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Actor who played Bodie in hit ITV series of 70s and 80s had been suffering from cancer
His agent said Collins died peacefully in his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday surrounded by his family, and asked for privacy during "this very sad time".
The Professionals was a major hit on ITV from 1977 to 1983 due to its action-packed plots and memorable theme tune. The show thrust Collins and co-star Martin Shaw, who played Doyle, to stardom as a crime-fighting duo.
The pair worked as agents of a fictional unit called CI5, an amalgam of MI5 and the Cid, targeting major league criminals from international drug dealers to terrorists.
Shaw, appearing in a West End production of Twelve Angry Men, said: "I was very sad to »
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Actor Lewis Collins has died, aged 67.
The actor was perhaps best known for playing Bodie in the 1970's TV drama alongside Martin Shaw.
His agent said: "He died peacefully at his La home surrounded by his family. Privacy is asked for at this very sad time."
The Professionals centred around the cases of the fictional crime fighting unit named CI5.
The ITV programme was ratings success in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Collins auditioned for the role of James Bond in 1982, but was reportedly thought "too aggressive" for the part.
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