British comedian Robin Parkinson who played the popular character of Monsier Ernest Leclerc in the British sitcom Allo Allo! has passed away, age 92.
Parkinson’s family revealed in a statement that the famed star had died peacefully with his loved ones by his side.
“Robin Parkinson, actor, known for ‘Allo ‘Allo! and as the voice of Button Moon, has died peacefully at the age of 92 with his wife and daughters by his side,” the statement read.
Fellow Allo Allo actress Vicki Michelle who played Yvette Carte-Blanche in the series posted a sweet tribute to the late Parkinson as she offered support for his grieving family.
“Oh No Wonderful Robin Parkinson has Passed. Fabulous as Monsieur Le Clerc and a truly lovely man. Was only thinking about him today. Such Brilliant memories. My heart goes out to his family. RIP Robin,” Michelle wrote.
Oh No Wonderful Robin Parkinson has Passed. Fabulous as Monsieur Le Clerc and a truly lovely man. Was only thinking about him today. Such Brilliant memories. My heart goes out to his family. RIP Robin #RobinParkinson #AlloAllo #MonsieurleClerc @mimilabonqu pic.twitter.com/b8SfINp1LL
— Vicki Michelle MBE ???? (@vickimichelle) May 10, 2022
Loyal fans of the actor took to Twitter to share touching tributes to the late actor as they celebrated his successful career and undeniable talent.
“Sad to hear that another #RisingDamp star has passed away- dear Robin Parkinson (Desmond in Moonlight & Roses). Sitcom legend. Received a lovely note from him in February,” one fan commented, attaching a hand-written letter Parkinson had written to them.
Sad to hear that another #RisingDamp star has passed away- dear Robin Parkinson (Desmond in Moonlight & Roses). Sitcom legend. Received a lovely note from him in February. @JamesAHogg2 pic.twitter.com/ihQqHcgnp0
— John Heffernan (@John_Heffernan1) May 10, 2022
“RIP to Robin Parkinson, Rigsby’s love rival to Miss Jones’s affection, the most poetic Librarian in 1970’s bedsitland,” another commented.
I genuinely think Allo Allo to be one of the greatest sitcoms (& along with Whatever Happened to the Likeky Lads) & always sad when one of the cast passes. Robin Parkinson played playing Monsieur Ernest Leclerc in the sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo! from series seven. pic.twitter.com/0XZMyNyQZr
— Michael Paley; (@PaleyPaley1) May 10, 2022
The Spoon family on Button Moon are in mourning tonight as the man who was their voice has passed away.
RIP Robin Parkinson
Christopher Robin Parkinson
25th October 1929 – 10th May 2022 pic.twitter.com/OcAuCFY7UH
— TVARK (@tvark) May 10, 2022
Parkinson was well known for his roles in a number of popular television series including Girls About Town (1931), The Many Wives Of Patrick (1976), The Young Ones (1982), Rising Damp (1974) and children’s television program Button Moon (1980), which he narrated.
The TV star began his acting career in the mid 1950s, making his film debut in 1963 when he played the role of the jeweller’s assistant in British comedy/drama film Billy Liar.