Sylvester McCoy (born 20 August 1943) is a Scottish actor. As a comic act and busker he appeared regularly on stage and children's television in the 1970s and 80s, before going on to play the seventh incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1987 to 1989 – the final Doctor of the original run – and a brief return in a television film in 1996. More recently, he played the wizard Radagast the Brown in Peter Jackson's film adaptations of The Hobbit.
He was born Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith in Dunoon, on the Cowal peninsula, to an Irish mother and English father, killed in action in World War II a couple of months before his son was born. was raised religious, but is now an atheist.
He was raised primarily in Dunoon where he attended St. Mun's School. He then studied for the priesthood at Blair's College, a seminary in Aberdeen between the ages of 12 and 16, but he gave this up and continued his education at Dunoon Grammar School. After he left school he moved to London where he worked in the insurance industry for 5 years. He worked in The Roundhouse box office for a time, where he was discovered by Ken Campbell...
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