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Overview (3)

Born in Parkstone, Dorset, England, UK
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth NameOle Krohn Pooley

Mini Bio (1)

He was born in Parkstone, Dorset, England. His father was English and his mother was Danish. Olaf was a student of architecture at the Architectural Association, London, and of painting at the Chelsea School of Art. In Paris, he studied under the tutelage of Marcel Grommaire, at the Acedemie Colorossi. He has exhibited in Europe, including with the London Group and the Bloomsbury Gallery, London; in Paris at the Gallerie d'Alsace, the Centre Culturel Saint Severin, and L'Imagerie - and in Mallorca, at La Residencia and the Galleria Ortez, Palma de Mallorca. Alongside his work as a painter, he has been a working actor since his days in England. His first full time employment was in the Design Department at Pinewood Film Studios in England. He subsequently worked in Theatre Décor. He was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Reparatory Company. He went onto working successfully as an actor in London's West End Theatre and the various alternative media.

Upon immigrating to the United States in 1986, Olaf continued his acting career while his second wife, Gabrielle Beaumont, pursued a very successful TV Director career. He had a reoccurring role as Professor Stahlman in the Doctor Who television series. He is one of only 25 actors to have speaking roles in both the "Star Trek" and the "Doctor Who" franchises. He still receives mail from fans around the world who follow the Dr. Who series and admire his work. He has written numerous screen plays and was a close friend of Sir Alec Guinness for many years.

Olaf Pooley's current studio location is at the Santa Monica Art Studios located at 3026 Airport Drive, Santa Monica, CA 90405. For more information about his paintings, email: inharmony@aol.com.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Olaf Pooley

Spouse (2)

Gabrielle Beaumont (1982 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Irlin Hall (1946 - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (12)

His father was English and his mother Danish
He was a close friend of Sir Alec Guinness for many years.
He is one of only 25 actors to have speaking roles in both the "Star Trek" and "Doctor Who" franchises. He played Professor Stahlman/Director Stahlman in Doctor Who: Inferno: Episode 1 (1970) and an elderly cleric in Star Trek: Voyager: Blink of an Eye (2000).
He has appeared in episodes of two different science fiction series which featured a regular character called the Doctor: Doctor Who: Inferno: Episode 1 (1970) and Star Trek: Voyager: Blink of an Eye (2000).
He is an Artist and paints at the Santa Monica Art Studios at 3026 Airport Avenue at the Santa Monica Airport.
With the death of Ellen Albertini Dow on May 4, 2015, he became the oldest surviving "Star Trek" actor. He held the title until his own death on July 14, 2015 when it was passed on to Norman Lloyd.
After Zohra Sehgal, he was the second Doctor Who (1963) cast member to have reached the age of 100. With Segal's death on July 10, 2014 at the age of 102, he became the oldest surviving Doctor Who (1963) actor. He held the title until his own death on July 14, 2015 when it was passed on to Earl Cameron.
Father of actress Kirstie Pooley and comedian Seyton Pooley.
Grandfather of Juliet Holland-Rose.
After Viola Kates Stimpson and Ellen Albertini Dow, he was the third "Star Trek" cast member to reach the age of 100 and the first male to do so. The fourth was Norman Lloyd.
At the time of his death, he was the oldest surviving actor to have appeared in either the "Star Trek" or "Doctor Who" franchises.
He died only 12 days before his Penny and the Pownall Case (1948) co-star Peggy Evans.

Personal Quotes (1)

It seems to me that the art of painting must be one of the most difficult forms of art there is - though I hasten to add they are all difficult. How many truly great works are produced in this medium per century, let alone per annum - particularly considering the miles of canvas that receives its quota of expensive pigment each year? It has to be admittedly, mighty few. I have personally witnessed an artist whose early etchings rank with those of Rembrandt, and who was in his day one of the most sought after English portrait painter, banging his head with his fist and moaning over and over again "my work is not good enough, my work is not good enough! And indeed stories of artists similarly expressing this sort of despair are innumerable. I have personally acted out that scene, but perhaps the knowledge that one's work is not good enough is the very thing that keeps one on a tether to one's easel for six hours or so a day! It is a privilege to be an artist and I am fortunate in this respect.

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