Clive Swift death: Keeping Up Appearances actor dies, aged 82

Clive Swift death: Keeping Up Appearances actor dies, aged 82

Notable deaths in 2019 – in pictures 1/8 Tony Mendez CIA disguise master whose Iran escape inspired Ben Affleck’s Argo died on 19 January, aged 78. The story of the daring and inventive escape he orchestrated within an enemy state ended up in an Oscar-winning film AP 2/8 Windsor Davies Star of ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ and ‘Never the Twain’ died on 17 January, aged 88. Sitcom actor was a familiar TV face in the 1970s and 1980s Getty 3/8 Carol Channing Actor who bestrode Broadway for decades in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ died on 15 January, aged 97. Despite keeping her black ancestry a secret, she failed to break through in Hollywood but remained a stalwart of her professional home – New York’s theatreland Getty 4/8 Phil Masinga South African footballer who was part of a new era of sport after apartheid died on 13 January, aged 49. Affectionately known as ‘Waltzing’ by Leeds fans, he was hailed as an inspiration by his former teammate Getty 5/8 Pawel Adamowicz Gdansk mayor and standard-bearer for civil rights and liberal values in Poland died on 13 January, aged 53. A proud Christian and patriot, the much-loved politician spoke out against bigotry in a country of whose rising hate crime he became a victim Reuters 6/8 Martin Gore Cancer expert who forged an international reputation over 30 years at the Royal Marsden died on 10 January, aged 67. As medical director of the hospital for 10 years from 2006, he was keen for a constant dialogue between doctors treating patients and their colleagues in labs PA 7/8 Jeremy Hardy Comedian Jeremy Hardy. who gained recognition on the comedy circuit in the 1980s and was a regular on BBC Radio 4 panel shows, including The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, died of cancer, aged 57. Rex 8/8 Clive Swift, who rose to fame as Richard, the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth Bucket, in BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. He died on 1 February 2019, aged 82, after a brief illness. Rex 1/8 Tony Mendez CIA disguise master whose Iran escape inspired Ben Affleck’s Argo died on 19 January, aged 78. The story of the daring and inventive escape he orchestrated within an enemy state ended up in an Oscar-winning film AP 2/8 Windsor Davies Star of ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ and ‘Never the Twain’ died on 17 January, aged 88. Sitcom actor was a familiar TV face in the 1970s and 1980s Getty 3/8 Carol Channing Actor who bestrode Broadway for decades in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ died on 15 January, aged 97. Despite keeping her black ancestry a secret, she failed to break through in Hollywood but remained a stalwart of her professional home – New York’s theatreland Getty 4/8 Phil Masinga South African footballer who was part of a new era of sport after apartheid died on 13 January, aged 49. Affectionately known as ‘Waltzing’ by Leeds fans, he was hailed as an inspiration by his former teammate Getty 5/8 Pawel Adamowicz Gdansk mayor and standard-bearer for civil rights and liberal values in Poland died on 13 January, aged 53. A proud Christian and patriot, the much-loved politician spoke out against bigotry in a country of whose rising hate crime he became a victim Reuters 6/8 Martin Gore Cancer expert who forged an international reputation over 30 years at the Royal Marsden died on 10 January, aged 67. As medical director of the hospital for 10 years from 2006, he was keen for a constant dialogue between doctors treating patients and their colleagues in labs PA 7/8 Jeremy Hardy Comedian Jeremy Hardy. who gained recognition on the comedy circuit in the 1980s and was a regular on BBC Radio 4 panel shows, including The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, died of cancer, aged 57. Rex 8/8 Clive Swift, who rose to fame as Richard, the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth Bucket, in BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. He died on 1 February 2019, aged 82, after a brief illness. Rex
It was his role as Richard, the hen-pecked husband of Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge) for which he was best known. The sitcom followed Hyacinth’s mostly ill-fated attempts to gain social standing with people she deemed to be upper class.
Explaining his character, Swift said: “The first thing I decided was if Richard was a really meek and submissive person, in a way there was no conflict, because he’d be just a bit of fluff for Hyacinth.
“So the first thing I had to do, as far as the writer allowed me, was to fight back – to protest. I know I used to lose 98 per cent of the time and there was no conflict really, but I had to put up a show or otherwise it’s simply not interesting.”

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