Sylvester McCoy

Sylvester McCoy

Aug. 20th, 1943
Born in
Dunoon, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
5' 6"

Sylvester McCoy's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Doctor Who (UK) (1963) TV Show
Doctor Who (UK) (1963)
Doctor Who Confidential (UK) TV Show
Doctor Who Confidential (UK)
Big Jim And The Figaro Club (UK) TV Show
Big Jim And The Figaro Club (UK)
Mayo (UK) TV Show
Mayo (UK)
Blue Peter (UK) TV Show
Blue Peter (UK)
Space Cadets (UK) (1997) TV Show
Space Cadets (UK) (1997)
Frank Stubbs Promotes (UK) TV Show
Frank Stubbs Promotes (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Sylvester McCoy was born in Dunoon, Scotland. He spent much of his childhood in Dublin, Ireland. Before becoming an actor, as Percy Smith he trained as a priest, sold insurance and acted as a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones. He started his acting career as a part of the Ken Campbell (I) Roadshow, at first using the name Kent Smith before changing it first to Sylveste McCoy and then to the more familiar Sylvester. Sylvester McCoy is married with two sons.

  • McCoy is technically the longest-serving Doctor Who, after reprising the role in 1996. His term as the Doctor stretched from 1987 until 1996, a total of 8.5 years. No new work was produced by McCoy as the Doctor between 1989-1996 however, meaning that Tom Baker is still the longest continuously-serving Doctor, at 7 years (1974-1981).
  • Was considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings".
  • Became the Official 7th Doctor Who
  • He is the only actor to appear in both _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) and _Doctor Who (1996) (TV)_ (qv).
  • Adept at playing both the xylophone and the spoons. He can also juggle and once gained a reputation for stuffing live ferrets down his trousers.
  • Is one of three "Doctor Who" actors who portrayed The Doctor on TV to appear in an episode of "Casualty" (1986). The others are Colin Baker (I) and Christopher Eccleston.
  • He was raised primarily in Dublin, Ireland.
  • His father Percy Kent-Smith was a Royal Navy submarine officer and was killed in the second world war on July 18 1943 just a month before Sylvester was born.

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