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Actor best known for playing René in the TV comedy series ’Allo ’Allo!
The comic actor Gorden Kaye, who has died aged 75, was best known for his long-running role as René Artois in the BBC series ’Allo ’Allo! Among the memories Kaye leaves us with is René’s version of Serge Gainsbourg’s 1960s hit Je T’Aime ... Moi Non Plus. In a broom cupboard in a provincial cafe in Nazi-occupied France, René, the hapless, stereotypically amorous French patron, is trying to get inside the blouse of one of his waitresses. They pant, pastiching Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. “Je t’aime,” breathes the Chigwell-born actor Vicki Michelle, as Yvette. “Say it in French,” replies Huddersfield-born Kaye. “I love you,” says Yvette. There’s a sound of rummaging before Yvette coos: “I nevair even touched you.” “It’s the ’andle of the vacuum cleanair,” replies René.
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- Stuart Jeffries
The BBC is reporting that BAFTA-nominated British actor Gorden Kaye – best known for his role as cafe owner Rene Artois on the beloved sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo! – has passed away today aged 75.
Kaye began his career in the late 1960s, appearing in guest roles in shows such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale, as well as David Croft’s It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and Come Back Mrs Noah, which ultimately led to Croft inviting him to portray the lead role in ‘Allo ‘Allo!.
The World War II sitcom launching in 1982, with Kaye appearing as Rene – ‘Hero of the Resistance’ – in all 84 episodes through to 1992. He also featured in over 1200 live performances of the stage play, as well as reprising the role in 2007 for the one-off revival The Return of ‘Allo ‘Allo!. »
- Gary Collinson
Louisa Mellor Jan 23, 2017
Some sad news: Gorden Kaye, the actor much-loved for his role in BBC comedy 'Allo 'Allo!, has passed away.
We're sorry to pass on the sad news that Gorden Kaye, an actor whose lead role in David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd's BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo! made him widely recognised and much-loved, passed away earlier this morning.
Kaye's former agency made the announcement today to the BBC that Kaye had died at a care home at the age of seventy-five.
As Rene Artois, cafe owner and political chess piece used by the invading Germans, the British and the French Resistance in Croft and Lloyd's classic comedy, Kaye gave us a decade's worth of laughs between 1982 and 1992. And, thanks to repeats and his reprisal of the role in the BBC's 2007 reunion, many more years besides.
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