This is a 10 x 8 photo that was hand signed by William Hoyland in silver sharpie.
William Hoyland (10 November 1943 – 15 July 2017) was an English actor whose career spanned fifty years. He appeared in several British television series.
After a Quaker education at Leighton Park in Reading, Hoyland started out in a short film titled You're Human Like The Rest of Them in 1967. After several small roles in well-known series, such as Z-Cars and Coronation Street, he appeared in five episodes of the 1976 television mini-series Bill Brand, as Sandiford.
Two years later, he appeared in the 1978 All Creatures Great and Small episode "The Name of the Game" as Mr Blenkinsopp, the village's vicar. He reprised the role two episodes later in "Ways and Means".
Hoyland had a brief role in the 1981 Bond film For Your Eyes Only as McGregor, a military officer serving as caretaker of a classified device aboard the spy ship St. Georges. He also appeared in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi as Commander Igar. His character captured Luke Skywalker, and handed both the rebel and his lightsaber over to Darth Vader.
In addition to acting in over seventy productions in cinema and television, Hoyland was also a noted stage actor. In 1974, he joined the Joint Stock Theatre Company and found success playing Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel in Nuremberg and Donald Rumsfeld in Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. In 2016, the year before his death, he acted in A Month of Sundays, a play written by Robert Larbey and set in an old folk's home.
In 1996, Hoyland again played an officer, this time Arthur Fieldson, in the mini-series Our Friends In The North. He went on to play a number of other officers, barristers and doctors in various productions past the turn of the century. In 2004 he appeared as Klaus Werner von Krupt in Hellboy. Later in life, he also had minor roles in Mr. Sloane and Call The Midwife. His last role, aired in the year of his death, was as a headmaster in the mini-series Man In An Orange Shirt.
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