Performing artist and actor Gorden Kaye has passed away at age 75. His former agency confirmed that he died at a nursing home Monday morning.
Kaye played Rene Artois on the hit show as a cafe owner, which centered on the fictional achievements of WWII resistance fighters in German-occupied France.
He starred in all 84 episodes of the sitcom, as well as the stage version.
Witty And Amusing
Tributes are going out to the outstanding comic actor.
Vicki Michelle co-starred with Kaye as waitress Yvette. Michelle praises him as a brilliant and talented actor, trained professional, who loved the world over.
Su Pollard appears with Kaye in four series of BBC Radio 4 comedy For Better or for Worse. Pollard says Kaye was very witty, intelligent, and amusing. He was very private, but he was very friendly and always happy to talk to his fans.
In his autobiography, Kaye reveals that the unusual spelling of his first name was actually an error by the acting union Equity, which he decided to keep.
He appeared in many sitcom roles including “Are You Being Served?,” “Till Death Us Do Part,” and “It Ain’t Half Hot Mum” before getting the role of Rene.
In 1990, Kaye’s career almost came to an end when he was severely injured in the Burns’ Day storm.
Kay’s last TV role was in a one-time return of ‘Allo ‘Allo! in 2007, reuniting several cast members. He also starred in Revolver in 2004.
Shane Allen, BBC comedy commissioning controller says Gorden Kaye was an amazing comic actor whose signature role of Rene Artois got him into the comedy hall of fame. His work lives on through his well-loved series. Our thoughts go out to his friends and loved ones during this sad time.