19 Mar 2013

British actor Frank Thornton dies

11:14 am on 19 March 2013

Actor Frank Thornton, who played the pompous Captain Peacock in the comedy Are You Being Served?, has died aged 92.

Thornton mainly played comedy roles and was also known for his role as Truly in Last of the Summer Wine and starred in comedies such as Hancock's Half Hour, The Goodies and Steptoe and Son.

He was best known for his role of Captain Stephen Peacock, an uptight store walker who bragged about his wartime exploits in the BBC comedy Are You Being Served?.

The sitcom, packed with double entendres and sexual innuendoes, ran for 13 years from 1972 and was based in the fictional London department store Grace Brothers.

Agent David Daly said Thornton died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Barnes, London, on Saturday.

"I have been Frank's agent since 1986 and he has been the most wonderful client as well as being a great friend. He will be sorely missed," he said in a statement.

Thornton is survived by his wife of 67 years, Beryl, daughter Jane and three grandchildren, Reuters reports.