Daredevil: Collins vaulting a railing above the streets of London in 1981. 'He was tough and he could fight, he looked good, he was handsome and he had this nice sense of humour. Sending love to his family.'. Creator of The Professionals Brian Clemens told the BBC: 'I thought he would have made a marvellous Bond. In 1988 Collins played Sergeant George Godley in the miniseries Jack The Ripper, which also starred Michael Caine as Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline. I send my love and condolences to his family, and the great many who will miss him.". Collins' other most notable role came in the 1982 film Who Dares Wins, when he played a member of the SAS. Sending love to his family xx”, John Rostron wrote: “So many playground days spent pretending to be Bodie or Doyle.”, SJ Gray added: “The hair, the polo necks, the leather coats, ahhh.”, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Former paratrooper and SAS solider William Bodie, played by Collins, was a keen partier and ladies man, more relaxed than his on-screen partner Raymond Doyle, who was brought to life by Shaw. Born in Birkenhead, Wirral, Collins started out as a hairdresser before he started playing drums and guitar in pop groups, and had a number of other jobs before he decided to become an actor. The stress relief you need! The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. RIP. Shaw, currently appearing in a West End production of 12 Angry Men, said he was saddened by the news of his co-star’s death. The Professionals made stars of Collins and Shaw, was based around the adventures of a fictional crime fighting unit called CI5, which had been instructed by the Home Secretary to use any means necessary to deal with serious crime. 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Its memorable theme tune and action-packed plots made it a huge hit during its run on ITV from 1977 to 1983. TV STARS and fans last night paid tribute to legendary tough guy actor Lewis Collins, who has died aged 67. The duo answered to George Cowley, the founder and head of CI5 played by Gordon Jackson, who would tell his agents to 'fight fire with fire' in order to get their targets. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. 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The actor died surrounded by his family at home in Los Angeles. Loved watching The Professionals as a kid. Collins, who played taciturn tough guy Bodie alongside Martin Shaw, had fought a five-year battle with cancer. Just like the roles he played he was an action man in real life, counting parachuting, flying planes and rifle shooting among his hobbies. seeing as the other answer was the same!
He was a true gent. He also passed the entrance exam for the Territorial SAS but was rejected for being “too famous”. ', Piers Morgan: 'Sad news about Lewis Collins. After starring in the 1982 movie Who Dares Wins, Collins rarely appeared on screen again. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Collins had another taste of on-screen policing when he played Dr Peter Alan, a research scientist in need of police protection, in a 2002 episode of The Bill. British actor Lewis Collins, best known as Bodie in The Professionals, dies aged 67 after a five-year struggle with cancer. Moment Trump gets emotional with 'his sweetheart' Ivanka by his side as he closes out marathon campaign in... 'Voting for someone I truly trust...me': Kanye West casts write-in vote for himself in Wyoming after failing... Melania looks sensational in $4,500 chain-print Gucci dress as she votes in 77 degree Florida heat after... Shares surge around the world as investors bet on Biden... but did markets jump the gun? Known for his role as tough-guy Bodie, Collins was a popular character in The Professionals, which was famed for its Ford Capris, tight trousers, and 1970s rule-free approach to policing. He also appeared in 1970s sitcom The Cuckoo Waltz, which dealt with the comic complications that ensue when impoverished newlyweds Chris and Fliss Hawthorne, played by David Roper and Diane Keen, take in a lodger, Gavin Rumsey (Collins) to ease their financial problems.
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Had style! It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Michael Grade: 'He was Bodie. Actor Lewis Collins, star of the cult television show The Professionals, has died at the age of 67. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. “We spent a very tough four years together in making The Professionals, and shared in the production of what has become an icon of British television. Initially, Anthony Andrews, best known for Brideshead Revisted, was contracted to play Bodie, but he and Shaw did not have the chemistry that producers were looking for. Now the government has announced it will provide further support for self-employed workers in the country, Instagram model flaunts sexy G-string as fans ask 'do you wear clothes? Had style!'.
Around this time, he auditioned for the role of James Bond, but his audition was reported to be “too aggressive”.
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