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Friday, 22 February, 2002, 05:02 GMT
Picture gallery: John Thaw
Actor John Thaw, one of the best-loved figures on British television, has died aged 60.

During his illustrious career he moved effortlessly from playing a detective on the cult series The Sweeney to playing Inspector Morse.

John Thaw at the British Academy Television Awards
John Thaw was awarded a Bafta fellowship last year for his outstanding contribution to British television

John Thaw (left) and co-star Dennis Waterman in the Thames TVs series The Sweeney
John Thaw became a household name in the 1970s cult series The Sweeney

John Thaw and Dennis Waterman in The Sweeney
John Thaw played Detective Inspector Jack Regan

Kevin Whatlely as Lewis and John Thaw as Inspector Morse
Thaw was perhaps best known for his role as the Oxford-based Inspector Morse - a part he played for 13 years

John Thaw with Morse creator Colin Dexter
Thaw's portrayal of the world-weary Inspector Morse won him three Bafta awards

John Thaw as Inspector Morse
The actor won most popular television actor two years running in 1999 and 1998 in the National Television Awards

Morse, Lewis and that classic red Jaguar
A total of 13 million people tuned in to see the last episode of Inspector Morse

John Thaw as Kavanagh QC
The star had been planning to film more episodes of the ITV drama Kavanagh QC in the Spring

John Thaw with co-star Sarah Lancashire
Thaw starred in the ITV drama The Glass with co-star Sarah Lancashire

John Thaw and Sheila Hancock
Thaw's wife, actress Sheila Hancock, herself fought back from breast cancer 13 years ago

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Thaw's double TV victory
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