Monday, October 18, 2010

Actor Simon MacCorkindale Passes On

Actor Simon MacCorkindale passed on 14 October 2010 at the age of 58. The cause was bowel cancer.

Simon MacCorkindale was born on 12 February 1952 in Ely, Cambridgeshire. He spent part of his childhood in Edinburgh where his father, a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force, was stationed. He attended Haileybury and Imperial College in Hertfordshire. He eventually decided to become a stage director and trained at the Studio 68 acting school.  Mr. MacCorkindale made his acting debut at the Belgarde Theatre in Coventry and made his debut on the West End in Pygmalion

Simon MacCorkindale made his television debut in  a guest appearance on Hawkeye the Pathfinder in 1973. Over the next few years he appeared on television in BBC Play of the Month, Sutherland's Law, Hunter's Walk, I Claudius, Beasts, Jesus of Nazareth, Just William, Quatermass (1979), Hammer House of Horror, and Dynasty. He appeared in the  films Juggernaut (1974), Death on the Nile (1978), The Quatermass Conclusion (1979), The Riddle of the Sands (1979), and The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982).

In 1983 Simon MacCorkindale was cast in the notorious TV series Manimal. It was cancelled after only eight episodes. From 1984 to 1986 Mr. MacCorkindale played the role of Greg Reardon on Falcon Crest. From 1990 to 1993 he played the role of Peter Sinclair on the series Counterstrike. He spent the rest of the Nineties appearing on telefilms, as well as guest starring on La Femme Nikita, Poltergeist: The Legacy, and Earth: Final Conflict. He appeared in the film Wing Commander  (1999). In the Naughts he played Harry Harper on Casualty from 2002 to 2008. He guest starred on Dark Realm, Queen of Swords, Relic Hunter, and New Tricks. He appeared in the films A Closed Book (2010) and 13Hrs (2010).

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