John Thaw (1942 -- 2002)
As well as his internationally renowned, and award-winning, television fixtures in Inspector Morse, Kavanagh QC and The Sweeney, Thaw acted in several feature films.
Early in his career, he appeared in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Dr Phibes Rides Again. Richard Attenborough cast him in Cry Freedom and Chaplin, as the impressario, Fred Karno.
In the latter film's production notes, Thaw is quoted: "My first introduction to Charlie was as a boy in the fifties. In my local Odeon on a Saturday morning his black & white two-reelers would bring the house down". Farewell, John (1942-2002).
At the BAFTA TV awards in London on 21 April 2002, John Thaw won a posthumous prize - the Lew Grade Audience Award for his performance in Buried Treasure (ITV1) - collected by his widow, Sheila Hancock.