Grange Hill star George A Cooper has died aged 93.
The retired actor, who played grumpy caretaker Mr Griffiths in the BBC One children’s series, passed away ‘peacefully’ at a nursing home in Liss, Hampshire, on November 16, his family confirmed.
He is survived by son Adam, who he had with his late-wife Shirley, and a funeral will be held at Chichester Crematorium, on Thursday December 6.
During a career which spanned more than three decades, he held a recurring role in ITV’s Coronation Street as dodgy businessman Willie Piggott.
Making several appearances between 1964 and 1971, he famously tried to bribe Ken Barlow (William Roache) to give his son Brian a pass on his tech exam.
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However , perhaps his most famous role was as caretaker Mr Griffiths in Grange Hill.
He featured in 103 episodes between 1985 and 1992, and played the long-suffering surrogate father of Harriet the donkey.
Other credits included Doctor Who’s The Smugglers, The Avengers, The Saint, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Steptoe and Son, Public Eye, Rising Damp, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, All Creatures Great and Small, Taggart, Casualty and Heartbreat.
But it was his time in Grange Hill that he was being remembered for as news of his death broke on Sunday.
"Today we have heard tragic news that everyone’s favourite caretaker, Mr Griffiths played by George A Cooper sadly passed away on 13th November. RIP Mr Griffiths," tweeted one.
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"He played Cherub in The Smugglers (1966), but I’ll always remember him as the grumpy caretaker in Grange Hill," added another.
A third hailed him ‘one of the best’, while one fan echoed those sentiments as they paid tribute to "a great stalwart of British TV and film."
"Sad to hear of the recent death of actor George A Cooper. For decades George appeared in almost every show going as guest actor.
"A great character actor, reliable & always spot on with his performances. You may not have known his name, but you’d remember the face. RIP George," added yet another.
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