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Anthony Ainley (20 August 1932 – 3 May 2004) was an English actor best known for his work on British television and particularly for his role as the third Master in Doctor Who. He was the fourth actor to play the role of the Master, and the first actor to portray the Master as a recurring role after the death of Roger Delgado in 1973. He is to date the longest-serving actor to play the role, outlasting several Doctors. He was born in Stanmore, Middlesex the son of the actor Henry Ainley. His half-brother, Richard Ainley, was also an actor. Although he was born on 20 August 1932 his birth was not registered until January 1938 following the birth of his brother Timothy. The birth certificates of Anthony and Timothy identify their mother as Clarice Holmes and it is under this surname that they are recorded in the Official Register. Although no father is named on the birth certificates Timothy's marriage certificate identifies Henry Ainley as his father. Ainley's swarthy appearance tended to get him parts as villains, though an early regular role on British television was as Det.