Henry Woolf

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Henry Woolf as the Wedding Photographer and a Transylvanian

Henry Woolf (January 20, 1930 - November 12, 2021) was a British actor, theatre director, and teacher of acting, drama, and theatre who portrayed a Transylvanian in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Henry Woolf was born in Holborn, London, and educated at Hackney Downs School, where he met future playwright Harold Pinter; he and Pinter were friends and collaborators for over 60 years.

Woolf began his acting career in the late 1950s, and started racking up credits in the early ’60s on both stage and screen. In 1971, he appeared alongside Tim Curry (and future Transylvanian Anthony Milner) in Bertolt Brecht's play, Man is Man, at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England. Both Woolf and his actress wife, Susan, appeared in many shows at the Royal Court before, during and after The Rocky Horror Show played at the Theater Upstairs in 1973. Being in the same acting circle as so many of the other cast members, Woolf was invited to be a Transylvanian in the film version.

Woolf continued to act and direct, and taught acting at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada where he ran the annual Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan festival. Woolf was awarded The Saskatchewan Order of Merit for his works.


2010: Arena (TV Series documentary) Harold Pinter: A Celebration - Various characters
2007: Smallfilm (Short) - Otto
2006: Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (TV Mini-Series) -Jack Corman
2004: Of Note (Short) - The Boss
1999: Revenge of the Land (TV Movie)
1990: Sylvan Lake Summer - Bastini
1990: The Silver Chair (TV Series) Doctor Cornelius
1989: Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (TV Series) - Dr. Cornelius
1988: Webster (TV Series) - Gordy
1987: Maid to Order - Jailer
1986: Red Serge (TV Series) - Josiah Spinks
1984: Jane (TV Series) - Sheik Bulbul Ben Catara
1983: Gorky Park - Levin
1983: Superman III - Penguin Man
1978: The Hound of the Baskervilles - Shopkeeper
1978: The Ruttles: All You Need Is Cash (TV Movie) - Arthur Sultan, The Surrey Mystic
1978: Sykes (TV Series) Herbert Wetherspoon
1977: Doctor Who (TV Series) - Collector
1977: Rogue Male (TV Movie) - Ticket Seller
1977: Don't Forget to Write! (TV Series) - Frank
1977: Joseph Andrews - Mr. Wilson's Companion
1975-1976: Rutland Weekend Television (TV Series)
1976: The Molly Wopsies (TV Series) - Ice-cream man
1975: The Sweeney (TV Series) - Jimmy Dancer
1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show- Transylvanian/Wedding Photographer
1975: Churchill's People (TV Series)
1975: Galileo Father Clavius
1974: Steptoe and Son (TV Series) - Frankie Barrow
1974: Funny Ha-Ha (TV Series) - Vince
1973: Skinflicker (Short) - Henry
1973: Frost's Weekly (TV Series) - Various Characters
1973: The Protectors (TV Series) - Paco
1973: Steptoe and Son Ride Again - Frankie Barrow
1973: Monologue (TV Movie)
1972: The Love Pill - Libido
1972: The Edwardians (TV Mini-Series) - Tommy Cox
1972: Full House (TV Series) - Actor in sketches
1972: Savage Messiah - Gendarme (uncredited)
1972: The Ruling Class - Inmate
1970: Figures in a Landscape - Helicopter Pilot
1969: Z Cars (TV Series) - Eddie Murphy
1969: The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (TV Series) - Mr. Stincksz-Bernah / Second removal man / Fire Chief
1969: Alfred the Great - Wenda
1969: The Bed Sitting Room - Electricity man
1968: Great Catherine - Egrebyomka
1968: The Lion in Winter - Strolling Player
1968: Tell Me Lies - Guest
1967: Marat/Sade - Father
1965: The Man in Room 17 (TV Series) -Luis
1965: San Ferry Ann - French Van Driver
1964: A Home of Your Own
1962: Suspense (TV Series) - Telephone Operator
1962: Stranger in the City (TV Series) - Syd Croucher
1961: Jacks and Knaves (TV Series) – Jimmy


2000: Harold Pinter's Celebration, (Almeida Theatre, London)
2000: Harold Pinter’s The Room (Almeida Theatre, London)
1977: Hancock's Last Half-Hour (Almost Free Theatre, London)
1974: The Iceman Cometh (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland)
1972: The ThreePenny Opera (Prince of Wales Theatre, London)
1971: The Duchess of Malfi (Royal Court Theatre, London)
1971: Man is Man (Royal Court Theatre, London)
1970: Come Together (Royal Court Theatre, London)
1970: AC/DC (Royal Court Theatre, The Theatre Upstairs, London)
1970: Beckett 3 (The Theatre Upstairs, London)
1970: Christie in Love (The Theatre Upstairs, London)
1970: Whitby Lifeboat Disaster (Victoria Theatre Stoke-on-Trent)
1970: Antigone (The Freehold)
1970: The Pardoner's Tale and Superman (The Pip Simmons Theatre Group)
1969: Early Morning (Royal Court Theatre, London)
1967: Dingo (Royal Court Theatre, London)
1966: US - Royal Shakespeare Company production (Aldwych Theatre, London)
1964: The Pedagogue (Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre, London)
1964: The Keyhole (Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre, London)
1964: Act Without Words II (Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre, London)
1964: Picnic on the Battlefield (Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre, London)
1964: No Why (Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre, London)