Veteran UK actor George Cole, best known for Minder, has died aged 90.
His agent said he died in hospital following a short illness, surrounded by his family.
Cole played Cockney wheeler dealer Arthur Daley opposite Dennis Waterman’s Terry McCann, from 1979 to 1994.
Waterman said he had “the privilege of spending Tuesday afternoon with him and Penny and, although very frail, his wit was as evident as ever”.
“I am so sad to hear of George’s death. His family must be devastated, and I am absolutely certain that anybody who ever knew him, will feel the same.
“I’m so grateful to have been a friend of this wonderful man. We worked together for many years and my boast is that we laughed all day every day.
“He was an amazing man, a wonderful actor and besotted with his family. Farewell old friend.”
Cole also played Flash Harry in four St Trinian’s films between 1954-66, starring alongside Terry Thomas, Joyce Grenfell and Sid James.
Other TV credits included Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, New Tricks, The Sweeney, Dial M for Murder,
He also starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra, and gothic horror The Vampire Lovers.
He received an OBE in 1992.