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'Allo 'Allo sitcom star mourned
Richard Marner
Actor Richard Marner appeared in films such as The African Queen
Actor Richard Marner, who played German officer Colonel Von Strohm in the BBC TV series 'Allo 'Allo, has died at the age of 82, his agent Lynda Ronan said.

Marner also appeared in several films including The African Queen, alongside Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, and the Bond film You Only Live Twice.

Marner, whose real name was Alexander Molchanoff, was born in Russia but came to the UK as a child.

He died in Scotland and leaves a wife, Pauline, a daughter and a grandchild.

Agent's tribute

Ms Ronan, who said Marner had appeared in every episode of 'Allo 'Allo, said: "His credits speak for themselves.

"He was one of the most charming, witty, humorous people you could hope to meet.

"He spoke four languages and could make a brilliant joke in all of them."

Marner launched his acting career after being invalided out of the RAF.

He spent several years touring England in theatre productions and first appeared in the West End at The Stoll in Robert Stolz's Rainbow Square.

Marner also appeared in the films Reach for the Sky, Oh Rosalinda, Miracle in Soho, Ice Cold in Alex and The Pass Word is Courage.


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