Mar 18, 2013

Are You Being Served? Actor Frank Thornton Dies Aged 92

Frank Thornton, who played Captain Peacock in BBC comedy Are You Being Served? has died at the age of 92.

Thornton died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Barnes, London, on Saturday, his agent David Daly said.

Also known for his role as Truly in Last of the Summer Wine, the actor also starred in comedies such as Hancock's Half Hour and The Goodies.

Thornton is survived by Beryl, his wife of 67 years, their daughter Jane and three grandchildren.

He appeared in several episodes of Steptoe and Son, which made him the most recurring actor in the series other than the main stars Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett.

In later years, he had a role in ITV soap Emmerdale as Bert Dingle.

Thornton's film credits included Carry On Screaming!, Some Will, Some Won't alongside Thora Hird, Wilfrid Brambell and Ronnie Corbett, No Sex Please, We're British and Gosford Park.

But it was his role as Captain Stephen Peacock in the long-running Are You Being Served? that he was best known for.

With its innuendo-laden comedy and slapstick humour, the sitcom was a huge hit.

Source: BBC News


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