Clement Graham Crowden
(30 November 1922 – 19 October 2010) was a Scottish actor
. He was best known for his many appearances in television comedy dramas and films, often playing eccentric 'offbeat' scientist, teacher and doctor characters.
Crowden was born in Edinburgh
, the son of Anne Margaret (née
Paterson) and Harry Graham Crowden. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy
before serving briefly in the Royal Scots
Youth Battalion of the army until he was injured in a bizarre accident. During arms drill, he was shot by his Sergeant-Major when his rifle discharged. The sergeant said "what is it now, Crowden?" Crowden replied, "I think you've shot me sergeant." He later found work in a tannery
Crowden is known for his roles in BBC
comedy-dramas, including Dr. Jock McCannon in A Very Peculiar Practice
and Tom Ballard in Waiting for God
. He also had a long and distinguished theatrical career, most notably at Sir Laurence Olivier
's National Theatre
where he performed as The Player King in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
, the play by Tom Stoppard
He occasionally played mad scientists in film, taking the role of Doctor Millar in the Mick Travis films
of director Lindsay Anderson
, O Lucky Man!
(1973) and Britannia Hospital
(1982), and also playing the sinister Doctor Smiles in the film of Michael Moorcock
's first Jerry Cornelius
novel, The Final......