John Challis, who performed Boycie in Solely Fools And Horses, has died on the age of 79.
His household stated in an announcement that he died “peacefully in his sleep, after an extended battle with most cancers”.
The actor, who was born in Bristol in 1942, had an in depth tv profession however was greatest identified for taking part in unscrupulous second-hand automotive seller Terrance Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce within the long-running beloved BBC sitcom.
MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF JOHN CHALLIS
Sunday September 19, 2021
“It’s with heavy hearts that we deliver you such unhappy information. Our expensive good friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep, after an extended battle with most cancers.
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— Solely Fools and Horses Information (@onlyfoolsnews) September 19, 2021
“It’s with heavy hearts that we deliver you such unhappy information,” the household assertion learn.
“Our expensive good friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep, after an extended battle with most cancers.
“He’ll all the time be liked for being ‘Boycie’ and leaves an amazing legacy of labor that may proceed to deliver pleasure and smiles for a few years to come back.
“Please respect the privateness of John’s household and mates at this troublesome time, and be assured that sooner or later there can be an event to have fun John’s life – when everybody can be welcome to come back alongside.”
Challis was in his late 30s when he landed the function of Boycie, with the half initially only for one scene earlier than his character grew to become extra distinguished within the collection.
Boycie was married to the feisty Marlene – performed by Sue Holderness – and their marriage grew to become a operating joke, with repeated gags about her supposed promiscuity.
Challis additionally starred in its spin-off The Inexperienced Inexperienced Grass from 2005 to 2009 and the ITV sitcom Benidorm from the seventh collection onwards.
Earlier this month, he cancelled a 30-date talking tour after just one look as a result of unwell well being.
The actor just lately grew to become an honorary citizen of Serbia, the place Solely Fools stays vastly in style.
He additionally made the documentary Boycie In Belgrade, which explored why the present was so beloved within the Balkan nation.
His earlier roles included gangster drama Huge Breadwinner Hog in 1969, in addition to a recurring function on Z-Automobiles as Sergeant Culshaw between 1971 and 1975.
Tributes have been pouring in because the information of his demise emerged, with Sue Holderness, who performed Boycie’s spouse, describing him as a “beloved good friend”.
She stated in an announcement: “Marlene with out Boycie – it is unthinkable. John Challis was my accomplice on display and stage for 36 years and my beloved good friend. R.I.P. darling John. I’ll miss you day-after-day.”
We’re completely devastated by the passing of our pretty good friend, John Challis.
Our hearts exit to his household & mates at this troublesome time 💔
We love you, John. Sleep effectively 🙏🏼
— The Jolly Boys’ Podcast – Solely Fools & Horses. (@ofah_podcast) September 19, 2021
The Three Levels singer Sheila Ferguson tweeted: “I have been ready for this for a number of days now.
“It’s with nice disappointment that I let you know that my expensive good friend, John Challis (Boycie from OFAH) has simply handed.
“I have been in contact along with his spouse, Carol, who is clearly heartbroken, as am I. A lot love, S.”
One Solely Fools fan tweeted: “Completely gutted to listen to of the passing of John Challis (Boycie from OFAH) Large a part of so many individuals’s childhoods”.
I’m heartbroken to listen to the information that the legendary actor @BeingBoycie has sadly handed away. John you have been a real gentleman and all the time so loving and supportive in the direction of me. I’m pondering of your loved ones and shut mates at this difficult time. Relaxation effectively. Crissy xx pic.twitter.com/vSZJt6IVUp
— Crissy Rock (@Crissy_Rock) September 19, 2021
Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle stated: “Shocked and saddened to listen to of the passing of Great John Challis such a wonderful man. Beloved by the Nation. Condolences to his household and family members.”
Crissy Rock, who starred alongside Challis in Benidorm, tweeted: “I’m heartbroken to listen to the information that the legendary actor @BeingBoycie has sadly handed away. John you have been a real gentleman and all the time so loving and supportive in the direction of me. I’m pondering of your loved ones and shut mates at this difficult time. Relaxation effectively. Crissy xx.”
The Jolly Boys Podcast stated: “We’re completely devastated by the passing of our pretty good friend, John Challis. Our hearts exit to his household & mates at this troublesome time We love you, John. Sleep effectively”.
His household stated donations in his reminiscence will be made to his chosen animal charities Cuan Wildlife Rescue, Tusk or the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
“As Boycie would have stated… you understand it is sensible!” their assertion added.