Paul Geoffrey, who played Percival in ‘Excalibur’ and appeared in ‘Better Call Saul’, has died at the age of 68
- Geoffrey died of cancer on June 3rd
- The actor played a key role in Excalibur as Perceval, a key ally of King Arthur
- The English actor moved to New Mexico and became a real estate agent
Paul Geoffrey, the film and television actor who appeared in Excalibur and had a brief appearance in Better Call Saul, has died.
The actor was 68 at the time of his death from cancer on June 3, according to an obituary in the newspaper Santa Fe New Mexican.
Geoffrey had a slew of roles in films and TV series in the 1980s before sitting out completely in the 2000s.
He has returned to acting in occasional roles over the past decade, and his most recent role was in a 2019 episode of the Epix series Perpetual Grace.
Geoffrey, who was born and raised in England, began a second career as a real estate agent after moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, although he later managed to balance his new profession with his first love.
Film and TV actor: Paul Geoffrey, the film and TV actor who appeared in Excalibur (pictured) and had a brief appearance in Better Call Saul, died of cancer on June 3 at the age of 68
Big series: One of his most recent roles on a high-profile series was in a 2015 episode of Better Call Saul; pictured with star Bob Odenkirk (right)
“Paul was an actor through and through and continued to act for the rest of his life. “He loved French wine and food, had an amazing grasp of history, was a lifelong Arsenal fan and distinguished himself by being the cutest guy alive,” reads part of his obituary.
Geoffrey’s most prominent role was in the 1981 classic Excalibur, in which he played Perceval.
The film takes a dark and violent look at the Arthurian legend, and director and co-writer John Boorman filled the film with disturbing, surreal imagery.
The film also starred Helen Mirren and Nicol Williamson and helped launch the early careers of Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne and Ciarán Hinds, among others.
Although some critics were put off by the dark fantasy elements, it received mostly positive reviews and was a commercial success. He also won an award for Best Artistic Contribution at the Cannes Film Festival.
Geoffrey’s role was particularly important as Perceval is the sole survivor after Arthur and his knights all fall, and he is tasked with throwing Arthur’s sword back at the Lady of the Lake, who claims it once again.
The film may have landed the actor in a number of other roles, but his career has never fared as well as some of his Excalibur co-stars.
Geoffrey’s next major role was as Lord John “Jack” Clayton in Ralph Richardson’s 1984 Tarzan film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan.
Geoffrey played the role of Mr. Lockwood in the 1992 film adaptation of Wuthering Heights, which starred Juliette Binoche.
Star moment: Geoffrey played the key role of Perceval in Excalibur and had a pivotal moment in the film following the deaths of Arthur’s other knights, but his career never progressed as well as some of his co-stars; nor from Excalibur
Keep busy: He then appeared in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (1984), along with a 1992 Juliette Binoche adaptation of Wuthering Heights and a 1995 TV film directed by Anna Karenina; nor from Excalibur
He also appeared in a 1995 television adaptation of Anna Karenina, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Christopher Reeve.
He appeared in an episode of Inspector Morse in the late 1980s and stayed true to the mystery theme in a 1990 episode of Poirot.
One of his last high-profile shows was Better Call Saul, in which he appeared as a tailor in one episode in 2015. The series was filmed in his adopted home of New Mexico.
Geoffrey is survived by his wife Sue Taylor and their three children: Alex, Oliver and Daisy. No memorial plans have been announced