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Old 02-01-2019, 01:51 PM   #1
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Actor Clive Swift has died aged 82.

The star was best known for playing Hyacinth Bucket’s long-suffering husband Richard in the classic sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.

He played the role opposite Dame Patricia Routledge from 1990 to 1995, and appeared in 42 episodes of the show.

A representative for the actor confirmed to Standard Online: "After a short illness Clive died peacefully at home this morning surrounded by his family."

Born in Liverpool in 1936, he read English literature at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he participated in student theatre along with the likes of Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen and the novelist Margaret Drabble, who he married in 1960.

Before finding success on the small screen, he was a respected theatre star as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and earned plaudits for his turns in Cymbeline, All's Well That Ends Well and the history plays.

His other credits included parts in adaptations of The Barcester Chronicles and The Pickwick Papers, the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special and the series Born and Bred, Peak Practice and The Old Guys. He took the role of Sir Ector, the adoptive father of King Arthur in the 1981 film Excalibur.

Swift was married to Drabble from 1960 to 1975, and was father to Rebecca (who died in April 2017), Adam, an academic at University College London, and Joe Swift, a TV gardener.
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Old Richard Bucket is finally getting some peace from Hyacinth...

So long, Clive... you will be dearly, dearly missed...
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I loved that show. R.I.P.
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Who would guessed that he was that much younger than her?
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Who would guessed that he was that much younger than her?
Yes he didn't look seven years her junior. He also had a very impressive education. An understated character.
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"Mind the pavement Richard."
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Poor Richard. He shall be missed and remembered for the joy he brought as long-suffering Richard Bucket.
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Clive Swift was so good as Richard. When he found out he was going to have to take early retirement no one could have played it better than Clive. Keeping Up Appearances is my favorite Britcom and Clive was a big reason for that. RIP. Great actor.
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FYI his brother was David Swift who played Henry Davenport on "Drop the Dead Donkey".
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This is one of my favorite comedies -- not just Britcoms.

The cast was wonderful -- Clive Swift was perfect.

Rest In Peace.
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Cool Clive Was More Than Richard, he was Old Guy 1

Clive Swift was also very funny in the more recent sitcom, OLD GUYS. It featured him and another old guy who both moved in together to keep costs down. They both had a crush on the still attractive Jane Asher, she of Beatle girlfriend fame. I forget whether she was original John or Paul's gal. (Maybe both.) Anyway my local PBS station played it once and only once but luckily I caught it and recorded and I've been watching it again for the past several weeks. Funny show though sometimes it gets sickeningly PC.
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