UK born actor Bert Kwouk, best known for The Pink Panther films and Last of the Summer Wine, has died aged 85.
“Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away. The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date,” a statement from his agent said.
He appeared in seven Pink Panther films opposite Peter Sellers as Clouseau’s servant who regularly attacked his employer to keep him alert.
His double act with Sellers was hugely popular with fans and he continued in the role of Cato after Sellers died in 1980, appearing opposite Roger Moore and Roberto Benigni when they took on the role of the bumbling French detective.
Kwouk said he never expected the part to continue for such a long time, starring in his first Pink Panther film in 1974 and the last in 1992.
“They were always a lot of fun because after a while I got to know Cato quite well and I liked Cato because he never argued with me and he never borrowed money from me. I liked playing Cato quite a lot,” he told the BBC in 2011.
He also appeared in three James Bond films including Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.
He joined long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine as electrician Entwistle – a part that was written with him in mind.
Other TV credits included Spirit Warriors, Honest, Low Winter Sun, Silent Witness, The Bill, Judge John Deed, Banzai, Space Precinct, Noble House, Howard’s Wa, Hart to Hart, Doctor Who, Minder, Robin’s Nest, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, The Tomorrow People, Callan, The Avengers, Tenko and The Kenny Everett Television Show .