An actor known for his performance in the movie “The Great Escape” — who also appeared on the television series “Doctor Who” — has died. The U.K. publication The Guardian reports that Tom Adams died Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
The report cites Adams’ agent, Emma Harvey.
“A true gentleman, his personality was as big and warm as his voice,” Harvey said. “We’ll miss him very much.”
In “Doctor Who,” he played Vorshak in “Warriors of the Deep.” His other television work includes “The Onedin Line,” where he played Sir Daniel Fogarty, and “The Avengers.” He was also known for his voice work on commercials, and was the voice of E4, the British digital television channel.
“Adams, who lived in Windsor, was a young actor when he landed the role of Dai Nimmo, the RAF officer in charge of diversions in ‘The Great Escape,'” the report notes. “The 1963 classic Second World War drama about a mass breakout from a POW camp saw him star opposite Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough and James Garner.”
Tom Adams in “The Great Escape”