Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Likely Lad Rodney Bewes Dies at 79

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Likely Lad Rodney Bewes Dies at 79

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Byline: JOE NERSSESSIAN Reporter

RODNEY Bewes, star of the classic Tyneside-set sitcom The Likely Lads, has died. The 79-year-old actor - best known for his role as Bob Ferris in the 60s BBC sitcom and its 70s sequel, Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? - died yesterday.

His agent Michelle Braidman described him as a "true one off", in a statement on Twitter.

She added: "It is with great sadness that we confirm that our dear client, the much loved actor Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning. We will miss his charm and ready wit."

Bewes would have turned 80 next Monday and is survived by his four children, Billy, Joe, Tom, and Daisy, and two grandchildren Oscar and Eliza.

As Bob, he would often ponder the merits of beer and birds opposite James Bolam who played loveable sponger Terry Collier in the sitcom and its sequel which drew audiences of up to 27 million. But off-screen the pair fell out and did not speak for decades.

The Likely Lads, which ran from 1964 to 1966, and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads, which ran from 1973 to 1974 with a 1976 spinoff film, were the high points of Bewes' career and he struggled to match it in later years. …

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