Horror History – Geoffrey Bayldon

bayldonGeoffrey Bayldon
Born Jan. 7th, 1924

While he might be known for his extensive work on television and in the theater, for us horror fans, Bayldon was known for the little roles that he appeared in a handful of horror films, most notably in the 1972 films Asylum for Amicus Films, which he is pictured here.  He was trained to become an actor in the Old Vic Theatre School from 1947 to 1949, making his first stage appearance in 1949.  According to Bayldon, he was also offered the role of Doctor Who in the first incarnation of him, as well as the second.  But for some reason, he turned them down.

For horror fans, you will see Bayldon pop up in films like Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The House That Dripped Blood (1972), and even The Horror of Dracula (1958).  Like his role in ASYLUM, his performance in The House That Dripped Blood, as the person who sells John Pertwee a Dracula cloak, is so fun and so memorible.  Bayldon is another one of those many character actors that filled out the British film industry, making the films so much more entertaining.

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