Beloved British actor Franks Williams, best known for playing Reverend Timothy Farthing on the British series daddy’s armyHe has died at the age of 90.
The star’s death was announced over the weekend in a Facebook page dedicated to the actor
“I am sorry to say that our beloved friend, colleague and actor Frank Williams passed away this morning,” the post read.
“He was almost 91 years old and we are grateful for all the years of joy, laughter and happiness he brought to so many. Thank you Frank! X.”
Williams appeared in 39 of the 80 episodes of Dad’s Army, a sitcom about the United Kingdom’s Home Guard during World War II. The BBC series ran from 1968 to 1977 and ran for nine seasons. There was also a stage show and a movie based on the series, in which Williams also appeared.
“At first, I thought it was just for one episode, but the character became a regular,” he said in an interview last year before his 90th birthday.
“I ended up appearing in 39 out of 80 TV episodes, the original movie, the stage show, and 14 radio episodes. It’s hard to believe I’m celebrating that milestone.”
Williams also appeared in the 1952 film. ivanhoestarring Elizabeth Taylor, and had had a small role in the 1953 film The Gilbert and Sullivan Story.
The actor also had roles in television comedies. the army game, you called my lord Y Hi-De-Hi!.
Morris Bright, president of production company Elstree Studios, was one of the first to pay tribute to the late actor.
“Sadly, there is only one of these lovely joy-bringers left, as we bid farewell to daddy’s army star actor Frank Williams, who has died aged 90,” Bright tweeted along with a photo of the Dad’s Army cast.
“Here with Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee and Clive Dunn at a plaque unveiling for co-star John le Mesurier in 1993. Happy memories of a wonderful day.”
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