The Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, was born this day in 1920. He was classically trained for the stage but became most widely known for his roles in television and film. His work included appearances in several fantasy, science fiction and horror films, but he became best known for his role as the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running British science-fiction television series Doctor Who, which he played from 1966 to 1969; he reprised the role in 1973, 1983 and 1985. WATCH!
On 27 March 1987, two days after his 67th birthday, Troughton was a guest at the Magnum Opus Con II science fiction convention in Columbus, Georgia, USA. Although he had been warned by his doctors before leaving the UK not to exert himself because of his heart condition, Troughton appeared to be in good spirits and participated vigorously in the day’s panels, and was looking forward to a belated birthday celebration, which was planned for Saturday evening, as well as screenings of all of his surviving complete Doctor Who stories, including The Dominators, which Troughton was particularly eager to see again, on Saturday afternoon.
Troughton suffered a third and final heart attack at 7:25 am the next day, just after ordering his breakfast from the hotel staff. According to the paramedics who were called, Troughton died instantly.