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"Goblet of Fire" Actor Eric Sykes Dead at Age 89

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Posted by: Mel
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.

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1346 Points

Rest in Peace Eric Sykes

Posted by HarryLover on July 06, 2012, 06:33 PM report to moderator
28416 Points

@doctorpope181, Frank Bryce was the caretaker at the Riddle House in Goblet of Fire, and he was killed by Voldemort and is one of the people who appears in the scene when Harry is duelling with Voldemort and the wands connect and the last few people that were killed by Voldemort’s wand reappear due to the Priori Incantatem effect.

Both book and film open with the scene where Frank Bryce goes to investigate the intruders in the Riddle House.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on July 07, 2012, 02:21 AM report to moderator
4881 Points

I admit I don’t know Eric Sykes from any of his previous work, but I thought he was a very good choice for the role of Frank Bryce. He played his part very well in GoF, and I was sad to hear of his death..that’s why I agree with people asking Leaky to change the photo, it’s a bit misleading.. I got a little muddled while reading the headline – that Eric Sykes has died – and yet I was looking at a picture of the actor portraying Victor Krum putting his name in the Goblet of Fire.. wouldn’t it be more appropriate and respectful towards Mr Sykes’ memory to have his own photo to go with this report?

Posted by HBPFan [ITC!] - CatPhoenix14 on July 07, 2012, 09:28 AM report to moderator
11768 Points

Leaky has just eaten my comment! I’ll try again – yes, I think so, too.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on July 07, 2012, 09:52 AM report to moderator
28416 Points

It would seem that putting a picture of Eric Sykes at the top of the article is beyond the powers of Leaky, or else no one is listening to us or has a proper sense of respect. I’m really quite irritated now.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on July 07, 2012, 11:52 AM report to moderator
206 Points

He was such a good actor!!! :’(

Posted by WizardRockFansAreTheSweetestKindOfFans on July 07, 2012, 01:56 PM report to moderator
206 Points

He was such a good actor!!! :’(

Posted by WizardRockFansAreTheSweetestKindOfFans on July 07, 2012, 01:59 PM report to moderator
1317 Points

Peace be the journey Mr. Sykes! Your work in TV & film are preserved for posterity!

Posted by hewy on July 07, 2012, 04:13 PM report to moderator
211 Points

Aw, that’s sad. Just got home from Ireland yesterday. Very sad news about his death. Fortunately he lived a long life. Rest in peace, and may God bless Your family in these very hard times.

Posted by Milla Aiko Indie on July 09, 2012, 12:48 PM report to moderator
152 Points

Aww, that’s sad. :( I hope he can look back from wherever he is now and say he had a good life.

Posted by hogwarts-is-my-home on July 12, 2012, 10:51 AM report to moderator
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