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Former child star David Spenser dies

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Jul 21, 2013 | 12:54pm EDT

Former child star David Spenser has passed away at the age of 79. He died in Spain on Saturday (20Jul13). No further details were available as WENN went to press. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Spenser began performing in plays on British BBC programme Children's Hour when he was only 11 years old, and he later played the titular role in 1948 radio series Just William. He also appeared in a variety of U.K. TV shows, including Doctor Who, The Saint, Z Cars, Dixon of Dock Green and The Bell Family, while his other credits include stints in movies The Earth Dies Screaming, In Search of the Castaways and Carry On... Up the Khyber. In addition, Spenser directed two documentaries on comedian Benny Hill and produced a handful of his own radio plays for the BBC, such as The Way We Live Now and Mr Norris Changes Trains. He is survived by his actor brother, Jeremy Spenser, who appeared alongside Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl.

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