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Captain Scarlet voice actor Francis Matthews dies

15 June 2014

Actor Francis Matthews, who was the voice of Captain Scarlet in Gerry Anderson’s 1960s TV show, has died at the age of 86.

Matthews lent his voice to the indestructible puppet hero, who defended the Earth in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, in 1967 and ’68.

The actor also played private detective Paul Temple in the BBC series of the same name from 1969.

Matthews also appeared in Hammer Horror films including The Revenge of Frankenstein and Dracula: Prince of Darkness plus the Morecambe and Wise movies The Intelligence Men and That Riviera Touch.

Other TV roles included one opposite George Cole in the 1970s BBC sitcom Don’t Forget to Write!

But it was Captain Scarlet that continued to inspire devotion among its fans, to Matthews’ bemusement.