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03-09-07, 02:49 PM #1
‘Are You Being Served?’ actor Inman dies
'76's ‘Funniest Man on Television’ played quirky Mr. Humphries on BBC show
Updated: 6:20 p.m. ET March 8, 2007
LONDON - Actor John Inman, best known for his role as campy shop assistant Mr. Humphries in the long-running BBC comedy “Are You Being Served?” died Thursday. He was 71.
Inman, who later became a pantomime regular, was one of the sitcom’s most memorable cast members and his catchphrase “I’m free” became part of popular culture.
In 1976, he was voted “Funniest Man on Television” by readers of TV Times magazine and was also named BBC TV’s “Personality of the Year.”
Inman died at St. Mary’s Hospital in London after a lengthy illness, his manager, Phil Dale, said in a statement.
“John, through his character Mr. Humphries of ‘Are You Being Served?’ was known and loved throughout the world,” Dale said.
“He was one of the best and finest pantomime dames working to capacity audiences throughout Britain. John was known for his comedy plays and farces, which were enjoyed from London’s West End throughout the country and as far as Australia, Canada and the U.S.A.”
Inman’s long-term partner, Ron Lynch, was “devastated” at the news, the BBC said.
Actress Wendy Richard, who played Miss Brahms in “Are You Being Served?,” said she had been regularly visiting Inman, who had been ill with Hepatitis A.
“You just have to regard it as being an end to his suffering,” a tearful Richard told BBC radio.
“I think John was one of the wittiest and most inventive actors I have ever worked with. He was a brilliant, brilliant pantomime dame. He was a very good all-round actor, really.”
Inman’s character Mr. Humphries attracted criticism from gay rights groups upset by what they saw as his portrayal of an over-the-top homosexual.
“He never ever said Mr. Humphries was gay,” Richard said. ”He was just a young man who was very, very good to his mother.”
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03-09-07, 02:56 PM #2
I liked him... sad to hear thishttp://www.allpoetry.com/Grunts%20Girl
We dallied under
Vine maples and sapling alders
Searched for lady slippers
Found blackberry riots and
An old skid road
Brought ghost ferns and
Hollows filled with
While waves wrapped
Intricate lacings of weeds
'Round mule spinners
His cyanotic eyes
Were hard enough to make
The sun turn tail and
Tender enough to attract me
To his world of illusion
03-10-07, 03:58 AM #3
Me too!...He was one HELL of a dancer too.Now he's really free.I feel its ok to burn the flag as long as u wrap yourself in it first.
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