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Nicholas Smith (1934 - 2015)

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Nicholas Smith (1934 - 2015)

Nicholas Smith, an English actor who was the last-surviving original cast member of "Are You Being Served?" – a long-running British television sitcom – has died. He was 81.

Smith died Sunday. The death was announced by his agents at Michelle Braidman Associates.

"It is with great sadness we can confirm that our client, the actor Nicholas Smith, passed away yesterday," the firm said Monday in a news release.

No cause of death was announced, but the BBC reported that Smith had been hospitalized for seven weeks after falling at his home.


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Smith, who was born March 5, 1934, in Banstead, England, played Mr. Rumbold, the manager of the Grace Brothers department store, in "Are You Being Served?" The show ran from 1972 to 1985. After that, he appeared in the 1977 spinoff film as well as "Grace & Favour," the sequel to the sitcom.

Smith's dozens of television credits include the series "A Tale of Two Cities," "Doctor Who," "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" and "The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre." He also played an actor in the Mel Brooks-directed film "The Twelve Chairs."

He is survived by his daughter, the actress Catherine Russell, who tweeted the news about her father's death along with a link to a YouTube video of Smith recently playing a piano tune, which she said was one of "his own compositions."

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