Actor Keith Barron Dies At 83

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British actor Keith Barron has died at the age of 83.

Barron, who was known for his roles on British television, died on Nov. 5 after a short illness, his agent said, according to The Guardian. He is survived by his wife and son.

"He had a long and varied career that included the Nigel Barton plays by Dennis Potter, of which he was immensely proud," said Barron's agent in a statement, reports the Independent.

Barron was born in Mexborough, South Yorkshire in 1934. He rose to prominence in 1963, when he landed a role in police show "The Odd Man" in its final season and its spin-off, "It's Dark Outside." Barron went on to star in Dennis Potter's TV plays "Stand Up, Nigel Barton" and "Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton."

His career included a variety of British TV shows, including "Doctor Who," "Duty Free," "Take Me Home" and "The Professionals." He also appeared in the films "She'll Follow You Anywhere" and "The Land That Time Forgot."

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Many British TV viewers remember his leading role as David Pearce on "Duty Free" in the 1980s. The series starred Barron and Gwen Taylor as a working-class couple that met a middle-class couple, played by Joanna Van Gyseghem and Neil Stacy, on a vacation in Spain.

In addition to his extensive film and television career, Barron also served in the Royal Air Force.

In the early 1980s, Barron and his wife also ran a successful restaurant in Cornwall, England.

Fellow actors and fans expressed their grief at the actor's passing online, taking to social media to celebrate Barron's life and career.

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"So sad to hear of dear friend Keith Barron passing away," wrote former "Casualty" co-star Sunetra Parker on Twitter. "One of a kind. Guaranteed laughter. Shall never forget those days. Old school."

"Deeply saddened at passing of great actor Keith Barron," tweeted Morris Bright of Elstree Studios, according to The Telegraph. "We knew he had been unwell... A true gentleman."

"I loved the cadences of Keith Barron's voice: smooth and authoritative, but quick to show steel or self-pity when required," wrote writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet. "An underrated actor."

"I have just heard the news my old friend and colleague has died," said Taylor, Barron's former co-star on "Duty Free." "Keith was such a kind and lovely man and I don't think I've met anyone that would disagree. My thoughts and prayers go to his loving wife Mary and his son Jamie -- whom meant so much to him."

In 2003, Barron spoke about his career, explaining what he was like when he wasn't working, according to Daily Mail.

"If I'm out of work, I'm terrible," said the actor. "I'm no good to anyone. If I go out, I'm all the time wondering whether the phone's rung while I've been out."

"And if I sit in waiting for it to ring, I'm like a bear with a sore head wondering why it hasn't," added Barron. "You take nothing for granted. And the best thing about it is being offered another job. It keeps the whole thing alive."

Sources: The Guardian (2, 3), Independent, The Telegraph, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Christian Siedler/Flickr / Embedded Images: Sunetra Sarker/Twitter, Matthew Sweet/Twitter

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