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Jon Pertwee


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John Devon Roland Pertwee (July 7, 1919 – May 20, 1996), better known as Jon Pertwee, was an English actor.

Born in Chelsea, London, Pertwee was educated at Frensham Heights School, an independent school in Rowledge, near Farnham in Surrey, and at some other schools from which he was expelled. After school, he went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), from which he was also expelled after he refused to play the small part of a wind in a Greek play.

Pertwee is best known for his role in the science fiction television series Doctor Who, where he played the third incarnation of the Doctor from 1970 to 1974, and as the title character in the series Worzel Gummidge. He also hosted the murder mystery quiz programme Whodunnit! between 1974 and 1978 for Thames Television. Pertwee also voiced the character of “Spotty” in the 1980s cartoon series SuperTed.

In 1972, he released a vocal version of the Doctor Who theme music entitled Who is the Doctor, and in 1980 he released a single based on Worzel Gummidge entitled Worzel’s Song from the album Worzel Gummidge Sings.


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