Louis Mahoney: Trailblazing actor and activist dies at 81

Louis Mahoney

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Louis Mahoney was remembered as “a brilliant actor and the most wonderful human being”

Actor Louis Mahoney, who appeared in movies like Cry Freedom and TV reveals Fawlty Towers and Doctor Who, has died at the age of 81.

Early in his profession, Mahoney was one of many first black actors within the Royal Shakespeare Company within the 1960s.

He additionally helped discovered Performers Against Racism within the 1980s to marketing campaign in opposition to apartheid in South Africa.

And he labored as a part of the Equity union to enhance the illustration of non-white actors on British TV.

An announcement from his brokers Waring and McKenna mentioned: “Louis paved the way in which for a lot of actors who adopted: a lifelong activist and champion of anti-racism.

“His heat and good humour will likely be sorely missed.”

Mahoney was born in The Gambia and moved to the UK in 1957 to review medication, however determined within the 60s that his future lay in appearing.

His roles included the physician within the 1975 Fawlty Towers episode The Germans, which was in the news recently when it was faraway from a streaming service.

He additionally appeared in a string of Doctor Who episodes and TV reveals like Runaway Bay, Harbour Lights and Oscar Charlie. Earlier this 12 months, he was seen in BBC One’s The Split.

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Louis Mahoney in Dr Who: Planet of Evil in 1975

His movie credit included Richard Attenborough’s 1987 drama Cry Freedom, plus 1981 Omen sequel The Final Conflict and 2013’s Captain Phillips. He additionally remained an everyday performer on stage.

As chairman of Equity’s Afro-Asian Committee, he tried to steer broadcasters and drama faculties to reform their attitudes to beat what he described as “big hurdles to be jumped by anybody who was non-white”.

London’s Royal Court theatre remembered him as “a brilliant actor and the most wonderful human being; a devoted activist and extraordinary performer”.

Scriptwriter Jack Thorne mentioned: “Louis Mahoney was one of those actors who could carry a whole world through his eyes. Perhaps because he led such an extraordinary life.”

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