British Actor Peter Wyngarde Has Passed Away At 90. He Left Behind A Plethora Of Memorable Roles
Peter Wyngarde has passed away on January 15, at 90.
Peter Wyngarde dies aged 90
In an interview for Variety magazine, Peter's agent Thomas Bowington informed the public about the recent passing of the beloved actor. Bowington added that the actor died peacefully in his sleep at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in West London.
Unfortunately, Wyngard has not been feeling well for months, but the exact illness that took the life of the actor is still unknown. Even though Peter Wyngard had no surviving family, his memorable roles will be remembered by his fans.
Who was Peter Wyngarde?
Wyngarde is best known for his role of Jason King in two television series Department S and Jason King. The role of a novelist who becomes a detective was simply perfect for Peter. His stylish performance made him a huge hit in the 70s. Although it seems unbelievable, he signed the contract for Department S on a piece of napkin, but his acting made the character unforgettable.
His fashion sense along with his incredible charm designated him as one of the top British icons at the time. His popularity brought him more roles such as Klytus in Flash Gordon. Also, Dr. Who fans probably remember him as Timanov in in the four-episode-story Planet of Fire.
After a few minor performances in the 90s, Peter's career slowly faded away. The years caught up with him, and besides some voice acting, he retired from the industry.
Last farewell to a great actor
Upon hearing of the death of Peter Wyngarde, fans and film lovers alike sent out numerous tweets expressing their gratitude for having the privilege to witness the great performances of the late actor. Peter is gone, but he is not forgotten.
Sad at passing of iconic actor #PeterWyngarde aged 90. Made 60 epsidoes of hit 60s & 70s shows @ElstreeStudios inc Department S & Jason King, as well as Flash Gordon film. He was too ill to attend recent event at Elstree. I interviewed him in 1997 when Elstree re-opened. #RIP pic.twitter.com/v1ynzUf5lD
— Morris Bright MBE (@Morris__Bright) 18 січня 2018 р.
An honour to be this great mans final screen appearance. He was more magical in person than on screen. So blessed to have met him, a true great and will be missed. #peterwyngarde #JasonKing #flashgordon #klytus pic.twitter.com/1ltzy84Jf0
— Life After Flash (@lifeafterflash) 18 січня 2018 р.
— Trev Ellis ???????? (@GingertrevTrev) 18 січня 2018 р.
So sad to hear about the death of Peter Wyngarde, one of the most compelling actors of my lifetime. Memorable in just about every film and series he appeared in, his off-screen life was just as interesting. RIP. #peterwyngarde pic.twitter.com/iKvwPu12BK
— Julian Knott (@julian_knott) 18 січня 2018 р.
From wartime internment alongside JG Ballard to Klytus. With No.2, Baron Gruner, Professor Norman Taylor, Peter Quint and Gloucester bus station in between. What a life. What a legend. Jason King is dead. Long live Jason King! #peterwyngarde pic.twitter.com/GX6AENMRZY
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) 18 січня 2018 р.
Deeply saddened to learn of the death of #PeterWyngarde. A fine actor of enormous style and range and a man of gracious wit and humanity. He will be missed by those of us who knew him. RIP, Peter.
— Michael Armstrong (@authorisedMA) 18 січня 2018 р.
"A bit too early for coffee; I'll have a Scotch."
RIP Peter Wyngarde. King of Louche. pic.twitter.com/ggcJTeEn8v
— Dave Hartwell (@DaveHartwell1) 18 січня 2018 р.
Today I am heartbroken. They say never meet your heroes, but I can say, hand on heart, that meeting my hero, Peter Wyngarde, and telling him how much Jason King meant to me, was one of the greatest days of my life.
— Johnny Mains (@ohsinnerman) 18 січня 2018 р.
— Ant Dan (@Ant_Dan) 18 січня 2018 р.
Goodbye, you charming man! Rest in peace knowing that the light of your performances will continue to shine on many generations that are yet to come.