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‘Allo ‘Allo actor Gorden Kaye dies at 75

Friends pay tribute to the 'brilliantly talented' star
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British actor and ‘Allo ‘Allo sitcom star Gorden Kaye has died at the age of 75.

Kaye’s former agent confirmed to BBC news that he had passed at a care home on Monday morning.

From 1982 to 1992 Kaye played café owner Rene Artois in the hit comedy series which detailed the exploits of resistance fighters in German-occupied France during World War Two. He appeared in all 84 episodes of the show and also featured in the stage adaptation.

Fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to Kaye, with the actor’s on-screen mistress, Vicki Michelle, praising her friend as a “consummate professional” who “loved the world over.”

BBC Comedy’s Shane Allen has also remembered Kaye as a “terrific comedy actor.”

“He was instrumental in making ‘Allo ‘Allo! such a long running and well-loved series,” he said.

“His work lives on and thoughts are with friends and loved ones at this sad time.”

Before landing the role of Rene, Kaye got his first big break in the TV soap Coronation Street, playing the role of Elsie Tanner’s nephew, Bernard Butler.

He then went on to appear in a number of roles including Till Death Us Do Part and Are You Being Served.

This article originally appeared on New Idea.

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