Terence Bayler (1930 - 2016)

Terence Bayler, a "Monty Python" regular who also played the Bloody Baron in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," died Aug. 2, according to multiple news sources. He was 86.

Born Jan. 24, 1930, in Wanganui, New Zealand, Bayler broke into acting in his home country but spent most of his career in England, performing onstage as well as on TV and in movies in several popular British franchises. Among the earliest was "Doctor Who" – Bayler played two separate characters in 1966 and 1969 episodes of the science fiction classic.

A weighty role followed in 1971 when he played Macduff in Roman Polanski's adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth." Polanski was committed enough to securing Bayler for the role that he changed the shooting schedule to accommodate another project Bayler was involved in. Among the notable moments in production was an injury Bayler received above his eye in a sword fight with Jon Finch as Macbeth, for which he needed stitches.


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Bayler first became one of the "Monty Python" team's go-to auxiliary players when he appeared in Eric Idle's 1975-76 BBC sketch show, "Rutland Weekend Television." He played a variety of characters including the presenter of "Rutland Showtime."

Out of "Rutland Weekend Television" grew the 1978 cult-classic Beatles-parody mockumentary, "The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash." Bayler joined the cast as Leggy Mountbatten, the band's manager and a sendup of real-life Beatles manager Brian Epstein. In a remembrance upon hearing of Bayler's death, Idle specifically noted Bayler's performance in "The Rutles," calling his character "legendary Leggy!"

1979 saw Bayler in the Python film "The Life of Brian," in which he played Mr. Gregory and was responsible for two of the movie's most memorable lines. In a scene when a crowd is worshipping Brian and shouting, "We're all individuals," Bayler's character piped up, "I'm not." And in the film's crucifixion scene, as many convicts claim to be Brian – "I'm Brian! I'm Brian!" – Bayler delivered a laugh with the ad-libbed line, "I'm Brian, and so's my wife!"

Bayler would work with Python alum Terry Gilliam in two films, "Time Bandits" (1981) and "Brazil" (1985). Other notable films include "The Remains of the Day" (1993) and "Chemical Wedding" (2008). In 2001, he was part of the cast of the first "Harry Potter" film adaptation, playing the Bloody Baron, house ghost of Slytherin.

Bayler was twice married and is survived by Valerie, his second wife, as well as by two children.

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