Veteran Comedian John Fortune Dies Aged 74
Comedian John Fortune, who was best known for the series Bremner, Bird And Fortune, has died aged 74.
The veteran satirist's agent, Vivienne Clore, said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that I write of the death of John Fortune this morning aged 74.
"He died peacefully with his wife Emma and dog Grizelle at his bedside.
"A renowned satirist, early work included contributions to Peter Cook's Establishment club and more latterly his work with long term collaborator, John Bird and Rory Bremner.
"He is survived by his adored wife, Emma and three children."
Bremner tweeted: "I'm so sorry to let you know that my friend John Fortune died this morning.
"Lovely man, dear friend, brilliant & fearless satirist."
Fortune enjoyed a long working relationship with Bird, appearing together in A Series Of Bird's in 1967, The Long Johns in 1995 and in Bremner, Bird And Fortune between 1999 and 2007.
The duo were particularly adept at playing self-satisfied, but bumbling establishment figures such as politicians, bankers and military officers.
Fortune was also a popular character actor in feature films such as Match Point, The Tailor Of Panama and Calendar Girls.
Other TV roles included parts in New Tricks, Yes Minister and Murder Most Horrid.
John Challis, best known for his role as Boycie in Only Fools And Horses, tweeted: "So sad to hear that John Fortune has died.
"I played henchman to his chief villain in Cat's Eyes and we laughed a lot. Another goodun gone."
And Stephen Fry tweeted: "Oh how sad John Fortune has died. He was in the first play I was ever in, 40 Years On. Huge influence on the satire boom. Loved parrots too."
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