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FTN says farewell to the late, great Richard Briers…

February 18th, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Richard Briers passed away today at the age of 79. He died at home with his family in London.

He was a prolific actor with a huge range of credits to his name but he was most famous for the comedy series the Good Life. He was also a well renowned Shakespearean actor.

For sci-fi fans, he played the Caretaker in Paradise Towers; the second Doctor Who story of Sylvester McCoy’s turbulent first season.  He also appeared in Torchwood’s second season as a dying man in ‘A Day in the Death’.

His movie credits included 1994’s Frankenstein with Robert De Niro and Kenneth Branagh, Spiceworld, Watership Down and Henry V. I grew up watching Roobarb which Richard narrated and I still remember it vividly. It isn’t until a celebrity dies that you realize sometimes how much of an impact they had on you as a child.

And in one of his final roles, Richard became a zombie killer in the movie Cockneys versus Zombies where he stole the show. He plays Hamish, one of the occupants of a nursing home under siege by the undead and the only man in history that can outrun a zombie on a zimmer frame then used same frame to fire a machine gun at the hordes. Only an actor that knows his stuff can make comic timing seem so effortless.

We at FTN would like to bid Richard a fond farewell. Rest in peace, sir.

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