Gorden Kaye (Allo Allo) dies aged 75

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38718282

    Actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the long-running BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, has died aged 75.

    The star's former agency confirmed to BBC News he died at a care home on Monday morning.

    Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the hit show, which centred on the fictional exploits of resistance fighters in World War Two in German-occupied France.

    He appeared in all 84 episodes of the sitcom, as well as a stage version.

    Tributes have been paid to the "terrific comic actor".
     
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    Awww. I've not long finished a complete rewatch of 'Allo 'Allo. He seems like a wonderful, giving actor. And his comic timing was second to none.

    He worked with some of the classics on Corrie too. Didn't Pat Phoenix discover him?
     
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    Actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the long-running BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, has died aged 75.

    Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the hit show, which centred on the fictional exploits of resistance fighters in World War Two in German-occupied France.

    He appeared in all 84 episodes of the sitcom, as well as a stage version.

    'Allo 'Allo! star Gorden Kaye dies aged 75
     
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    Not sure but I remember he had a terrible head injury from the 1987 Hurricane when a tree fell on his car.
     
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    Not sure but he played her nephew on the show.

    As Rene he created one of the great sitcom characters of the 1980s.

    Sad to hear this news.

    RIP
     
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    RIP Gordon kaye
    He can be reunited with "wife" Edith and her lovely singing in heaven.
    I remember him in a Porridge film as a baddie

    I also remember his head injury from an accident due to storm weather, it left him with a big scar If i recall @Sarah
     
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    Awe that's sad news. I was making my way through 'Allo 'Allo!, last year and stopped somewhere in the middle. It was a very funny show and part of my childhood.
     
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    Yes. I remember this well. His condition was very serious and as it got so much news coverage I think there was a kind of urban myth that he had died thirty years ago.

    Indeed. It's visible in later series of 'Allo 'Allo (as is Gordon's frailty compared to the episodes right before it happened).
     
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    That was during the so-called Great Storm in 1990, when advertising hoarding went through the windscreen of his car.

    Very sad loss, I loved the way his character Rene used to take the mickey out of the policeman in 'Allo 'Allo.

    Swami
     
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    Oh, I'm very sad to hear that. 'Allo, 'Allo was such an integral & hilarious part of my childhood. Oh, Reneeeeeee...

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    Sad. Loved him on Allo Allo.
    I did think he died a few years back, but then I remembered it was Carmen Silvera (Edith) that I was thinking of.
    I recall hearing (around 10 years ago) that he suffered a head injury, and then I saw it on-screen when re-watching Allo Allo.

    I think he was gay, right? But the complete opposite as Rene. :lol:

    Rest in peace.
     
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    The funeral of actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the hit BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, has taken place in his home town of Huddersfield.

    Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the show, which centred on the fictional exploits of WW2 resistance fighters in German-occupied France.

    Mourners filled Huddersfield Parish Church for the lunchtime service.

    'Allo 'Allo! co-stars Vicki Michelle and Sue Hodge were among those who attended.

    The service, led by the Reverend Canon Simon Moor, started with Yorkshire folk song On Ilkla Moor Baht 'At.

    While telling the congregation about Kaye's childhood and early career, Canon Moor said: "He accepted himself he was never really a scholar.

    "Ironically, his only real success at secondary school was in French."

    In a eulogy, friend and producer Charles Garland, who worked on 'Allo 'Allo!, said the part of Rene was "written for him and, to be honest it was perfect casting".

    The actor appeared in all 84 episodes of 'Allo 'Allo, which ran from 1982 until 1992, and reprised the role in a 2007 special, as well as appearing in a stage version of the series.

    Kaye, who had dementia, died last month aged 75 at a care home in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

    Michelle, who played waitress Yvette Carte-Blanche, said he was part of her life "like family" for at least 20 years.

    She said: "He was lovely. Sometimes he was really naughty and he played pranks, and other times he'd be quite serious, and sometimes I think he was quite lonely - there were many different sides to him."

    Kim Hartman, who played Private Helga Geerhart, said: "We worked together for 10 years, we travelled the world together with the 'Allo 'Allo! stage show.

    "They were exciting times and I associate those with Gorden."

    Born in Huddersfield, Kaye revealed in his autobiography the unusual spelling of his first name was due to a spelling error by the acting union Equity, which he decided to adopt.

    The actor got his first big TV break in ITV soap Coronation Street, playing Elsie Tanner's nephew Bernard Butler.

    He went on to appear in a number of roles in sitcoms including Till Death Us Do Part, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Are You Being Served? before landing the role of Rene.

    Former Coronation Street actor Ken Morley, who played General Leopold von Flockenstuffen in 'Allo 'Allo!, said: "I am going to miss him.

    "Between Gorden and myself it was like the War of the Roses because he was from Yorkshire and I was from Lancashire."

    He added: "We had a laugh together, he was a very funny guy."

    In 1990, Kaye was seriously injured when a piece of wood smashed through the windscreen of his car during a storm.

    He was left with a scar on his forehead and no memory of the details of the accident, but he recovered and was able to resume his career.

    Castmate Sue Hodge, who played waitress Mimi Labonq, said: "I haven't actually got to grips with the fact he's not here.

    "I'm never ever going to forget him. He'll be with me forever."



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    :giggle: Mimi Labonq
     
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    I meet Kim Hartman and Richard Gibson together every year. Often in costume as Helga and Herr Flick.
     
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