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Nicholas Courtney, 'Doctor Who' Actor, Dead at 81 [VIDEOS]

Feb 23, 2011 – 9:19 AM
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Torie Bosch Contributor

It's a sad day for legions of "Doctor Who" fans.

Nicholas Courtney, who played Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart on "Doctor Who," has died at the age of 81. Courtney's agent told the BBC that the actor passed away after a short illness.

Playing "the Brigadier" was the defining role of his career. Courtney first appeared on "Doctor Who" in 1965, playing a different role, and first became the Brigadier in 1968. He appeared regularly on the show through the '70s, then reprised the role in specials in the '80s, for a total of 107 episodes. In 2008, he also showed up on two episodes of "The Sarah Jane Adventures," a "Doctor Who" spinoff.

Courtney was born in 1929 in Egypt, where his father was working as a diplomat.

Check out some of Courtney's appearances in "Doctor Who."

The Brigadier takes on the Doctor in these clips from a 1970 episode called "Inferno."

From a 1983 episode called "The Five Doctors."

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