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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Dr. Who' Star Dies

LONDON () -- Actor Jon Pertwee, star of "Dr. Who,'' the BBC's cult TV science fiction series for children, died of a heart attack Monday in Connecticut, his agent said. He was 76.

Pertwee was on vacation with his wife Ingeborg and had been due to return to Britain within days to resume a tour of solo stage performances across Britain, Susan Shaper said.

His career on stage, screen and airwaves spanned 60 years, but he was best known for playing the mercurial, velvet-clad time traveler Time Lord in "Dr. Who'' from 1970 to 1974.

The series, launched in 1963, developed a large cult following, and Pertwee happily addressed "Dr. Who'' conventions around the country. "I'm very much afraid to say it, but I'm rather a cult figure," he said recently.

Pertwee is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.