Charles Tingwell Dies

17th May 2009

Charles Tingwell as Captain Beaver James in the UFO episode Mindbender

Fanderson was saddened to hear of the death of the respected Australian actor Charles 'Bud' Tingwell on 15h May. Well known by fans of the Anderson series for his voice roles in Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, Tingwell also had a successful career in onscreen film and television, both in England and at home.

During WW2 Tingwell trained as a pilot officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and went on to serve in British Palestine.

After the war he appeared in numerous cult television series including The Avengers and Catweazle. His biggest production was probably The Desert Rats, the 1953 war film about the British / Australian relief of Tobruk, starring Richard Burton and James Mason, in which he played the fiercely loyal Australian soldier Lieutenent Harry Carstairs.

As well as providing various voice roles in the second series of Thunderbirds including the hilariously pessisimistic waiter Bruno in Lord Parker's 'Oliday ('It will be a great disaster!") Tingwell played Zero-X scientist Dr Tony Grant in Thunderbirds Are Go! and Doctor Fawn in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. His sole onscreen performance in an Anderson show came in the penultimate episode of UFO - Mindbender, where he played the part of Captain Beaver James, a Shado operative who starts hallucinating after contact with a strange moon diamond.

Hammer fans will also fondly remember him for his role as the unfortunate tourist Alan Kent in the acclaimed 'Dracula: Prince of Darkness' (1966), where he starred alongside Christopher Lee and Francis Matthews, the voice of the original Captain Scarlet.

Tingwell died at the age of 86 after being recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. He will be given a state funeral in recognition of his place in Australian culture.

To find out more about his life and to leave a message of condolescence, visit Charles Tingwell's Official Website.

An obituary will appear in FAB 63.