Monday, March 18, 2013

Captain Peacock (Frank Thornton in Are You Being Served) in classic comedy dies aged 92 (MAIL ON LINE)

PUBLISHED: 06:56 EST, 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:37 EST, 18 March 2013

Are You Being Served? actor Frank Thornton has died aged 92, it emerged today.

Thornton, who played Captain Peacock in the BBC comedy and also starred as Truly in Last Of The Summer Wine, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, his agent David Daly said.

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

He specialised in comedy and took roles in many popular TV shows including Hancock's Half-Hour, Sykes and Steptoe And Son, as well as movie spin-off Steptoe And Son Ride Again.

Thornton also appeared in a number of saucy British movie romps including No Sex Please, We're British and Up The Chastity Belt.

In 2001 he was among the cast for the Julian Fellowes-scripted period drama Gosford Park. His last credit was in the poorly-received film Run For Your Wife, with Richard Briers, who died last month.

Mr Daly said: 'Ninety-two-year-old Frank Thornton died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday.

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