Dennis Waterman dead: Minder and New Tricks star dies aged 74 at Spanish home with wife by his side

Dennis Waterman dead: Minder and New Tricks star dies aged 74 at Spanish home with wife by his side

ACTOR Dennis Waterman has died aged 74.

The celebrated TV star was best-known for his tough guy roles in shows like Minder, New Tricks and The Sweeney.

His incredible acting career spanned 60 years starting with childhood roles in film and theatre. He took up his first role aged just 13.

Mr Waterman played former pro boxer Terry McCann in the comedy-drama Minder, which was about London's criminal underworld. He left the role in 1989 after his seventh series.

A family statement said today: "We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis, passed away very peacefully at his home in Spain, on Saturday evening, with Pam by his side.

"The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

He found fame in the BBC drama William and was one of Britain's best-known faces through the 1970s, when he played DS George Carter in ITV's police drama The Sweeney.

Dennis was also a singer, releasing three albums and 12 singles.

His 1983 song What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors? with George Cole was 21st in the UK charts.

He was caricatured by David Walliams in the comedy series Little Britain. The character repeatedly visits his agent, played by Matt Lucas, looking for parts.

Matt Lucas led tributes to the actor, writing: "I grew up watching Dennis Waterman's iconic performances in The Sweeney and Minder.

"His guest appearance in our Little Britain Live show at Hammersmith Apollo – in which he hilariously duetted with David's absurd impersonation of him – remains the absolute highlight of my career."

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