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Angelo Muscat
Muscat in The Prisoner
Angelo Muscat

(1930-09-24)24 September 1930
Died 10 October 1977(1977-10-10) (aged 47)
Nationality Maltese
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965–1971

Angelo Muscat (24 September 1930 – 10 October 1977) was a Maltese character actor. He is primarily recalled for his role as the mute butler in the 1967 TV series The Prisoner.


Muscat was born in Malta to a policeman father. He was distinctly diminutive at only 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m), although both his parents and his three brothers were over 6 ft (1.8 m) in height. Muscat initially found work as a kitchen porter and then as a stoker at an RAF base in Malta. After the death of his parents and finding himself largely alone, he moved to England where he worked in a zip-fastener factory. In 1961 Muscat joined a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that was to tour the United Kingdom. Moving into television, he played a Chumbley robot in the Doctor Who serial Galaxy 4 (1965), played the part of a clown in the ITV series Emergency – Ward 10 and appeared as the Queen's Servant in the BBC television adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (1966).

Muscat appeared in the television series The Prisoner (1967-1968) with Patrick McGoohan, appearing in 14 of the 17 episodes as the mute butler. He played an Oompa-Loompa in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (uncredited, 1971). He also appeared in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour (1967).

During his later years, Muscat lived alone and virtually penniless in a basement flat in North London. He found it difficult to find acting work, and to supplement his income he made ornate birdcages by hand.


Muscat died on 10 October 1977, aged 47 at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.


Each year, on 10 October a small group of enthusiasts dubbed the "Friends of Angelo Muscat" (FOAM) celebrate his life.

TV and filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1965 Doctor Who Chumbley Operator / Chumblie Episode: "Galaxy 4"
1966 Alice in Wonderland Queen's Servant uncredited
1967 The Prisoner The Butler
Magical Mystery Tour Catching Dwarf uncredited
1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Oompa Loompa uncredited, final film role
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