Actor Dennis Waterman Dies, Aged 74

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A British icon, particularly of the small screen, has died. Dennis Waterman, who appeared in shows such as The Sweeney, Minder, and New Tricks, has died at the age of 74.

Waterman, who was born in Clapham in 1948, was the youngest of eight children and, according to him, was “spoiled rotten” by his siblings.

Following his amateur pugilist father’s early indoctrination into boxing, he caught the acting bug early on, appearing on stage and screen.

He made his film debut in Night Train to Inverness, and he also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

However, he was best known for his role as William Brown in the BBC TV series William, which was based on Richmal Crompton’s Just William books.

His film credits include Scars Of Dracula, Up The Junction, Snowball, and Sweeney!, which adapted the TV characters for the big screen. Waterman was also a singer, releasing albums and performing theme songs for several of his shows in addition to his acting work.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully in hospital in Spain,” said Waterman’s family in a statement. “He died on Sunday afternoon with wife Pam at his side. The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

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