Aug. 20th, 1943
Dunoon, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
Sylvester McCoy's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1979 - Dracula
Guest TV Roles
Kev the Rev
The Amazing Lollipop Man
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.
- He is the the only Doctor to have played the role during two regenerations. When Colin Baker left the role he refused to do the regeneration scene. So Sylvester donned Colin Baker's costume and a blonde wig and stood in as Baker. This is the reason that for only the second time in the series (See Peter Davison's regeneration) the Doctor's face is obscured as he changes his appearance.
- McCoy and Timothy Dalton appeared together on stage in 1986 in London, and complained to each other that long-term work was so hard to tfind. A year later, McCoy was Dr Who and Dalton was James Bond.
- Became the Official 7th Doctor Who
- 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.
- He was raised primarily in Dublin, Ireland.
- 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.
- He is the only actor to appear in both _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) and _Doctor Who (1996) (TV)_ (qv).
- 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).
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