Scottish actor Ewan Mcgregor is among the famous faces who have paid tribute to The Professionals star Lewis Collins following his death this week (beg25Nov13). The beloved British actor passed away at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday (27Nov13). He was 67.
Collins was best known for playing tough guy William Bodie on the hit crime show, and Hollywood star Ewan McGregor, who grew up watching the TV series, was sorry to hear news of his death, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "I am sorry to hear the sad news that Lewis Collins has passed away. Grew up watching him. Hard man!"
Singer/actor Gary Kemp insists Collins should have played James Bond, a role the actor auditioned for several times. He writes, "The man who should have been Bond. RIP Lewis Collins. You were supercool."
While 1980s pop star-turned-actor Luke Goss shared similar sentiments, "Lewis Collins passed today, have always been a huge fan. The man who should have been Bond. A real loss RIP."
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright posted a video of The Professionals opening credits, adding, "Farewell to Mr. Lewis Collins. This was perhaps the most exciting 45 seconds of my youth... It's still exciting."
Showbusiness siblings Martin and Gary Kemp are set to reunite in a new gangster movie - their first big screen collaboration since they played London's infamous Kray twins. The former Spandau Ballet stars will portray crime world bosses the Alberts brothers in Assassin, a new movie set in the U.K. capital, which will also star The Business actor Danny Dyer.
It is the first time the pair has appeared together in a film since 1991, when their portrayal of notorious east London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray achieved cult status.
Assassin director Jonathan Sothcott says, "The Krays is one of the best-loved British films of all time, an untouchable classic that only a lunatic would remake, but at the core of that movie are the fantastic performances of Martin and Gary.
"Reuniting them for Assassin is a real coup, a dream come true, and I know their army of fans are going to love seeing what unpleasant plans they have for Mr Dyer."
Filming on the project begins in London next month (Sep13) and is due out next year (14).
The Kemp brothers also recently teamed up for another underworld project - they presented documentary Gangs of Britain, about the history of organised crime in the U.K.
Sir Mick Jagger's famous friends and fans took to the Internet on Friday (26Jul13) to send messages of congratulations as the Rolling Stones star turned 70. The music legend's milestone created a buzz on Twitter.com and the singer was flooded with birthday greetings from devotees from around the world.
Jagger's partner L'Wren Scott gave fans a glimpse into the star's private birthday celebrations by posting a picture of a big pile of gift-wrapped presents on her Instagram.com page with the message, "Happy Birthday Mick Jagger... The most kind and adoring man... Love to you."
The singer's Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood also sent a public birthday message to his friend - in a post on Twitter.com, he wrote, "Hey - Happy birthday Mick Jagger! Enjoy & have fun," while Jagger's ex-wife Bianca added, "Happy birthday Mick Jagger - May the Good Lord shine a light on you warm like the evening sun, xx Bianca."
One Direction star Harry Styles also sent a birthday message to the veteran musician, writing, "Happy birthday Mick Jagger legend," and former U.S. President Bill Clinton also took time to honour the star: "Everyone wants the moves like Jagger... but Mick Jagger, you're one of a kind. Happy Birthday, friend!"
Rocker Lenny Kravitz offered, "Happy Birthday Mick!!!!... Have a good one Bro," while tributes also came in from Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Martin Kemp and Mia Farrow.
Revered British broadcaster Alan Whicker has died at the age of 87. The journalist and TV presenter passed away at his home in Jersey in the early hours of Friday morning (12Jul13) after a battle with bronchial pneumonia.
Whicker began his career in the 1940s and joined the BBC in 1957.
He is perhaps best known for his social-interest documentary series Whicker's World, which ran from 1959 to 1988 and earned him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award in 1964. The star interviewed a number of famous faces including Peter Sellers, Joan Collins and Sir Christopher Lee.
In 2005, Whicker was handed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal for services to broadcasting.
British actor Stephen Fry was among the first to pay tribute to Whicker, writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "Sad news about Alan Whicker," while Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp adds, "RIP Alan Whicker, inspirational, the man who introduced me to the world.... And so cool! Thank you!"
"RIP Bernie Nolan, thinking of you and all your family and friends today. Love to you all." Former Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp pays tribute to the Irish singer, who lost her battle with breast cancer on Thursday (04Jul13).
The former EastEnders star was involved in a smash in Derby, England on Wednesday night (30Jan13) after performing in a play. He is being treated for cuts and bruises at the Royal Derby Hospital.
A spokesman for Derbyshire police says, "A 34-year-old man was taken to hospital after being involved in a road accident in Derby.
"The driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital to be treated... No other vehicles were involved and his injuries are not thought to be life threatening."
Gaffney's manager Dave Read says, "He's very lucky. He's in hospital being looked after... he escaped with cuts and bruises. He's going to be OK."
Gaffney's former EastEnders co-star, Spandau Ballet musician Martin Kemp, sent his best wishes to his friend on Twitter.com, writing, "All our love going out to (Dean Gaffney) and his family... Get well soon buddy, I'm thinking of you!"
Blue singer Simon Webbe wrote, "Please say a prayer for a friend of ours Dean Gaffney who is fighting for his life right now. Our thoughts are with you," and Another Level star Dane Bowers adds, "Wishing my boy... all the best!! Thoughts are with him and his family."
The Death Wish director passed away at the age of 77 at his home in London with his wife Geraldine at his bedside.
Theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber and Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp took to Twitter.com to pay their respects after hearing of Winner's death, and now several of his famous friends have opened up about their memories of the moviemaker.
In a statement, Cowell writes, "I'm very sad to hear about Michael passing away. He's become a very good friend over the years and someone whose company I have always really enjoyed.
"Laughter was never far away when Michael was around and he is someone who the more I got to know, the fonder I got of him. I am sure there are a lot of other people who, like me, will really miss him."
Cleese branded Winner's death "very sad" and added, "He was the dearest, kindest, funniest and most generous of friends. I shall miss him terribly."
Director Edgar Wright wrote on Twitter.com, "I never met Michael Winner but he was kind enough to sign a Sentinel poster for me as a surprise for a friend's birthday. Very sweet of him."
The cause of Winner's death has still not been made public, but he revealed last year (12) that liver specialists had given him just 18 months to live and he had considered ending his life at a euthanasia clinic.
The Death Wish director passed away at his home in London on Monday (21Jan13) with his wife Geraldine at his bedside.
Winner revealed last year (12) that liver specialists had given him just 18 months to live and he had considered ending his life at a euthanasia clinic.
In a statement on Monday, Geraldine Winner said, "Michael was a wonderful man - brilliant, funny and generous. A light has gone out in my life."
Born in London in 1935, Winner began his career as a showbiz journalist before moving to the BBC as a screenwriter and assistant director in the late 1950s. He directed several low-budget British movies in the 1960s, and his work with Oliver Reed drew the attention of Hollywood producers.
Winner's breakthrough came directing Marlon Brando in 1972 movie The Nightcomers, and in 1974 he shot his most famous film, controversial vigilante classic Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson.
His movie work thinned out in the 1980s and '90s but he continued to shoot the occasional film, with his last work behind the camera being 1998 comedy Parting Shots.
In recent years, Winner became a famed and feared restaurant critic in the U.K., known for his blunt and often scathing reviews.
Following news of his death, several fellow British stars took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to Winner. Theatre impresario Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber writes, "Dearest Mr Michael Winner. True originals come rarely in a lifetime. Madeleine and I will deeply miss you," and Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp tweets, "RIP Michael Winner... I will never forget our meetings... Loss of a great character!".
Journalist Piers Morgan adds, "Very sad to hear Michael Winner has died. Hilarious, often preposterous, always generous, highly intelligent man. And terrific writer. RIP... Favourite Winner anecdote was when he bought me a bottle of '61 Latour for dinner, and I told him it was corked. He nearly self-combusted."
The veteran actor passed away at a hospital in Texas after suffering complications from his battle with cancer, during which he continued to shoot scenes for the revamped Dallas TV show.
He is best remembered for his portrayal of scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing in the original version of the soap opera, which ran from 1978 to 1991, and many of his famous fans have taken to Twitter.com to express their sadness at his death.
Actress Matlin, writes, "RIP Larry Hagman. His portrayal of JR Ewing on Dallas was iconic but I loved him as well in I Dream Of Jeannie. RIP, " while Vanessa Williams posted a picture of herself posing with Hagman, with the caption, "RIP to the amazingly charming Larry Hagman."
Veteran TV host King admits he was stunned by news of the star's death, and praised the actor for helping him out over the years: "I'm shocked. Larry Hagman was a dear man who had an incredible career. He helped me to stop smoking. He really was a very special person."
TV's self-styled "Mr. Nasty" Cowell honoured Hagman as the "best baddie" on the small screen, writing, "Very sad to hear about larry hagman. He was the best TV baddie and from people who met him all said he was a great guy. He will be missed."
Star Trek actor William Shatner, adds, "My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Larry Hagman," and TV star Sharon Osbourne writes, "So sad to hear about the passing of Larry Hagman. Sending love and respect to his family. "
British star Martin Kemp recalls Hagman's most famous Dallas storyline: "RIP Larry Hagman... I was part of the 'Who shot JR' generation. Hat tipped to you," while Irish singer Ronan Keating honoured Hagman as an integral part of his childhood, adding, "Fond memories of watching Dallas with my mam (mother). Goodnight Larry and thank you. Legend."
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Dunn passed away in Portugal at the age of 92 after suffering complications following an operation earlier this week (begs05Nov12), and Lavender has only fond memories of his pal, who he starred alongside in the classic BBC sitcom.
He tells ITV News, "Obviously, (I feel) great sadness, but you can't be too sad at 92, it's a good age 92. But I don't want any friend to go. You start thinking abut what fun we had, and just what a lovely guy he was. When we started out I was 21, just about 22, and he was 47 and because he was so close to me in age compared to everybody else I tried to make him my playmate!
"He looked after me quite a lot as a youngster and would get me to do things that I don't think anybody else might get me to do. He suggested it would be a good idea for me to join him doing cabaret in a working men's club... and it seemed a perfectly good idea, and so I did, and we had great fun.
"One thing always stands out... Clive would always make you smile, no matter how you were feeling... a hug, and a little look and a quip about something."
Singer/actor Martin Kemp has also added his tribute on Twitter.com, writing, "RIP clive Dunn....Thank you for so many laughs when I was a kid!", while actor Tom Ellis adds, "RIP Clive Dunn...a huge part of my tv watching as a kid...incredibly funny actor."