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Lisa McLoughlin

Friday Night Dinner actor Harry Landis dies aged 90

Friday Night Dinner star Harry Landis has died at the age of 90.

The actor passed away on Monday with his agent at Sharry Clark Artists confirming the news on Wednesday.

A statement on social media read: “Sad news. Our lovely client Harry Landis has passed to spirit.

“Harry had an amazing career and gained a new following in later life as Mr Morris in Friday Night Dinner.

“It was a privilege to have worked with him as a client. Harry you will be sadly missed. RIP.”

The London-born star played obnoxious Mr Morris, Grandma’s new boyfriend, in the cult Channel 4 comedy.

Friday Night Dinner star Harry Landis has died at the age of 90. Pictured with co-star Frances Cuka (Channel 4)

His former Friday Night Dinner co-star Tracy-Ann Oberman, who played Auntie Val, paid tribute to Landis on Twitter, writing: “Bloody loved #HarryLandis. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.”

Fans joined Oberman in remembering Landis and paid their respects to the late actor on social media.

One viewer shared: “RIP Harry, you were an incredibly gifted actor and you’ll be sorely missed, sleep well.”

“Gutted. RIP Harry Landis aka Mr Morris from Friday Night Dinner. You had my entire family howling and crying with laughter during lockdown. The best lockdown antidote,” another penned.

A third remarked: “So sad to hear this news. I loved him in Friday Night Dinner. Absolutely hilarious.”

Landis began acting aged 15 and landed his first TV job in 1955 on series Dixon of Dock Green.

He went on to starred in movies such as A Hill in Korea, Bitter Victory, Edge of Sanity, Ransom, The Informers, Private Potter, Dunkirk and Operation Bullshine.

Over the course of his career, Landis appeared in several shows including Minder, Goodnight Sweetheart, and Casualty.

He even enjoyed a brief stint on BBC soap EastEnders playing Felix Kawalski from 1995 to 1997.

Aside from his stellar career on screen, Landis directed numerous productions at the Unity Theatre before going on to become the artistic director of the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

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