[21], Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, "Geoffrey Bayldon, beloved star of Catweazle, dead at 93", "Geoffrey Bayldon, star of Catweazle and Worzel Gummidge, dies at 93", "Worzel Gummidge star Geoffrey Bayldon dies at the age of 93", "Obituary - Geoffrey Bayldon, actor and star of Catweazle", "Geoffrey Bayldon - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie", "Doctor Who - Unbound - Released Items - Ranges - Big Finish", "Look and Read/Sky Hunter - BroadcastForSchools.co.uk", "Catweazle actor Geoffrey Bayldon dies aged 93", "Paul Hardcastle - The Wizard (Extended Version)", "Worzel Gummidge and Catweazel star Geoffrey Bayldon dies aged 93", Geoffrey Bayldon: Catweazle actor dies aged 93, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Geoffrey_Bayldon&oldid=970134608, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "Theme" B side to single "Anatomy of love" by, This page was last edited on 29 July 2020, at 13:33. After playing roles in many stage productions, including the works of William Shakespeare, he became known for portraying the title role of the children's series Catweazle (1970–71). Catweazle and Worzel Gummidge actor Geoffrey Bayldon leaves £1million in his will. As a result of  Garys death the Reunion was set up in his honour and some 22 years later we are now the second biggest Reunion in the World. [8][9] He made several film appearances in the 1960s and 1970s, including King Rat (1965), To Sir, with Love (1967), Casino Royale (as Q) (1967), the Envy segment of The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971), the Marc Bolan/T. Rex film Born to Boogie (1972), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), as well as the film versions of Steptoe and Son, Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973) as the vicar, and Porridge (1979) as the Governor. [3] After playing roles in many stage productions, including the works of William Shakespeare, he became known for portraying the title role of the children's series Catweazle (1970–71). Even the arrival of his old friend Lord Attenborough recently, failed to lift his spirits, refusing all food and drink until he quietly slipped into a coma three days ago. Mick never recovered from the loss of his beloved wife Barbara and lost the will to live, despite the loving care of the nurses at the celebrity home for retired actors Brinsworth House where he lived out his final days. [citation needed]. He dropped the title to him the following year, however. "[citation needed] He was 92. [7], Bayldon enjoyed a substantial stage career, including work in the West End and for the RSC. It was at this time time that the name Catweazle was first chanted by the crowd as Gary showed an uncanny resemblance to Geoffrey Bayldon, the actor who played Catweazle in the television series. [16], In 1986, Bayldon provided the vocals on Paul Hardcastle's The Wizard which was also used (without the vocal) as the theme for BBC1's Top of the Pops. In his early days Gary did not show a lot of the comedy that was later to be his trademark but was a sound technical wrestler with a modicum of success against the stars of the day. He held the championship for almost seven years before losing it to Mal Sanders. [1], McManus was married to Barbara, who predeceased him (in January 2013); they had one son, Tony. [10] British pop artist Peter Blake often cites McManus as a major influence on his 'wrestlers' series of paintings due to his admiration of his wrestling persona; Blake famously painted Kendo Nagasaki's portrait as part of the series. He was also well known for using short range forearm jabs in matches. He also continued to advise professional wrestling promoters. Albert Geoffrey Bayldon[1] (7 January 1924 – 10 May 2017)[2] was an English actor. [1], McManus was among wrestlers such as Mark Rocco and Kendo Nagasaki whose 'heel' characters bent the rules as far as they could go without being disqualified, much to the fury of the crowd.