Dennis Waterman dead: New Tricks actor dies with wife Pam at his side


Legendary actor Dennis Waterman, best known for his roles in New Tricks, Minder and The Sweeney, passed away at his home in Spain with his wife at his side.

Dennis Waterman has died aged 74.

The actor, best known for his roles in New Tricks and The Sweeney, passed away at his home in Spain with his wife at his side.

A statement from his family said: “We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully at his home in Spain.

“The family kindly asks that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

Those who had worked alongside Dennis took to social media to pay tribute to the actor, with Matt Lucas writing: “I grew up watching Dennis Waterman’s iconic performances in The Sweeney and Minder. His guest appearance in our Little Britain Live show at Hammersmith Apollo – in which he hilariously duetted with David’s absurd impersonation of him – remains the absolute highlight of my career.”

While another wrote: “Dennis Waterman has left us. What a fantastic talent and lovely man. Such a loss to the industry. RIP.”

Dennis Waterman’s TV career spanned for six decades


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Dennis’ 60-year acting career first began in the 60s as a child, during which time he appeared in a few small stage roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and in BBC TV series William, which had been based on Richmal Crompton’s Just William Books.

He landed his first major role in the 1968 British kitchen sink drama Up the Junction, which saw him play Peter, boyfriend to Polly (Suzy Kendall).

In the 70s, he starred as a young Gestapo officer in BBC TV series Colditz, which ran for two series until 1974.

During that decade, he appeared alongside the likes of Christopher Lee, Richard Harris and Susan George in 1970’s Scars of Dracular, Fright and Man in the Winderness.

Dennis Waterman with his ex-wife Rula Lenska



Dennis played Gerry Standing in BBC’s New Tricks



However, his most memorable roles during that period were that of DS George Carter in The Sweeney and Terry McCann in Minder.

Following his departure from Minder, he starred in comedy drama Stay Lucky, which ran from 1989 until 1993, and sitcom On the Up (1990-2).

Noughties viewers will recognize him best from New Tricks, which he joined in 2003 and starred on for 11 years until 2014.

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