Peter Woodthorpe Movies and Career Information

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Sep 25, 1931
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Peter Woodthorpe was an English film, television and voice actor who supplied the voice of Gollum in the 1978 Bakshi version of The Lord of the Rings and BBC's 1981 radio serial. He also provided the voice of Pigsy in the cult series Monkey and was Max the pathologist in early episodes of Inspector Morse. In the summer of 1955 he played Estragon in the first British production of Waiting for Godot. He had then just finished his second year at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and expected to return after a run of a few weeks. When the play was successful, faced with the choice of dropping out either from Cambridge or from the play, he chose to stay with the play and his acting career. In 1960, he played Aston in the first production of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker at the Arts Theatre, in London, prior to transferring to the West End's Duchess Theatre on 30 May 1960. He also starred as Oxford in the Broadway musical Darling of the Day . Before going up to Cambridge he served as a national serviceman in the Royal Navy, training at the Joint Services School for Linguists as a Russian interpreter.

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