Branch (UK)
Seven Of One (UK) TV Show
Seven Of One (UK)
Frontier (UK) TV Show
Frontier (UK)
Mess Mates (UK) TV Show
Mess Mates (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Fulton Mackay OBE (12 August 1922 – 6 June 1987) was a Scottish actor and playwright, known for his role as prison officer Mr. Mackay in the 1970s sitcom Porridge.

Early life Mackay was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He was brought up in Clydebank by a widowed aunt after the death of his mother. His father was in the NAAFI.[citation needed]
On leaving school, he trained as a quantity surveyor and later volunteered for the Royal Air Force in 1941 but was not accepted due to a perforated ear drum. MacKay then enlisted with the Black Watch and he served for five years during the Second World War, which included three years spent in India.
Playwriting Under the pseudonym of Aeneas MacBride, he wrote plays for the BBC.
Personal life He was married to Irish actress Sheila Manahan. He did much work for the Glasgow children's charity Child and Family Trust. He was awarded an OBE in 1984 and greatly enjoyed oil painting. On occasion he would make the journey to the far north of Scotland to visit his long-time friend and relation John Mackay of Borgie. During these trips which occurred throughout the 1960s and 1970s Mackay developed a love of salmon fishing, beachcombing and hillwalking. It is said his character of "Ben" in the movie Local Hero was based on his friend John Mackay.
Death Mackay died in 1987 from stomach cancer. He is buried in plot JC187 at East Sheen and Richmond Cemeteries, Surrey, England. His wife Sheila died in 1988 and is buried in the same grave

  • Seriously considered for the role of the fourth Doctor in the BBC series _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv), after the departure of 'Jon Pertwee' (qv).
  • There is a flower in Hyde Park named after him.
  • He and his wife, Sheila Manahan McKay, are both interred at East Sheen and Richmond Cemeteries in Weybridge, Surrey, England in plot JC 187.
  • He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to drama.

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