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Category Archives: Obituary

Des O’Connor obituary | Television & radio | The Guardian

Preview in new tab One day in 1964, over a cup of coffee, Des O’Connor told the comedian Eric Morecambe that he hoped to be an international star. “Well, I’d … Continue reading

11/15/2020

Geoffrey Palmer tribute: perfect portrayals of male emotional incompetence | Television & radio | The Guardian

His long, thin face tending to dolefulness even in repose, Geoffrey Palmer, who has died aged 93, was one of the finest screen purveyors of pain, sadness and other male … Continue reading

11/06/2020

Actor and comedian John Sessions dies aged 67 | Television & radio | The Guardian

The actor and comedian John Sessions has died at the age of 67. Sessions, best known for appearing on television shows including Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Have I Got … Continue reading

11/04/2020

Sean Connery [1930–2020] with Richard Vernon in Goldfinger

As a tribute to the actor Sean Connery, who has died at the age of 90, here are two photographs of my father — Richard Vernon — playing Colonel Smithers … Continue reading

11/01/2020

Frank Windsor, star of Z-Cars and Softly, Softly, dies aged 92 | Television & radio | The Guardian

The actor Frank Windsor has died at the age of 92, it has been announced by his agent. Windsor, perhaps best known for his role as DS John Watt in … Continue reading

10/03/2020

Helen Reddy obituary | Music | The Guardian

Every social movement has its definitive song, and feminism got its anthem in 1972 when the Australian singer Helen Reddy released the single I Am Woman. In three elegant minutes, … Continue reading

10/01/2020

Sir Ronald Harwood, Oscar-winning scriptwriter for The Pianist, dies at 85 | Ronald Harwood | The Guardian

Sir Ronald Harwood, the playwright and screenwriter best known for The Dresser and his Oscar-winning script for The Pianist, has died aged 85. Harwood, who also wrote several books and … Continue reading

09/10/2020

Chariots of Fire actor Ben Cross dies aged 72 – BBC News

Actor Ben Cross, who was best known for playing athlete Harold Abrahams in the film Chariots of Fire, has died at the age of 72. His representatives said he had … Continue reading

08/19/2020 · 2 Comments

Julian Bream obituary | Music | The Guardian

Britain had to wait a long time for its great classical guitarist. But the debut at the Wigmore Hall, London, in November 1951 of Julian Bream proclaimed the arrival of … Continue reading

08/14/2020

Sir Alan Parker obituary | Film | The Guardian

In 2013, Alan Parker, who has died aged 76, received the Bafta fellowship award “in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image”. Parker was praised … Continue reading

08/01/2020

Olivia de Havilland, star of Gone with the Wind, dies at 104 | Film | The Guardian

Olivia de Havilland was so much more than ‘the fragrant queen of the Hollywood costume drama’, as described in The Guardian Olivia de Havilland, the fragrant queen of the Hollywood … Continue reading

07/27/2020

Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning Italian film composer, dies aged 91 | Music | The Guardian

Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose symphonic scores backed everything from spaghetti westerns to romance, horror and sci-fi films, has died aged 91… … His 1960s scores for Sergio Leone, … Continue reading

07/06/2020

Carl Reiner dies: Comedy icon created ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ – Los Angeles Times

Carl Reiner, the veteran comedy actor, writer, director and producer who created the classic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and played second banana to Sid Caesar and straight man … Continue reading

06/30/2020

‘This is the best moment of my life,’ he said, lying in the bath: Ian Holm remembered | Film | The Guardian

  That sense of emotional ruthlessness was what made him such a brilliant Lear Richard Eyre Ian Holm was, as it was so often said, the actor’s actor. Not because … Continue reading

06/22/2020

Obituary: Ian Holm – BBC News

Sir Ian Holm was the consummate supporting actor, happy to let others bask in the limelight of stardom. He built his career in the theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company, … Continue reading

06/19/2020

Actor Michael Angelis dies aged 76 – BBC News

Actor Michael Angelis, known for his role in TV dramas such as Boys from the Blackstuff, and for narrating Thomas The Tank Engine, has died at the age of 76. … Continue reading

05/31/2020

The Bill actor Tony Scannell dies aged 74 – BBC News

ActorTony Scannell, who played DS Ted Roach in ITV police drama The Bill, has died at the age of 74. The Cork-born star served in the RAF before turning to acting, … Continue reading

05/28/2020

The Great Escape actor George Mikell dies aged 91 | London Evening Standard

Actor George Mikell, best known for his roles in The Guns Of Navarone and The Great Escape, has died at the age of 91. The Lithuanian-born actor also appeared in … Continue reading

05/18/2020

Michel Piccoli, renowned French acting veteran, dies aged 94 | Film | The Guardian

Michel Piccoli, the veteran French actor renowned for a string of celebrated performances for directors such as Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, has died aged 94. It was … Continue reading

05/18/2020

Brian Dennehy, veteran stage and screen actor, dies aged 81

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid19-related,” his daughter Elizabeth tweeted. Source: Brian Dennehy, veteran stage and screen … Continue reading

04/20/2020

Obituary: Tim Brooke-Taylor, life of funnyman who co-wrote The Four Yorkshiremen – BBC News

The comic actor, who was best known as one of anarchic TV trio The Goodies, has died aged 79 with coronavirus Source: Obituary: Tim Brooke-Taylor, life of funnyman who co-wrote … Continue reading

04/12/2020

Emmerdale and Aliens actor Jay Benedict dies of coronavirus

Former Emmerdale and Foyle’s War star Jay Benedict has died at the age of 68. The American born actor’s agency announced that Benedict died on 4 April as a result … Continue reading

04/07/2020

Obituary: Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman was born into a lower middle-class family in Plaistow, east London, on 22 August 1925. Her father offered her a choice of presents for her 16th birthday; a … Continue reading

04/07/2020

John Shrapnel obituary

Richly variegated and utterly plausible, with a distinctively weak “r”, the voice of the actor John Shrapnel, who has died aged 77 after suffering from cancer, was instantly recognisable on … Continue reading

04/02/2020

Roy Hudd obituary

‘In 1958 Hudd’s agent, Morris Aza, suggested he audition for Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice. As Hudd later explained: “Morris said, ‘In about three or four years variety … Continue reading

03/16/2020

Max von Sydow obituary

The great Swedish film and stage actor Max von Sydow, who has died aged 90, will be remembered by different people for different roles: the title role in The Exorcist, … Continue reading

03/16/2020

Michael Medwin: Shoestring actor dies aged 96

Michael Medwin, who trained at the Italia Conti stage school in London, made his film debut as a radio operator in 1946’s Piccadilly Incident… Source: Michael Medwin: Shoestring actor dies … Continue reading

02/27/2020

Francis Cuka Obituary

Although she became one of the most loved and reliable of character actors on stage and television, Frances Cuka, who has died aged 83, seemed destined for stardom when her … Continue reading

02/22/2020

Terry Hands obituary

Artistic director of the RSC, who co-founded the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and revived the Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Terry Hands, who has died aged 79, spent more time with and did … Continue reading

02/06/2020

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend and star of Spartacus, dies aged 103

  Kirk Douglas, the self-styled “ragman’s son” who became the last great star of Hollywood’s golden age, has died at the age of 103. His son Michael announced the news … Continue reading

02/06/2020