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Andrew Keir (3 April 1926-5 October 1997), born Andrew Buggy in Shotts, North Lanarkshire, played Wyler in Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.. He remains well-known for his roles in several Hammer Films horror film productions during the 1960s.

Keir, the son of a coal-miner, initially worked in the coal mines of his home town himself, leaving school to become a miner at the age of fourteen. He avoided being drafted into service during World War II and worked the mines for six years until 1946, when, at the age of twenty, he joined the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre to train as an actor.

He made his film debut in the early Hammer film The Lady Craves Excitement in 1950. His film work included well-known pictures such as A Night to Remember (1958), Cleopatra (1963), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and Lord Jim (1965).

Probably his best-known role during this period, and his major starring role, was as Professor Bernard Quatermass in the 1967 Hammer Films adaptation of the BBC television serial Quatermass and the Pit, which starred André Morell. The storyline of the serial and subsequent film was a significant influence on several stories in Doctor Who, most notably The Dæmons.

Later film roles included parts in the 1978 version of The Thirty-Nine Steps and Rob Roy (1995).

Keir also enjoyed an extensive television career, with guest starring roles in a variety of popular British television series, from Ivanhoe (1958) to Hamish Macbeth (1996). In between, he appeared in popular series such as The Avengers, The Saint, Taggart and Boon. He also starred in the popular Australian television series The Outsiders (1976).

Keir also worked on the radio, most notably when he returned to the role of Quatermass for the 1996 drama-documentary The Quatermass Memoirs, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This made him one of only two actors - Brian Donlevy being the other - to play the part of the Professor twice.

Keir was married to Joyce Scott. They had five children: Andrew, Maureen, Sean, Deirdre and Julie. Sean, Deirdre and Julie (known professionally as Julie T. Wallace) all became actors. Sean and Deirdre moved into producing.

He died on 5 October 1997 in London, England, aged 71.

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