British Gorden Kaye, who was best known by fans worldwide as René Artois from the BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has passed away aged 75.
His former agent confirmed that he passed away at a care home on Monday morning.
Gorden Kaye appeared in all 84 episodes of the popular sitcom – which focused on the fictional exploits of resistance fighters in German-occupied France during WW2 – as well as a stage adaptation.
Many tributes have been flowing in for the “terrific comic actor”.
Vicki Michelle, who played waitress Yvette in the show, remembered Kaye as a “brilliantly talented actor, consummate professional, loved the world over”.
Su Pollard, who appeared with Kaye the radio comedy For Better or for Worse, said Kaye was “very clever, witty and amusing”.
“He was quite private, but he was very amiable and was more than happy to chat to his fans.
“He was very pleased he was able to turn his passion into his working life,” she said.
Here are some great clips featuring Kaye as René Artois, and during a 1985 interview on Wogan.