Patrick Troughton

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Patrick George Troughton (March 25, 1920March 28, 1987) was a versatile and prolific British actor.

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Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor

He is probably best known as the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, which he did from 1966 until 1969.

Other notable roles include Sir Andrew Ffoulkes in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1954), Phineas in the movie Jason & the Argonauts (1963), Cole Hawlings in a BBC dramatisation of The Box of Delights (1984), and as Father Brennen in the movie The Omen (1976).

In 1983, Troughton was asked by then-series producer John Nathan-Turner to appear in the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors. Troughton agreed, and also went along with Nathan-Turner to appear on behalf of the series at conventions the world over. Apprehensive at first, Troughton was later so delighted at the prospect of appearing in support of the show that he readily agreed to appear one more time as the Doctor with Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor in The Two Doctors (1985).

Troughton's sons, David and Michael, are both well-known actors on stage and screen, and his grandson, Jim, plays professional cricket for Warwickshire.

Troughton's health was never that robust and late in his life he apparently refused to accept his doctor's advice that he had developed a serious heart condition through overwork and stress. He suffered two major heart attacks in 1978 and 1984 which knocked him out of acting for several months both times. Following each of these attacks, his doctor's warnings were again ignored as Troughton committed himself to a heavy TV and film schedule. Troughton also continued to smoke heavily and declined to commit himself to any real physical exercise despite his worsening health and his early death was predicted as an inevitable consequence by his doctors.

In 1986 he appeared in the ITV sitcom The Two of Us, and his final television appearance was as a guest star on Supergran.

On March 27, 1987, Troughton was a guest at the Magnum Opus Con II science fiction convention in Columbus, Georgia. Some attendees said later that Troughton looked clearly unwell to them, although he appeared to be in good spirits throughout the day's panels and was apparently looking forward to a belated birthday celebration that was planned for the Saturday night and a screening of the Doctor Who story The Dominators, which Troughton had requested personally, on the Saturday afternoon.

Troughton suffered his final, fatal, heart attack at 7:25 AM the next day (March 28 1987) just after he had ordered his breakfast from the hotel staff. According to the paramedics who were called, Troughton died before he even fell back on his bed. He was 67 years old.

Preceded by:
William Hartnell
The Doctor
Succeeded by:
Jon Pertwee

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