George Pastell

George Pastell (13 March 1923 – 4 April 1976) was a Cypriot character actor in British films and television programmes. Sources vary as to whether his real name was Nino (IMDb) or George Pastellides (BFI).[2][1]

George Pastell
in The Mummy (1959)
Nino Pastellides

(1923-03-13)13 March 1923[1]
Died4 April 1976(1976-04-04) (aged 53)
Years active1940-1976 (his death)
Spouse(s)Gloria George (1958-1976) (his death)


He made his film debut in Give Us This Day (1949), credited as Nino Pastellides, and played villains in film and television. Although Cypriot, 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), Inspector Etienne in Maniac (1963), and Hashmi Bey in The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964).[3][4]

His exotic looks often saw him cast in spy films of the '60s such as From Russia with Love (1963); Licensed to Kill (1965); A Man Could Get Killed (1966); That Riviera Touch (1966); and Deadlier Than the Male (1967). He also appeared in the films Tiger Bay, The Angry Hills (1959), The Siege of Sidney Street (1960), Konga, The Frightened City (1961), On the Beat (1962), The Moon-Spinners (1964), The Long Duel (1967) and The Magus (1968).[1]

He also appeared as the villain in the '60s television series Danger Man; The Avengers; Doctor Who; The Champions; The Saint; and Department S.[5]


He died on 4 April 1976 from a heart attack.[6]

Selected filmography


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