Scottish actor Robert Fyfe, known for playing the character Howard in the hit British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, has passed away. He was 90. Hailing from Kirkcaldy, he played the reserved and downtrodden husband of Pearl Sibshaw on Last of the Summer Wine from 1985 till the acclaimed BBC show was cancelled in 2010. The late actor’s character on the show was also known for his affair with Marina, played by Jean Fergusson, and his subsequent failed endeavors to try and cover up his relationships. The news of Fyfe’s death was confirmed by the actor’s talent agency Curtis Brown on Wednesday night and comes after his wife Diana passed away a few weeks back. The late couple are survived by sons Timothy, Nicholas and Dominic.
Speaking to the BBC, Robert Fyfe’s manager Maxine Hoffman said that the 90-year-old actor was “the most delightful client anyone could wish for”, while adding that he was “a truly talented and versatile actor and much loved by everyone he worked with.” Paying tributes to Fyfe, Morris Bright, chairman of Elstree Studios, the venue where the episodes of Last of the Summer Wine were shot, described the late actor to be the “loveliest of people”. Bright took to Twitter to express his condolences and wrote, “Sad to hear Robert Fyfe has passed aged 90. The loveliest of people, we shared some very happy times on location for Last of the Summer Wine back in the late 1990s.”
Sad to hear Robert Fyfe has passed aged 90. The loveliest of people, we shared some very happy times on location for Last of the Summer Wine back in the late 1990s.https://t.co/EeCwFmhygO— Morris Bright MBE (@Morris__Bright) September 22, 2021
Actor Robert Fyfe (right) who has passed aged 90 with fellow Last of the Summer Wine cast members and writer Roy Clarke at a @BritComSociety tribute to the show I co-hosted @PinewoodStudios in 1998. Happy memories. @MikeGradyez pic.twitter.com/FxA2iChTvW— Morris Bright MBE (@Morris__Bright) September 22, 2021
Robert Fyfe began his acting career on television in 1962 in Dr Finlay's Casebook, while also making appearances on shows like No Strings and Coronation Street, outside of his role on Last of the Summer Wine in over 200 episodes. Fyfe has also starred in Around the World in 80 Days, Babel, Cloud Atlas and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to name a few notable films.
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