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Peter Wyngarde

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Peter Wyngarde played Timanov in the Doctor Who television story Planet of Fire.

Wyngarde is best known for playing debonair detective Jason King in the early 1970s TV series Department S and its spinoff, Jason King. Wyngarde's performance in those shows — topped off by a huge head of hair — was later cited as one of the inspirations for Mike Myers' Austin Powers character.

The two Jason King series were part of the ITV stable of action-adventure shows of the late 60s-early 70s. At one point or another Wyngarde appeared in virtually all of the major ones, including The Avengers, The Prisoner (as one of the show's Number Twos), The Saint, The Champions, and The Baron. He also guest-starred in an episode of the US spy series I Spy. Wyngarde was considered a major TV star thanks to Jason King, but his career was hurt when he experienced a series of legal and financial issues.

Wyngarde was primarily a television actor, though he made a rare big-screen appearance in the 1980 version of Flash Gordon.

His most recent dramatic TV credit was a 1994 episode of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, although as recently as 2007 he was seen engaging in an intentionally humorous mock interview for a DVD/Blu-Ray featurette for a reissue of The Prisoner. Ironically, given his hirsute image as Jason King, he appeared in the featurette bald-headed.

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