John Challis, best known for playing Boycie in Only Fools and Horses has died at the age of 79 after a long battle with cancer
Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis has died “peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer”.
The star, who was best known for playing Terrance ‘Boycie’ Boyce in the sitcom, was 79.
His family shared the sad news of his death.
John will also be remembered for his roles in Only Fools spin-off The Green Green Grass and Benidorm.
He began his TV career in 1967, starring in the likes of The Newcomers and Z-Cars.
Over the years, he also appeared in Coronation Street, The Sweeney, Doctor Who, Open All Hours and countless other shows.
He starred in a few movies in his time too, most recently in Dream and Subterrain in 2001.
John’s family said in a statement: “It is with heavy hearts that we bring you such sad news.
“Our dear friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer.
“He will always be loved for being ‘Boycie’ and leaves a great legacy of work that will continue to bring pleasure and smiles for many years to come.
“Please respect the privacy of John’s family and friends at this difficult time, and be assured that in the future there will be an occasion to celebrate John’s life – when everyone will be welcome to come along.”
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