RIP Trevor "Mr Lucas" Bannister

Moderators: Jason, Toothy, Tonyblack

RIP Trevor "Mr Lucas" Bannister

Postby Bouncy Castle » Sat Apr 16, 2011 2:54 pm

Are You Being Served? star Trevor Bannister has died aged 76, his brother has confirmed.

The actor suffered a heart attack on Thursday at his allotment in Thames Ditton, Surrey, John Bannister said.

The actor was best known for his role as ladies' man Mr Lucas in the 1970s BBC sitcom set in a department store but he also worked in the theatre.

"He was a good lad, we were all very fond of him," Mr Bannister told BBC News.

He added his brother had been doing some repair work on his shed when he became ill.

Frank Thornton, who appeared as Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served?, told the BBC he had "many, many happy memories" of his co-star.

"He was a very good friend over a long time," he said.

"We often met with him and his wife - he was recently at my 90th birthday celebrations in January and that was the last time we saw him. We shall miss him sorely."

Born in Durrington, Wiltshire, and the youngest of three children, Bannister did two year's National Service before going to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

During his career which spanned five decades, he appeared in TV shows including The Avengers, Dixon of Dock Green, The Saint and Z Cars.

More recently, the actor had a stint in the long-running BBC series Last of the Summer Wine.

In 2009, the actor led the tributes to his Are You Being Served? co-star Wendy Richard and gave a reading at her funeral.

Speaking to the BBC at the time about his experiences of working on the sitcom, he said: "The joy of that particular show was the fact that most of us had known each other before we came to do it.

"We loved working with each other and had a lot of respect for each other. I think that fun and enjoyment conveyed itself through the screen."

He is survived by his second wife Pam and three sons Simon, Timothy and Jeremy.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.

The rest of us are a bit crap.
User avatar
Bouncy Castle
Member
 
Posts: 11807
Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:08 pm
Location: London

Postby Tonyblack » Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:12 pm

R.I.P. Trevor. :(
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 28637
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Postby The Mad Collector » Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:14 pm

RIP - A sad loss :(
One of those? Oh I'm sure I have one somewhere..

http://www.bearsonthesquare.com
User avatar
The Mad Collector
Member
 
Posts: 9468
Joined: Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:48 am
Location: Ironbridge UK

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:22 pm

Lurved Mr Lucas - he was 'Heavy Breathing' in The Dustbinmen too (Jack Rosenthal TV comedy in the late 1960). He will be missed

RIP Trevor :cry:
Last edited by Jan Van Quirm on Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.
"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” George Bernard Shaw
User avatar
Jan Van Quirm
Member
 
Posts: 10316
Joined: Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:07 pm
Location: Dunheved, Kernow

Postby Bouncy Castle » Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:22 pm

I'm saying this more and more these days ............. Another part of my childhood gone.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.

The rest of us are a bit crap.
User avatar
Bouncy Castle
Member
 
Posts: 11807
Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:08 pm
Location: London

Postby meerkat » Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:48 pm

Another funny soul gone! It's not fair! RIP Trev.
Just a meerkat from The Effing Forest
User avatar
meerkat
Member
 
Posts: 13414
Joined: Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:32 pm
Location: Wilberfoss East Riding Yorkshire

Postby Tonyblack » Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:33 pm

Apparently there are only two members of the cast left now. :(
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 28637
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Postby Sjoerd3000 » Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:31 pm

RIP Trevor :(
A poster outside one shop urged people to Dig For Victory, as if it were some kind of turnip.
User avatar
Sjoerd3000
Member
 
Posts: 8797
Joined: Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:23 pm
Location: Groningen, The Netherlands


Return to TV, film, theatre

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 5 guests