Captain Scarlet Actor Francis Matthews Dies
The actor who provided the voice of indestructible puppet hero Captain Scarlet in the 1960s TV show has died at the age of 86.
Francis Matthews brought the Mysteron-battling sci-fi character to life in creator Gerry Anderson's programme between 1967 and 1968.
His voice for Scarlet, which was based on the transatlantic accent of Hollywood star Cary Grant, became well-known to generations of children thanks to countless re-runs over the years.
Matthews also became known for playing amateur detective Paul Temple in the TV drama series of the same name and appeared in several Hammer Horror films.
Anderson Entertainment said: "We are very sorry to report that Francis Matthews, best known to Gerry Anderson fans as the voice of the indestructible puppet hero Captain Scarlet, has died aged 86.
"Having previously had a policy of using American accents in their shows to aid sales to America, Gerry and Sylvia relaxed their casting requirements for Captain Scarlet as it was felt that British accents were now more acceptable Stateside than had previously been the case.
"After hearing Matthews' uncanny impression of Cary Grant, a voice that would have been familiar to all on both sides of the Atlantic, he was cast in 1966."
Matthews' wife, the actress Angela Browne, died in 2001, Anderson Entertainment said.
He is survived by his sons Damien, Paul and Dominic.