"Goblet of Fire" Actor Eric Sykes Dead at Age 89
July 05, 2012, 07:15 PM
Eric Sykes, who portrayed Frank Bryce in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," passed away peacefully yesterday morning. BBC News reports:
"Eric Sykes, 89, star of TV, stage and films, died peacefully this morning after a short illness," said Norma Farnes. "His family were with him."
Sykes found fame in a series of TV sitcoms from the 1950s, including Sykes And A... alongside Hattie Jacques.
Sir Bruce Forsyth paid tribute to the star, calling him "one of the greats of comedy in this country".
"He was universally loved here," the entertainer continued. "He was just one of the funniest men ever."
Comedian Stephen Fry wrote on Twitter: "Oh no! Eric Sykes gone? An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man."
Our condolences go out to the family.
The report above doesn’t really do justice to his work, so please click on the link! I’m glad that Leaky has put this up here, but I wish they’d used an avatar of one of his scenes. I watched Goblet of Fire again a couple of weeks back, and admiring his performance in that cameo role.
It is sad news, and he was an amazing man; scriptwriter, comedian and actor. I’m glad he went peacefully, he was much loved and will be missed, I grew up watching him in his comedy series with Hattie Jacques (and various other things) and remember him with real affection.
As Valeria-Johanna said, why can’t they put a picture of Eric as Frank Bryce a the top of the article? I’m sure it would be perfectly easy to do, and it would show a bit more respect for this talented man.