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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Frank Thornton - AKA Captain Peacock - has passed away

Found out some sad news yesterday: Frank Thornton, an amazing British actor who shone in every part he played but will forever be most remembered as the unflappable Captain Stephen Peacock on the BBC's legendary comedy series Are You Being Served?, has passed away at the age of 92.

(Does this mean that Peacock is now spending an eternity listening to Mrs. Slocombe prattling on about her pussy...?)

I know that 92 is a good run but still: Thornton made millions laugh during the very long run of Are You Being Served? (along with its sequel series Grace & Favour) and he will be sorely missed.  Of the original cast, only Nicholas Smith - who played Mr. Rumbold - is still with us.

Frank Thornton leaves behind his wife of 67 years.  I found that to be pretty dang remarkable in this day and age.

So in honoring his memory, as well as that of the rest of the wacky crew at Grace Brothers Department Store who have taken the elevator up, here is one of the many classic episodes of Are You Being Served? From March 13th 1975 it's "Up Captain Peacock"...


Staci Hall said...

He's free!

Funnies show ever! RIP Captain Peacock

Staci Hall said...

Scene with all the cast and Mrs. Slocombe phoning her neighbor about her pussy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZJqvtn8YdM

Lee Shelton said...

My wife (then girlfriend) and I saw him play the Major General in The Pirates of Penzance at the London Palladium in 1990 while on a college choir tour. That was before we knew who he was.