Olaf Pooley was a British actor and writer born in Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, England.
Pooley wrote and appeared in the film The Corpse (released in the United States as Crucible of Horror), starring Michael Gough, and wrote, directed and appeared in The Johnstown Monster. He also wrote the screenplay for a film version of Bernard Taylor's The Godsend, which was directed by his future wife Gabrielle Beaumont. Pooley's other writing credits include the 1982 TV film Falcon's Gold and being an uncredited writer on the 1985 sci-fi horror movie Lifeforce.
Pooley's TV guest appearances since the 1950s include Dixon of Dock Green, Paul Temple, Jason King, MacGyver and Star Trek: Voyager.
He played Professor Stahlman and his parallel Earth counterpart Director Stahlmann in the Doctor Who serial Inferno (1970).
He played Lars Torvik in the first episode of The Sandbaggers, entitled First Principles (1978).
His other appearances include the 1958 BBC radio play Ambrose In Paris and Sebastian in a 1956 film production of The Tempest. Pooley had a major career in West End theatre appearing in such notable productions such as Noél Coward's Peace In Our Time and Shakespeare's The Tempest and Othello.
He is also notable as being one of a handful of actors to appear in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises.
Pooley lived in Southern California where he was become a respected artist both in the US and overseas.