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Sunday, July 16, 2006

R.I.P. Peter Hawkins

UPI reports:

LONDON, July 15 (UPI) -- Peter Hawkins, a British actor who voiced characters that ranged from "The Flowerpot Men" to the sinister Daleks on "Dr. Who," has died at the age of 82.

Hawkins began his acting career on stage after World War II service in the Navy, The Independent reported. His first television role was also a conventional one.

But he quickly moved to providing voices for children's puppet shows on television, helping to make "The Flowerpot Men" a success in the 1950s. That show featured two creatures with legs made from flower pots.

Hawkins' achievements included doing all the voices for "Captain Pugwash," a pirate cartoon that ran from 1957 to 1966 and for the later "Sir Prancelot."

He helped create the distinctive sound of the Daleks, the sinister robotic enemies of Dr. Who, and of another Dr. Who adversary, the Cybermen.

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