Carl Weathers and Ian Lavender RIP

Two very different actors who had in common that both were much loved by their fans have passed away.

Ian Lavender, who played Private Pike in "Dad's Army" and was the last surviving member of the main cast of the show, died on Friday at the age of 77.

He was just 22 when he was cast for Dad's Army in 1969.

I suspect most people will particularly remember his character because of the line, spoken by Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring, from a scene which also featured a brilliant performance by Philip Madoc as a Nazi U-boat commander, 

"Don't, tell him, Pike!"

Ian Lavender also acted in other TV comedies such as Yes Minister, and appeared on stage. He had a stint on EastEnders as Derek Harkinson, a role he reprised in 2016 for a festive storyline.

From the other side of the pond, fans of "The Mandalorian" are mourning Carl Weathers, who plays the head bounty hunter turned magistrate and planetary leader, Greef Karga in the first three seasons of the show, and who also appeared in the first four "Rocky" films as  Apollo Creed and in Predator.

Two great actors. They will be missed.

Rest in Peace.


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