‘Minder’ actor dies: George Cole Dies

Published: August 7, 2015

‘Minder’ actor dies: George Cole Dies, Stars of stage and screen have been paying tribute to “immaculate” and “unforgettable” Minder actor George Cole following his death at the age of 90.

Cole, whose showbusiness career spanned 70 years, is best remembered for his portrayal of small-time wheeler dealer and crook Arthur Daley in the TV show Minder, alongside his likeable bodyguard Terry McCann, played by Waterman.

He died yesterday in hospital with his family at his side after a short illness, it was announced today.

Actor Dennis Waterman said: “I’m so grateful to have been a friend of this wonderful man. We worked together for many years and my boast is that we laughed all day every day.”

Actress Hannah Waterman, daughter of Cole’s Minder co-star Dennis Waterman, added: “Just heard George Cole has died. Devastated. Such a huge part of my childhood, I loved him. My thoughts are with Penny and the kids.”

Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said: “George Cole was a wonderful actor and he has a very special place in the public’s affection. He will be greatly missed.”

Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, added: “Growing up I never missed Minder. It was one of the most loved and cherished dramas of its generation, with George Cole at its heart.

“British television and cinema salutes George Cole.”

Cole lived in the small village of Stoke Row in Oxfordshire, just five miles outside of Henley-on-Thames, and aside from being a regular at the local pub, he and second wife Penny, who wed in 1964, largely kept themselves to themselves.

Mrs Cole said last year: “He has always been very quiet and needs peace and quiet. Otherwise he wouldn’t have been here for 70 years.

“At our age we do not socialise except with our children and grandchildren. We never go away – we’re always here.”

'Minder' actor dies: George Cole Dies

'Minder' actor dies: George Cole Dies

'Minder' actor dies: George Cole Dies

'Minder' actor dies: George Cole Dies


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