VETERAN Scottish actor Robert Urquhart, who appeared in films with

some of Hollywood's biggest stars, died yesterday. He was 72.

Born in Ullapool, he went to school in Edinburgh and trained at RADA,

before beginning his acting career in Glasgow.

He appeared in many Scottish stage roles and in a number of TV roles,

but his film breakthrough came in 1957, in Hammer's The Curse of

Frankenstein, with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

A year later, he starred alongside John Mills and Richard Attenborough

in Dunkirk, and then, in 1963, he appeared with Charlton Heston, David

Niven, Ava Gardner, and Dame Flora Robson in 55 Days at Peking.

Mr Urquhart's most recent major role was in the 1985 cult Scottish

comedy, Restless Natives, while his best- known TV series were

Pathfinders and The Amazing Mr Goodhall.

For the last two decades, he ran a hotel and arts centre in Ullapool,

with his second wife Jean.

Mr Urquhart, who had recently had a second heart bypass operation,

died in an Edinburgh hospital. He is survived by his wife, and two

teenage children.