Actor Dennis Waterman dies aged 74

Dennis Waterman dies aged 74: Actor best known for roles in Minder, the Sweeney and New Tricks passes away at his home in Spain with his wife by his side

  • Minder star Dennis Waterman has died at the age of 74, his family has confirmed
  • Waterman was one of the most popular TV actors of the 1970s and 1980s 
  • In more recent years, he starred in BBC’s New Tricks alongside Amanda Redman
  • He died in hospital this afternoon with his wife Pam by his side, his family said 

Legendary TV actor Dennis Waterman has died at the age of 74, his family has confirmed.

Waterman was one of the most popular television actors of the 1970s in 80s. He starred as bodyguard Terry McCann in Minder and he first found fame as tough nut cop George Carter in The Sweeney.

In more recent years, he starred as Gerry Standing in the BBC’s New Tricks, and throughout his career other TV roles included ITV’s Where The Heart Is, The Canterbury Tales and Moses Jones, both for the BBC..

In a statement, his family said he died today in Spain with his wife Pam at his side.

Dennis Waterman, right, was one of the most popular television actors of the 70s and 80s. Pictured here with Minder co-star George Cole

Legendary TV actor Dennis Waterman has died at the age of 74, his family has confirmed.

Dennis Waterman pictured leaving Reading Crematorium for the funeral of Minder co-star George Cole in 2015

Waterman with New Tricks co-star Amanda Redmanarriving for the Galaxy British Book Awards in 2007

They stated: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully at his home in Spain. The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.’

Tributes have flooded in as news broke of Waterman’s death. 

Actor Matt Lucas tweeted: ‘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.’

Newsreader Kay Burley posted: “A brilliant actor who was a staple on our screens throughout the 70s and 80s. Loved The Sweeney. Loved Minder more.’

Waterman was married four times, and was the father of former EasstEnders actress Hannah Waterman  with second wife Patricia Maynard.

He famously divorced Maynard in 1987 and married actress Rula Lenska but the marriage fell apart after ten years. amid claims he had been abusive. 

Waterman married his fourth wife Pam Flint in 2011 after being friends for many years.

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