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Actor Charles Gray Passes Away
Star of ROCKY HORROR and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER dies at 71.
By Steve Biodrowski
March 08, 2000
Veteran actor Charles Gray passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71, according to his agent. The actor specialized in smooth, suave, but dangerous characters. He was perhaps most well known to genre fans for his work as the Criminologist in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) and in the James Bond film DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1969), in which he played 007's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Gray also played a sympathetic character in a previous Bond film, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967). His other genre roles included Mocata, the evil leader of a Satanic cult, opposite Christopher Lee in Hammer's minor horror classic, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (a.k.a., THE DEVIL'S BRIDE). His smooth, subtle manner was the perfect embodiment of scheming evil. In 1974, he was in the werewolf thriller, THE BEAST MUST DIE. And for PBS, he played JULIUS CEASER (I know, you think that's not genre, but Ceaser reappears as a ghost after his assassination.) He also appeared in numerous film and TV productions based on Sherlock Holmes (A SEVEN PERCENT SOLUTION, with Nicol Williamson; 'The Greek Interpreter,' with Jeremy Brett), often playing Holmes older, smarter brother Mycroft, to good effect. His most recent appearance was in LONGITUDE (2000), starring Michael Gambon and Jeremy Irons.