Sam Kelly (19th December 1943 - 14th June 2014) was born in Manchester, although he was raised in Liverpool. After three years as a civil servant, he decided upon a change of profession and trained as an actor at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts from 1964 to 1967. He subsequently enjoyed a long career on screen, stage and radio, specialising in comedy roles. Perhaps best known to the public for the role of Captain Hans Geering in the initial years of the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, he is also well-remembered for the regular roles of Bunny Warren in Porridge, Sam in On the Up opposite Dennis Waterman, and Ted Liversidge in the ITV sitcom Barbara, alongside Gwen Taylor, Madge Hindle and Sherrie Hewson from 1995 to 2003.

On Coronation Street he played two parts: in February and March 1975 he played wine waiter and hospital patient Ronnie Barnes, while in August and November 1983 he returned to the programme as decorator Bob Challis.

Other TV roles included: The Liver Birds, Rentaghost, The Two Ronnies, The Dick Emery Show, Boys From the Blackstuff, Bleak House, Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV, Home to Roost, Inspector Morse, Haggard, Martin Chuzzlewit, Cold Feet, Black Books, Midsomer Murders, New Tricks, Magic Grandad, My Family and Agatha Christie's Poirot.

On film he featured in Carry On Dick, Carry On Behind, Porridge and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang among others.

He worked extensively with acclaimed director Mike Leigh: on television in Grown-Ups, films including Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing and Mr Turner, and in theatre in Grief.

His final role was the Wizard in Wicked - The Musical in London's West End. He withdrew from the production due to illness in January 2014 and died on 14th June.

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Wikipedia page on Sam Kelly

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