George Pastell

Last updated 09 January 2020

George Pastell (1923-1976)
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George Pastellides.

Born: Tuesday 13th March 1923
Died: Sunday 4th April 1976 (age: 53)


George Pastell was a Cypriot character actor in British films and television programmes. 

He made his film debut in Give Us This Day (1949), under his real name of Nino Pastellides, and went onto carve out a career as villains in film and television. Although Greek, he was often cast by Hammer Film Productions as Eastern characters such as Mehemet Bey in The Mummy (1959); the High Priest of Kali in The Stranglers of Bombay (1960); and Hashmi Bey in The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964).

His exotic looks often saw him cast in spy movies of the sixties such as From Russia with Love (1963); Licensed to Kill (1965); A Man Could Get Killed (1966); That Riviera Touch (1966); andDeadlier Than the Male (1967).

As well as these film roles he could also be seen as the villain in numerous television series of the sixties including Danger ManThe AvengersDoctor WhoThe ChampionsThe Saint; and Department S.