Frank Thornton Apr 21, 2013 16:48:42 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Apr 21, 2013 16:48:42 GMT 1
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.
He also played Truly in Last of the Summer Wine and starred in comedies such as Hancock's Half Hour and The Goodies. Thornton 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 he was best known for his role as Captain Stephen Peacock in the long-running Are You Being Served?. With its innuendo-laden comedy, the sitcom was a huge hit. Thornton reprised the role of Captain Peacock for the spin-off show, Grace & Favour, in 1992.
Of the original main cast of Are You Being Served?, Nicholas Smith - who played Mr Rumbold - is now the only surviving cast member. Thornton's role in Last of the Summer Wine was another long-running character for the actor. Arriving in the 1997 Christmas special, Thornton was brought in to play Truly of The Yard, a retired Metropolitan Police Officer, replacing original actor Brian Wilde when was struck down by shingles. He became part of the established line-up with Bill Owen and Peter Sallis - Compo and Clegg - until 2000, when Compo died in the series following the real-life death of Owen. Thornton remained on the show until it ended in 2010, working alongside new characters played by Owen's son Tom, Keith Clifford and Brian Murphy.
Frank Thornton (born Frank Thornton Ball; 15 January 1921 – 16 March 2013)