Actor Rodney Litchfield, recognized for roles in TV exhibits together with Early Doors, Coronation Street and Phoenix Nights, has died on the age of 81.
Litchfield performed the depressing Tommy within the pub-based BBC comedy Early Doors, which aired in 2003 and 2004.
Phil Mealey, who wrote the present with Craig Cash, confirmed the information to the BBC, saying the performer had been ill for a number of years.
“He was a fantastic actor,” and nothing like Tommy, Mealey stated.
“He was quite a miserable old bugger in the pub, but he was nothing like that in real life. He was always winding people up and messing around. He was a good old guy.”
Mealey and Cash went by means of a prolonged audition course of and noticed some large names for the a part of Tommy, however gave it to Litchfield “because he was just so great at that character”, the author added.
Litchfield, from Wigan, then moved into Coronation Street as Wilf Morton, a former felony who faked his personal demise.
His different TV roles included Wild Bill in Phoenix Nights plus credit in Sunshine, My Family, Stay Lucky and Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise.
Early Doors co-star Christine Bottomley paid tribute to “our dear friend”.
And Michael Starke, who performed the son of Litchfield’s character in Coronation Street, described him as a “lovely man and fine actor”.
Litchfield usually performed cantankerous characters on display, however as soon as stated: “I’m nothing like the man I play in films and on TV.
“But individuals who see me round Wigan should suppose I’m an actual depressing previous chap as a result of that is the facet of me they see on the tv.
“In recent years, I’ve played murderers, paedophiles, wife beaters and other terrible characters. I must have that kind of face.”