Friday, 15 October 2010


[19.06 - French Time] British actor Simon MacCorkindale has died, aged 58.

The very popular Cambridge-born TV, movie and stage actor Simon MacCorkindale played Dr. Harry Harper in the BBC medical drama Casualty from 2002 to 2008. But of course he was known worldwide by generations of television viewers for his character of Professor Jonathan Chase in Glen A. Larson's short-lived but cult series Manimal (1983).

Between 1990 and 1993, MacCorkindale starred as Peter Sinclair in Counterstrike, a rather enjoyable adventure drama. Sinclair was a frustrated Scotland Yard investigator hired by billionaire Alexander Addington (the legendary Christopher Plummer) to lead a private anti-terrorist team. The show was a co-production between Canada and France and was filmed in Toronto and Paris. It was aired by CTV in Canada, TF1 in France and USA Network in the United States.

His other television credits include I, Claudius (1976), The Quatermass Conclusion (1979), Falcon Crest (between 1984 and 1986) or Poltergeist: The Legacy (in 1999). Simon MacCorkindale reprised his Manimal character in an episode of the syndicated Glen A. Larson superhero series Night Man (1997-1999).

His most notable film role was Simon Doyle in the 1978 Agatha Christie film Death on the Nile. Last Friday, British viewers watched the actor on BBC One in an episode of New Tricks where he guest-starred as Sir David Bryant, his last role.

Simon MacCorkindale was married to British actress Susan George.

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