‘Allo ‘Allo actor Gorden Kaye dies aged 75

The comedy star – best known for his role in the long-running BBC sitcom – passed away on Monday morning

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Actor Gorden Kaye has died aged 75. The star of ‘Allo ‘Allo passed away in a care home on Monday morning, his agent confirmed to BBC News

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Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the BBC sitcom and appeared in all of the show’s 84 episodes between 1982 and 1992, as well as a stage version. The fictional series focused on the activities of resistance fighters in the Second World War in France when it was occupied by the Germans. 

A one-off revival in 2007 was his last on-screen appearance which saw the reunion of several members of the comedy’s original cast. Kaye’s character was known for his catchphrase: “you stupid woman”.

Kaye’s other notable roles included 2004 sketch show Revolver and a small part in Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil. 

He was the subject of a This Is Your Life episode in 1986 and appeared on Desert Island Discs in 1991. 

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Members of the entertainment community – including Kaye’s co-star Vicki Michelle – have been paying tribute to the late actor since news of his death broke: