Only Fools and Horses actor Ron Pember dies aged 87 | Television
Ron Pember, who starred in Only Fools and Horses, has died aged 87.
The actor played Baz in the critically acclaimed sitcom and also starred in the BBC comedy Red Dwarf and starred in the 1970s BBC drama Secret Army.
The news of Pember’s death appears to have been confirmed by his grandson Paul Pember, who said on Twitter: “Sadness now is happiness then. That’s the deal.
The official Only Fools and Horses Twitter page tweeted on Thursday: “We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Ron Pember who played Baz in the series three episode Homesick. Our thoughts and warm wishes go out to his family. and to his friends.
Other tributes have been seen on social media in memory of Pember. Morris Bright, the chairman of Elstree Studios, responding to Paul Pember’s post, said: “Sad for your loss. Your grandfather Ron Pember was also a staple on the small screen with film appearances for 30 years.
“I grew up seeing Ron as a nice crook in favorite drama Rumpole of the Bailey and many roles in Crown Court. He was born to play somewhat shady roles.
Danny John-Jules, one of the stars of Red Dwarf, tweeted: “Just heard the sad news of Ron Pember’s passing. He was such a gentleman to us when he appeared on #RedDwarf. He has just pressed his tongue firmly into his cheek and joined the party! What a legend. RIP.”
Writer Danny Kelly also paid tribute, saying: “RIP Ron Pember, actor in all the TV shows of the 70s and 80s. And, most importantly, Alain in Britain’s biggest drama series, Secret Army. along the line’, Ron.
Pember was born in Essex in 1934 and served in the Royal Air Force before embarking on an artistic career. Besides being an actor, he has also worked as a playwright and composer. In 1974 he co-wrote and composed a musical called Jack the Ripper, which took place in Covent Garden, London.
Pember retired in 1992 after a stroke and has since lived in Southend-on-Sea.