Saturday 14 November 2015

Actor Warren Mitchell dies aged 89

The actor Warren Mitchell, known to millions as the star of the classic, controversial sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, has died at the age of 89.

Mitchell, who played legendary bigot Alf Garnett, was a star of stage and screen for decades.  To Carry On fans, he is known for his cameo role as one of the slave auctioneers Marcus and Spencius in the classic 1964 comedy, Carry On Cleo.

Although Warren Mitchell was known to many as a serious stage actor, the winner of Olivier Awards in 1979 and 2004, he will always be best remembered for the role of Alf Garnett. He played the role originally between 1965 and 1975, before reprising it again in the 1980s for In Sickness and in Health. Written by Johnny Speight, the series quickly gained notoriety but always legions of fans. Co-starring with Anthony Booth, Una Stubbs and the wonderful Dandy Nichols, Warren Mitchell entered television history.

As with many of his generation, Warren continued to act into old age, appearing regularly on stage in a diverse range of productions. Warren Mitchell was a highly versatile actor and another sad loss. 

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