Sylvester McCoy Biography

Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy, born Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith in Dunoon, is recognized for his work as the seventh Doctor in Doctor Who from 1987 to 1989 and again in 1996. McCoy’s father, an Englishman, died in World War II before his birth. His maternal grandmother hailed from Portadown, Northern Ireland. Additionally, McCoy portrayed the character of Radagast the Brown in Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of The Hobbit.

During the early 1990s, McCoy was set to portray Governor Swann in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, under the direction of Steven Spielberg. However, Disney did not grant permission for the movie to be produced. McCoy was then considered as a backup choice to play the character of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Additionally, in 1991, he hosted a Doctor Who video documentary release called The Hartnell Years, which featured a selection of episodes from the First Doctor’s era that were previously missing.

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