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PostSubject: Last of the Summer Wine Star Wilde dies at 86   Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:39 am

from www.BBC.co.uk


Last of the Summer Wine and Porridge actor Brian Wilde has died aged 86.

Wilde played Foggy in the long-running comedy series Last of The Summer Wine and Barraclough in prison sitcom Porridge, alongside Ronnie Barker.


He also appeared in the 1980s TV comedy Kit Curran. He died in his sleep at his Hertfordshire home on Thursday.

His agent Nick Young said: "He will be sadly missed by colleagues and family alike. He brought a great deal of laughter into many people's lives."


Carry On role

Mr Young said Wilde's death was "sudden".

He said: "He was shaky the last few days but nobody expected this. He went to bed and didn't wake up."

Wilde, who was born in Lancashire, had minor roles in films such as The Jokers (1967) and Carry On Doctor (1968) before taking on the role of Barraclough in Porridge in 1973.

He also appeared in the 1970s children's series The Ghosts of Motley Hall.

Last of the Summer Wine producer Alan JW Bell told the BBC: "He was perhaps the best of the Summer Wine 'third men' - he was the most loved of all the characters.

"He was a fine actor to work with, very professional. He was an old school actor - you turned up, knew your lines and played them the very best you could.

"He had an enormous warmth to the public when he was off the set.

"He didn't like to hob-nob with the actors - when there was a break, he preferred to go a pub around the corner to meet the real people."


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So long Foggy. RIP
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