Saturday 19 January 2019

Sitcom legend Windsor Davies dies, age 88

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Comedy actor Windsor Davies, who starred in 1970s hit show It Ain't Half Hot Mum, has died aged 88.
Davies played Sergeant Major Williams in the popular comedy show. 
He also starred opposite Donald Sinden as Oliver Smallbridge in the long-running ITV sitcom Never The Twain about rival antiques dealers during the 1980s. 
The TV legend died on Thursday at home in France, according to his family. 

Windsor Davies, pictured, who played Sergeant Major Williams in 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum' has died aged 88

Windsor's wife Eluned died in September. 
The couple moved to France after Davies retired from acting in his 70s. 
His daughter Jane Davies said: 'The actor Windsor Davies died peacefully on 17 January 2019. 
'His wife of 62 years, Eluned, passed away in September.
'They leave a large and very close family who will all remember them with love, laughter and gratitude.'

It Ain't Half Hot Mum co star Melvyn Hayes let tributes to the comedy legend: 'To work with him was a pleasure, a sheer delight... he was a lovely, lovely man.' 
Stan Collymore said: 'Sad to hear of the passing of Windsor Davies, another part of a golden childhood TV generation passes on. Rest in Peace, lovely boy.' 
He played Battery Sergeant-Major 'Shut Up' Williams from 1974 to 1981, and in 1975 had a number one hit with the novelty track Whispering Grass with his sitcom co-star, which was one of the biggest selling duets of all time on the UK charts.

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