Bayldon - "Catweazle"
Bayldon was born the son of
a tailor in Leeds, Yorkshire (England) on January 7th, 1924.
Before he decided to become an actor in 1947, he
served in the Royal Air Force.
Although originally having studied architecture he
decided that he did not want to sit at his desk any
more and finally studied acting at the Old Vic
At this time he frequently met Richard Carpenter.
Even only a young man, he already had a reputation
of being very able to play strange old men.
When he was offered to play the main part of the
doctor in "Doctor Who" he rejected that offer, his
argumentation being that the character was too old
and the series too long. He was not prepared to be
fixed to the role of an awkward old person.
It was good luck that he rejected that part as that
was why he could accept the part of Catweazle only a
short time later.
It was the part that he played with great artistic
ability and charm, which made him well-known
Next to his acting Geoffrey Bayldon also worked as a
After Catweazle from 1979 to 1981 he went on playing
the "Crowman" in the children's series "Worzel
"Worzel Gummidge" was broadcast in Germany as "Die
Vogelscheuche". But only a few episodes were dubbed
into German. (In spite of that I would like to
recommend this series very much to all Catweazle and
Geoffrey Bayldon fans.)
Among others Geofrey Bayldon's hobbies are gardening,
walking, painting and collecting old water colour
Once in 1980, he was asked what his unfulfilled wish
was and he answered: "to understand elementary
Filmography of Geoffrey Bayldon at the Internet Movie Database
Wikipedia about Geoffrey Bayldon (German)
Wikipedia about Geoffrey Bayldon (English)
Aveleyman.com: Geoffrey Bayldon
Interview with Geoffrey Bayldon: "Pop goes the
Retrosellers.com: Interview with Geoffrey Bayldon
Blog Baltrusch Photo: Autograph meeting with Geoffrey Bayldon
An article especially about
Geoffrey Bayldon can be found here at "articles":
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Interview with Geoffrey Bayldon
Tingwell - "Mr. Bennet"
Charles "Bud" Tingwell
was born in Coogee, Sydney, New South Wales,
Australia, on January 3rd, 1923, and died on May
15th, 2009, in Melbourne, Australia.
Edward's strict but fair father.
Charles Tingwell became known when he performed as
an actor on the radio during his time at school.
Later, after his time with the Royal Air Force, he
also became an announcer on the radio.
From 1958 on he appeared in a number of Australian
and US-American films filmed in Australia.
In 1956 he travelled to England and there played in
numerous films and series, one of them being
At the end of the seventies he returned to Australia
to continue his career as an actor there.
Filmography of Charles Tingwell at the
Internet Movie Database
about Charles Tingwell (German)
about Charles Tingwell (English)
McCarthy - "Sam Woodyard"
Neil McCarthy was born in Lincoln,
England, on July 26th, 1933, and died on February
Before he started professional acting he was a
teacher. He was trained as an actor at Trinity
Then his profession led him to join the local
Repertory Theatre, Oxford. Very much in contrast to
the rough and dull characters, whom he mainly had to
play due to his unusual, rough-boned looks (caused
by acromegalia, an illness) in real life he was a
soft, social and quiet person - a soft giant.
He studied foreign languages, could speak Greek and
was a devoted musician.
He passionately loved
playing the piano and was especially good at playing
Before and after Catweazle he performed in a great
number of TV shows.
In the 80s he moved to South Africa, where he died
Filmography of Neil McCarthy at the Internet Movie Database
about Neil McCarthy (German)
about Neil McCarthy (English)
Aveleyman.com: Neil McCarthy
The Avengers Forever: Neil McCarthy
Warren - "Cedric Collingford"
Gary Warren was born in London on
July 5th, 1954.
He began acting when he attended to
Aida Foster School. There he also learnt dancing.
Gary had always been petite and small for his age,
but that especially made him a rare character in
acting. He played many parts as characters younger
than he was, in film as well as in the theatre.
His very first part on TV was the part of Pinocchio
in Disney's Wonderland.
Gary had a number of hobbies, but above all he loved
sports. Soccer, Cricket, table tennis and bowling
were some of his favourite sports.
Apart from that he spent most of his pocket money on
records then. He had a respectable collection of
records of more than 100 albums in his home in
Neaseden, North London, where he lived at that time.
And what is Gary Warren doing today? Sadly he was
lost after Catweazle. He is said to have moved to
the USA and as he had been educated in a strict
Jewish way he supposedly changed jobs to the
tailoring industry, just like other members of his
Filmography of Gary Warren at the
Internet Movie Database
Gary Warren (English)
Two articles about Gary Warren can be found here at
Look-in "A Magician's Mate"
Look-in Annual 1973 " The Young Stars - Gary Warren"
Moray Watson - "Lord Collingford"
Moray Watson was born in
Sunningdale, Berkshire, England, on June 25th, 1928.
He was educated at Eton College and had his first
performance on stage, when he was still student of
"Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art".
After his time at the repertory theatre he appeared
at West End Stage.
In 1963 he travelled to New York
to perform there in "The Private Ear and The Public
His premiere in film and TV was in 1953 in the BBC
series of several parts "The Quatermass Express". In
addition to that he appeared in several films and TV
Apart from that he still enjoyed the joys of
theatre acting. For example only recently in the
one-person play "Ancestral Voices".
Filmography of Moray Watson at the
Internet Movie Database
about Moray Watson (English)
Aveleyman.com: Moray Watson
Gwen Nelson -
Gwen Nelson was born in London on
June 30th, 1901 and died on October 15th, 1990.
She already appeared on television in 1939. Her aim
had always been to become a singer and thus she also
appeared in some British musicals. Her first West
End musical was in 1949 at Adelphi Theatre. But she
still was mainly a character actress, often of small
Filmography of Gwen Nelson at the
Internet Movie Database
British Musical Theatre: Gwen Nelson
Hessling (23. 03. 1903 - 24. 02. 1995)|
Hessling, the German dubbing voice of Catweazle, was
born in Hamburg as Hans Oskar Richard Hessling in
He first became a sailor and sailed the seas before
he started his theatre career at Hamburg
Schauspielhaus in 1972.
Further stations were Leipzig, Zurich, Berlin and
He only very late appeared in the movies. His debut
on film was in 1938 in a tiny part of "Das Mädchen
Hans Hessling also became a known name because of
his unmistakably whining sound of his voice for
A number of
well-known actor colleagues spoke with his voice as
e.g. James Cagney , Charlie Chaplin and Burgess
Meredith. He was the dubbing voice of the cartoon figure of
Asterix for several times.
In 1963 he was the German voice of magician Merlin's
screech owl in Disney's movie "The sword in the
In the 70s and 80s he also worked as a speaker
for the radio playlabel EUROPA.
Filmography of Hans Hessling at the Internet Movie
Hörspielwelten.de: list of radio plays with Hans
Wikipedia about Hans Hessling (German)
The german dubbing
work for the "Catweazle" TV series was made by Eberhard Cronshagen at Alster
Further German dubbing voices of the series are:
Harold Bennet: Steffen Müller
Mr. Bennet: Helmo Kindermann
Sam Woodyard: Peter Kirchberger
Cedric Collingford: Friedrich Hey
Lady Collingford: Renate Pichler
Lord Collingford: Werner Bruhns
Groom: Wolfgang Völz
Mrs. Gowdie: Jo Wegener
Hackforth: Andreas von der Meden
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