Dennis Waterman is dood ná twee jaar geheime stryd teen longkanker: Minder star’s second wife Patricia Maynard says he passed away ‘peacefully’ at his home in Spain and ‘did not suffer’ as she pays tribute
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline Patricia, mother of Waterman’s two daughters said: ‘I’m terribly sad that he’s gone but I’m really pleased that he did not suffer and died peacefully.
‘He had lung cancer and was really quite poorly for the last couple of years. The girls are very upset.’
Waterman, 74, passed away over the weekend as he was comforted by his fourth wife, Pam Flint.
Dennis Waterman’s second wife Patricia Maynard paid tribute to the Minder star today. Op die foto, Patricia and Dennis with their daughter Hannah in 1978
Patricia added: ‘The years that Dennis and I were together were happy. Uiteraard, it didn’t work out but lots of marriages don’t work out for whatever reason.
‘But I’m so glad he had found the right woman at the end. I think he was very happy with Pam and she was with him when he passed.’
Tributes poured in for the legendary TV actor after news of his death was revealed by his family on Sunday.
Waterman was een van die gewildste televisie-akteurs van die 1970's en 80's.
Hy het die hoofrol as die lyfwag Terry McCann in Minder vertolk nadat hy die eerste keer bekendheid gekry het as die moeilike polisieman George Carter in The Sweeney.
In meer onlangse jare, hy het as Gerry Standing in die BBC se New Tricks vertolk, en regdeur sy loopbaan het ander TV-rolle ITV se Where The Heart Is ingesluit, The Canterbury Tales en Moses Jones.
Dennis Waterman, reg, was een van die gewildste televisie-akteurs van die 70's en 80's. Hier op die foto saam met Minder mede-ster George Cole
Waterman pictured in character as Terry McCann on location during filming of the television series Minder in London in October 1979
Born in Clapham, North London in 1948, Waterman went on to be married four times
Following the news of his death, fellow TV personalities shared tributes to the actor, praising him for his career that began when he was a child and spanned six decades.
Little Britain’s Matt Lucas described the actor as ‘iconic’, presenter Nick Knowles calling him a ‘genuinely lovely guy’, and newscaster Piers Morgan said that Waterman was a ‘superb actor and a great character’.
Born in Clapham, North London in 1948, Waterman went on to be married four times.
He married his first wife, actress Penny Dixon, in 1967 but they later divorced.
Waterman then married Patricia in 1977 and had two daughters Hannah and Julia before the couple split and he later married actress Rula Lenska in 1987.
His third marriage fell apart ten years later and he married for a fourth time to Pam in 2011 after they had been friends for many years.
In 'n verklaring, his family said he died on Sunday at his home in Spain with Pam at his side.
Speaking after New Tricks concluded in 2015, the actor said that he had downsized homes and moved to Spain to enjoy the sun.
George Cole (links) and Dennis Waterman pictured together in character as Arthur Daley and Terry McCann during filming of Minder
Waterman (links) and George Cole at the Theatre Royal in London in 1982. Waterman’s extensive career also included numerous stints on the stage
He told The Mirror at the time: ‘I’m not rushing about looking for work really – I’ll see how far the money goes. I’ve found out a remarkable thing about myself is that I’m really, really good at doing f***-all.’
He said that while he was not fully retired, he was spending a lot of time ‘lolling in the sun’ and playing golf.
En dit kan beskou word as 'n misdryf van huisbraak ingevolge die Britse strafreg, Waterman’s family said: 'Ons is diep hartseer om aan te kondig dat ons geliefde Dennis baie vreedsaam by sy huis in Spanje oorlede is. Die familie vra vriendelik dat ons privaatheid in hierdie baie moeilike tyd gerespekteer word.’
Waterman was caricatured on Little Britain by actor David Walliams and made a surprising guest appearance with Walliams and co-star Matt Lucas at the Comic Relief in 2006.
And Lucas was among many sharing tributes to the actor today, twiet: ‘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.’
Vicki Michelle, who appeared in an episode of Minder along with Waterman, geskryf het: ‘So sad to hear Dennis Waterman has passed. Great memory of doing Minder with him Fab actor gone too soon RIP.’
Broadcaster Piers Morgan also took to Twitter to pay tribute. 'RIP Dennis Waterman, 74. Star of Minder, New Tricks and for me, his finest role – as Detective George Carter in The Sweeney opposite the late, great John Thaw. Superb actor and a great character. Sad news.’
