‘The Sweeney’ star Dennis Waterman dies, age 74

May 09, 2022
British actor Dennis Waterman dies, age 74. Source: Getty

Iconic cockney actor Dennis Waterman, star of British shows New Tricks, The Sweeney and Minder, has passed away, age 74.

Waterman specialised in portraying law enforcement figures and rose to fame in the ’70s with his role as Detective Sergeant George Carter in The Sweeney and retired police officer solving unsolved crimes, Gerry Standing, in New Tricks, 2003. Waterman’s favourite role throughout his career was bodyguard Terry McCann in the comedy-drama series Minder, 1979.

The beloved star’s family released a statement announcing his passing on Sunday, May 8.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully in hospital in Spain, on Sunday afternoon, with [his wife] Pam by his side. The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time,” the statement read.

Waterman was born in London in 1948 and began his acting pursuits at the young age of 12 when he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Waterman’s broad acting career included stints in theatre, in popular roles such as Alfred Doolittle in a Royal National Theatre production of My Fair Lady.

Colleagues of Waterman and fans of the star shared their condolences over his passing on social media.

He married four times throughout his life, his first union with Penny Dixon lasted nine years before he married actress Patricia Maynard. Maynard and Waterman had two children in their decade long relationship, Hannah and Julia.

Waterman went on to marry Rula Lenska, staying together for 12 years before his eventual marriage to Pam Flint in 2011.

As well as his acting credits, Waterman had a successful singing career, releasing three albums in the 1970s and ’80s, including singing the theme songs for many of his shows.

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