Thursday, 20 March 2008

Brian Wilde 1921-2008

Comic actor Brian Wilde has died suddely at the age of 86 in a week that has seen British celebrities dropping like flies.

Blessed with two memorable roles in Britain's best-loved situation comedies - Porridge and Last of the Summer Win - his many fans will remember him both as the put-upon prison officer Mr Barrowclough and the old soldier-cum-dreamer Foggy Dewhirst.

A son of the county of Lancashire, he will be sorely missed in his home county, despite his best-known role being that of a Yorkshireman.

Also dead: Oscar-winning actor Paul Schofield 1922-2008

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