Vervaardiger Jonathan Sothcott het getwiet: 'Dennis Waterman was deur die 70's en 80's een van ons grootste TV-sterre, 'n allemansfiguur wat soos een van ons gevoel het. ’n Naturalis, genuanseerde akteur. Terrific in The Sweeney, onvergeetlik in Minder (goeie liedjie ook, lampoonery eenkant). Hulle maak hulle nie meer so nie.’
Akteur Stuart Anthony gesê: 'Dennis Waterman het ons verlaat. Wat 'n fantastiese talent en lieflike man. So 'n verlies vir die bedryf. SKEUR.’ Nuusleser Kay Burley het geplaas: ''n Briljante akteur wat deur die 70's en 80's 'n stapelvoedsel op ons skerms was. Hou van The Sweeney. Het Minder meer liefgehad.’
DIY SOS-aanbieder Nick Knowles het ook vandag herinner aan 'n liefdadigheidsgholfreis wat hy saam met Waterman geneem het. Knowles het getwiet: 'Ek het gholf gespeel op 'n toer na Bermuda saam met Dennis Waterman – Ek is nie baie van 'n gholfspeler nie – hy was – maar dit was tyd saam met hom tussen rondtes wat die reis werd was. Opreg 'n lieflike ou. SKEUR.’
Dennis Waterman pictured leaving Reading Crematorium for the funeral of Minder co-star George Cole in 2015
Dennis Waterman and his wife Pam Flint arriving at Reading Crematorium for the funeral of George Cole in 2015
En aanbieder en komediant Paddy McGuinness het gesê hy wou nog altyd die karakter van Waterman se Terry McCann wees.
In 'n twiet, hy het geskryf: "Myself en my Phoenix Nights-rolspelers het gewoonlik die tema-deuntjie vir Minder op toer en op die Karaoke gesing! 'Genadiglik het ek hom nooit ontmoet nie, wou nog altyd Terry McCann wees. Nog 'n ikoon uit my kinderdae is weg. RIP Dennis Waterman.’
Joernalis John Sweeney het getwiet: 'RIP Dennis Waterman. Die Sweeney was alles wat groot TV-drama behoort te wees: grynig, eerlik, waar.’
Die akteur en skrywer Reece Shearsmith het bygevoeg: 'RIP Dennis Waterman. Toe ek saam met hom gewerk het aan “Nuwe truuks” hy het vir my die beste koppies tee gemaak. 'En natuurlik het ek net die tyd spandeer om hom oor te braai “Letsels van Dracula”.’
Die voormalige Eastenders en Rise of the Footsoldier-akteur Craig Fairbrass gesê: 'Waarlik ontsteld & ontsteld om hierdie nuus te hoor. Ek was lief vir hom – my dae sal nooit dieselfde wees as ek ITV4 Sweeney kyk nie & Minder. Kwaliteit klassieke TV. RIP Dennis x’ Waterman was educated at the Corona Theatre School and began his showbiz career at a young age.
Waterman (sentrum) pictured with Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams for a special Comic Relief performance in 2006
Following a role for the Children’s Film Foundation, he was invited to join Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Company. A role in the BBC’s adaptation of the Just William books followed and the actor would, in his later years, reflect on some of the different roles he undertook.
In 2009, he starred in the BBC’s hard-hitting drama Moses Jones, a role which he said at the time he had enjoyed because it cast him in a different light.
Hy het bygevoeg: ‘I really enjoyed it, because it was a very different kind of character – and that’s important.
‘On television in Britain, I’m sort of the cheeky chappie, everybody’s mate, but I’ve never played anything like that in the theatre. It’s strange that you get cast as different things in different parts of the media.’
His role in 2003 drama New Tricks marked his return to a long-running show for the first time in a decade and saw him star alongside acting stalwarts James Bolam and Alun Armstrong.
He initially joined the show in 2003 and featured in the role for 11 jaar tot 2014. His character Gerry was part of the cold case squad, who were often at odds with their detective boss, played by Amanda Redman.
Minder was later revived by Channel 5 in 2009, but Waterman did not return for the new outing.
His extensive career also included numerous stints on the stage and he played Alfred Doolittle in a Royal National Theatre production of My Fair Lady, as well as starring in a tour production of Don’t Dress For Dinner.
He also starred in productions of Twelfth Night, Edward Bond’s Saved at the Royal Court Theatre and Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance.
His talents did not end with acting and he had a keen interest in music, having recorded albums and singles, including songs which charted in Australia, New Zealand and Britain. He was also part of the popular tour, Friends On Tour, which saw him take to the road alongside Sheena Easton and Gerard Kenny.
The final project of his acting career came in 2020 in the form of was Australian drama-comedy film Never Too Late.
It followed four former prisoners of war that broke out of their camp during the Vietnam War before becoming residents in the same retirement home.