Gorden Kaye dies

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 January 2017
Gorden Kaye

Gorden Kaye

''Allo 'Allo!' actor Gorden Kaye has died at the age of 75, his former agent has confirmed

Gorden Kaye has died.

The ''Allo 'Allo!' actor - who played cafe owner Rene Artois in the World War Two sitcom - died at a care home on Monday (23.01.17) morning at the age of 75, his former agent confirmed to BBC News.

Gordon appeared in all 84 episodes of ''Allo 'Allo!', which was set in German-occupied France and centred on the exploits of resistance fighters, and ran from 1982 to 1992, and he also starred in a spin-off stage production.

He was last seen on screen in BBC sketch show 'Revolver' in 2004.

In January 1990, Gorden suffered from serious head injuries after being involved in a car accident during a storm and had to undergo emergency brain surgery.

The actor got his big break as Bernard Butler in 'Coronation Street' and also had roles in comedies such as 'Citizen Smith', 'Born and Bred' and 'Till Death Us Do Part', as well as the movie spin-off of 'Porridge'.

His real name was Gordon, but he previously explained his stage name was the result of a typing error from performers' union Equity.

He once said: "Before I could write back and tell them [of the mistake] I was taken into hospital with a kidney stone. When I regained consciousness there on the head of the bed was 'Gorden Kaye'."

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