Harry Landis dead at 90: Friday Night Dinner star dies
Friday Night Dinner star Harry Landis has died aged 90.
The London-born actor and director, most recently known for playing Mr Morris on the Channel 4 sitcom, died on Monday.
His death was announced by his agent at Sharry Clark Artists, who wrote on Facebook Monday in a heartfelt post: “Sad news.” Our lovely client Harry Landis came to mind.
“Harry had an incredible career and gained a new audience later in his life as Mr Morris on Friday Night Dinner. It was a privilege to have worked with him as a client. miss. RIP.’
Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman, who appeared on Friday Night Dinner between 2011 and 2020, led tributes to the actor on Twitter.
Rest in peace: Friday Night Dinner star Harry Landis has died aged 90 (actor pictured in 2003)
In addition to Tracy, a plethora of fans took to Twitter to share their anger over the legendary actor’s passing.
One wrote: ‘RIP Harry Landis. If you haven’t watched Friday Night Dinner, you should do so immediately.
A second shared: ‘RIP to absolute punk rocker Harry Landis. Which boy.
“Remembering Harry Landis today, who sadly passed away at the age of 91. Mr Morris was a bleeding madman,” another shared.
A fourth wrote: “RIP Harry Landis, a really great actor.”
So sad: The London-born actor and director, most recently known for playing Mr Morris on the Channel 4 sitcom, died on Monday (pictured with co-star Frances Cuka)
TV star: Harry gained a whole region of new followers thanks to his role as Mr Morris in Friday Night Diner, a role he played from 2012 to 2014
Announcement: His death was announced by his agent at Sharry Clark Artists, who wrote on Facebook Monday: “Sad news. Our lovely client Harry Landis came to mind
A fifth said: “RIP Harry you were an incredibly gifted actor and you will be sorely missed, sleep tight.”
With another addition: ‘Victé. RIP Harry Landis aka Mr Morris from Friday night dinner. You made my whole family scream and cry with laughter during lockdown. The best antidote to confinement.’
As well as sharing a clip of him, she wrote: ‘Bloody loved #HarryLandis. I am so sorry to learn of his passing.
Harry gained a whole region of new followers thanks to his role as Grandma’s new boyfriend Mr Morris on Friday Night Diner, a role he played from 2012 to 2014.
Heartbreaking: After his death, Tracy-Ann Oberman, who appeared on Friday Night Dinner between 2011 and 2020, paid tribute to him on Twitter
The thespian also had a starring A Hill role in Korea as a conscript, while he appeared as Felix Kawalski in EastEnders.
Harry worked in a cafe before his love of theater became prominent at the age of 15 when he worked in a factory, where he spent his time re-enacting plays he had watched at the Hackney Empire.
He was encouraged to go to the Unity Theater by a shop steward, with Harry passing an audition to work there.
After a stint in military service, Harry returned to the Unity Theater and later won a scholarship from London County Council at the age of 20, so he could study at drama school.
Tribute: In addition to Tracey, a plethora of fans took to Twitter to share their shock at the legendary actor’s passing
He attended the Central School of Speech & Drama for three years.
His first TV appearance was in 1955 when he starred in the pilot episode of Dixon of Dock Green.
He then appeared in several episodes as well as the final episode 25 years later.
Other film roles for the star, who has lived in Hammersmith for over 40 years, included Ransom, The Informers, Private Potter, Dunkirk, Bitter Victory and Operation Bullshine.
Harry’s career has also taken him to the theatre, where over the years he has had stage roles in The Kitchen, Journey’s End and A Winter Tale, while as a director he has taken on a production of Death Of A Salesman.
Harry has directed productions at the Unity Theater
During his long career spanning over six decades, Harry has made guest appearances on Casualty, Doctors, Holby City and Goodnight Sweetheart.
On-screen: The comedian also starred A Hill in Korea as a conscript, while he appeared as Felix Kawalski in EastEnders (pictured)