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Terence Bayler was born on January 24, 1930, in Wanganui, and died on August 2, 2016.
He was a New Zealand stage and screen actor.
Terence Bayler’s first film appearance was a starring role in New Zealand film Broken Barrier (1952).
He then spent the majority of his six-decade long acting career in England, although he also appeared in 1981 New Zealand feature Pictures and BBC mini-series The Other Side of Paradise (1992), filmed partly in Raratonga.
The flim Broken Barrier was the only locally made feature shot in New Zealand during the 1950s.
He starred as a young journalist who falls in love with a Maori woman.
Later, the film won healthy audiences in his home territory.
Which was directed by Roger Mirams and John O’Shea – O’Shea went on to direct the only New Zealand feature films made in the 60s, drama Runaway and musical Don’t Let it Get You.
He was given stitches above an eye after he was injured in a sword fight with actor Jon Finch (playing Macbeth) during the shooting of Roman Polanski’s 1971 film of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Bayler played Macduff.
His long associations with Monty Python date from 1975 when he appeared in Eric Idle’s BBC TV series Rutland Weekend Television.
Which led to his appearance as Leggy Mountbatten, manager of fictional Beatles-parody band The Rutles, in American-made TV movie All You Need Is Cash (1978).
Also Idle cast him in his play Pass The Butler.
Terence Bayler had a small role as Mr. Gregory in Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979), and appeared in two more of Python member Terry Gilliam’s films, Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985).
Terence Bayler passed away at 86 years old.