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Saturday 3 December 2016

Minder star George Cole dies aged 90

File photo dated 26/03/92 of actor George Cole at Buckingham Palace, London after receiving his OBE, as he has died aged 90
File photo dated 26/03/92 of actor George Cole at Buckingham Palace, London after receiving his OBE, as he has died aged 90
File photo dated 23/08/87 of David Jason (right) with actor George Cole, best known for playing used-car salesman Arthur Daley in TV series Minder, as Mr Cole has died aged 90
File photo dated 19/02/85 of Dennis Waterman (left) with actor George Cole, best known for playing used-car salesman Arthur Daley in TV series Minder, as Mr Cole has died aged 90
File photo dated 16/11/85 of actor George Cole, best known for playing used-car salesman Arthur Daley in TV series Minder, has died aged 90
File photo dated 19/04/96 of actor George Cole, best known for playing used-car salesman Arthur Daley in TV series Minder, has died aged 90

Minder star George Cole has died 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 Dennis Waterman.

The show, which ran from 1979 to 1994, brought the criminal underworld of west London to millions of homes up and down the country.

Cole died in hospital with his family at his side, according to agent Derek Webster, who represents Waterman.

Mr Webster said: "It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sad death of one of our most loved and respected actors.

"George Cole passed away yesterday at the Royal Berkshire Hospital after a short illness. His wife Penny and his son Toby were with him at his bedside."

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