b. 1926, d. 1997
Andrew Keir was a usually bearded, gruff-voiced Scottish actor with a formidable presence in his best Hammer roles, namely as the vampire-hunter Father Sandor in Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965) and Professor Bernard Quatermass in Quatermass and the Pit (1967, pictured). In the former, he was a strong rival for Peter Cushing's Van Helsing, and in the latter his performance was a welcome relief after Brian Donlevy's wooden performance in the same role earlier.
As Professor Fuchs in Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, he once again stood in for Cushing, who had just begun filming when his wife fell ill.
He tended to get much smaller parts outside Hammer, with films such as The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Lord Jim (1965), and The Thirty Nine Steps (1978).
The Devil-Ship Pirates (1963); Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965), Quatermass and the Pit (1967); Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971).