He was a member of the original cast of Heartbeat (1992).
Played Geoffrey Palmer's father in As Time Goes By (1992) even though in real life he was actually only eight years older.
Twice appeared in the TV adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes story the Blue Carbuncle. First in the 60s and again in the 80s.
Served in the British army during WWII and began his acting career in the late 40s.
For more than forty years he shared a house with Geoffrey Toone.
He never married or had children.
Served with the British Army during World War II and was wounded at Dunkirk. He finished the war with the rank of lieutenant-colonel.
Was a talented painter of portraits from an early age.
Started acting in 1949, first with a repertory company in Penzance. In later years acted on stage at the Old Vic, at the West End, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Had a penchant for portraying crusty or amiably eccentric characters.
Youngest child of a Liverpool shipping company director. He had three sisters, all of whom predeceased him.
A memorial service was held for him at St. Paul's, Covent Garden (commonly known as the Actors' Church) on 11 April 2007.