Actor Alec McCowen, best known for his work in the James Bond film ‘Never Say Never Again,’ has passed away at the age of 91.
According to the BBC, McCowen’s death was announced by the Conway can Gender Grant talent agency on their Twitterpage.
McCowen, known for his acting both on stage and in films, is perhaps best remembered for his role as Q in 1983’s ‘Never Say Never Again,’ in which he appeared alongside Sean Connery as James Bond.
McCowen was also known for appearances in films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Frenzy,’ as well as ‘Gangs of New York,’ ‘Henry V,’ and ‘The Witches.’
The actor, born in 1925, primarily spent his career on stage, however. According to Digital Spy, McCowen graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was a member of the legendary Royal Shakespeare and Old Vic theatre companies. While in the Old Vic company, he acted alongside Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, according to the Washington Post.
McCowen earned three Tony Award nominations throughout his career, for his appearances in 1969’s ‘Hadrian VII,’ 1971’s ‘The Philanthropist,’ and 1979’s ‘St. Mark’s Gospel.’ Each Tony Award nomination was for Best Lead Actor In A Play.
The National Theatre paid tribute to McCowen in a tweet following the news of his death, calling him “one of the most highly-regarded actors of his generation.”
According to the Washington Post, McCowen received acclaim for his one-man show, ‘St. Mark’s Gospel,’ about the life of Jesus Christ. He performed it all over the world, including for President Jimmy Carter at the White House. The show’s run on Broadway in 1978 earned McCowen his last Tony nomination.
McCowen was made an OBE in 1972 and a CBE in 1986, according to the BBC. He is survived by his sister Jean and his two nieces and two nephews.
McCowen’s longtime partner and fellow actor Geoffrey Burridge passed away in 1987.
The cause of McCowen’s death has not been disclosed, but his agent says he passed away in his London home.
Sources: BBC, Digital Spy, Washington Post / Photo Credit: Warner Bros/Rex/Shutterstock via BBC