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Griff Rhys Jones talks about his shock at the news of his former comedy partner's death from a heart attack at home
Mel Smith, the British comedian, writer, actor, producer and film director, known for his long and popular television partnership with Griff Rhys Jones, died on Friday at the age of 60. He suffered a heart attack at his London home.
Smith's deadpan style, along with his lugubrious manner and large build, quickly established him as one of the country's favourite television performers in the early 1980s.
Jones, his friend for 35 years, said he had lost "a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit" and that he was in a state of shock. "I still can't believe this has happened. To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. He had a relish for it that seemed utterly inexhaustible.
"He inspired love and utter loyalty »
- Vanessa Thorpe
British comedy favourite Mel Smith passed away yesterday after suffering a heart attack aged 60, his agent has revealed via a statement. The comedian, actor, writer and director was best known for his work on the sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, which saw him starring alongside his long-time comedy partner Griff Rhys Jones. The duo also formed Talkback Productions in 1981, with the production company going to produce a number of popular British comedy shows, including I'm Alan Partridge, Smack the Pony, Da Ali G Show and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
As well as appearing in several movies including Morons from Outer Space (which co-wrote with Jones) and The Princess Bride, Smith also directed several films, beginning in 1989 with his feature film debut, the romantic comedy The Tall Guy, penned by Not the Nine O'Clock News writer Richard Curtis; the pair would reunite with another »
- Flickering Myth
News Den Of Geek 20 Jul 2013 - 14:44
The writer, actor and director Mel Smith has died at the age of 60.
Some really sad news to report. The actor, writer and director Mel Smith has died, at the age of 60. The news has now been officially confirmed by the BBC. A heart attack is believed to be the cause of his death.
Smith sprung to fame in the groundbreaking and hugely influential Not The Nine O'Clock News, and then he joined up with Griff Rhys-Jones for a long running and fruitful partnership, the highlight of which being Alas Smith And Jones. The pair's monologues were so popular, they even become part and parcel of the annual build up to the F.A. Cup Final. They also joined together for the movie of Tom Sharpe's Wilt.
Smith co-wrote and starred in the movie Morons From Outer Space too, and he made »
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