Jon Pertwee

Jon Pertwee

76 (passed away May. 20th, 1996)
Jul. 7th, 1919
Born in
Chelsea, London, England, UK
6' 3"

Jon Pertwee's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Doctor Who (UK) (1963) TV Show
Doctor Who (UK) (1963)
Worzel Gummidge (UK) TV Show
Worzel Gummidge (UK)
SuperTed (UK) TV Show
SuperTed (UK)
The Further Adventures of SuperTed (UK) TV Show
The Further Adventures of SuperTed (UK)
3-2-1 (UK) TV Show
3-2-1 (UK)
Whodunnit? TV Show
Jackanory (UK) TV Show
Jackanory (UK)
Nationwide (UK) TV Show
Nationwide (UK)
Beggar My Neighbour (UK) TV Show
Beggar My Neighbour (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Jon Pertwee is best known for his portrayal of the Doctor, on the BBC science fiction television series "Doctor Who" (1963). He portrayed the Doctor from 1970 to 1974. His 60-year entertainment career included work in radio, films, and cabaret. This was despite the inauspicious beginning of having been thrown out of drama school as a young man and told he had no future as an actor. The BBC announced his death.

  • His experience of serving in the British Navy during the Second World War inspired him to conceive the popular BBC radio comedy "Navy Lark, The". He was a star of the series for many years and provided the voices for many of the diverse characters.
  • Jon was considered for the role of Captain Mainwaring in the BBC series _"Dad's Army" (1968)_ (qv), which eventually went to 'Arthur Lowe' (qv). He claimed that he refused the part as he was working on Broadway at the time, and didn't know what he was being offered back home.
  • His favorite aliens in _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) were the Draconians. In particular, he liked the quality of the masks that were designed for them.
  • He was a close friend of 'Patrick Troughton' (qv) and 'Tom Baker (I)' (qv), his predecessor and successor as the Doctor respectively. He also counted his _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) co-stars 'Nicholas Courtney' (qv), 'Roger Delgado' (qv) and 'Katy Manning' (qv) among his closest friends.
  • Died in his sleep of a heart attack while he and his wife were on holiday in the USA, staying with actor 'Richard Neilson' (qv) and his wife at their house in Timber Lake, Connecticut.
  • Was a friend of Stephen Ward, a key figure in the John Profumo political scandal in the UK in the early 1960's.
  • His closest friend in later life was the broadcaster 'David Jacobs (II)' (qv)..
  • Of the 24 _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) stories he starred in, he named _"Doctor Who" (1963) {The Dæmons: Part 1 (#8.21)}_ (qv) as his favorite.

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