Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd Pack dies at the age of 69
18:02 16 January 2014
Norfolk-based actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who played Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, has died at the age of 69.
Great Trigger moments in Only Fools and Horses
• Trigger’s Broom
Trigger claims that he’s had his road sweeper’s broom for 20 years. But then he adds that the broom has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles.
“How can it be the same bloody broom then?” asks Sid the café owner. Trigger produces a picture of him and his broom and asks: “what more proof do you need?”
Rodney finally has it out with Trigger about why he calls him Dave.
Rodney: “Trig, why do you call me Dave? My name’s Rodney.”
Trigger: “Are you sure?”
Rodney: “I’ve looked it up on my passport and birth certificate and everything. It’s definitely Rodney.”
Trigger: “So what’s Dave? A nickname, like?”
• Trigger’s Date
Trigger finds himself a date by joining the local dating agency and decides to tell his date that he is a bus conductor rather than a road sweeper because he said he wanted “to add a bit of glamour.”
• When Del and Rodney burst into a party dressed as Batman and Robin only to find out the fancy dress had been cancelled, Trigger says he too didn’t know - even though he is just dressed in a suit and tie.
• Del falls through a bar
Trigger and Del are trying to impress ladies at a trendy wine bar and “playing it nice and cool,” when in a classic comedy moment Del falls through the bar. Oblivious to what has happened, Trigger asks why they are leaving and Del tells Trigger that he’s “cramping his style.”
Lloyd Pack, who lived near Fakenham, had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.
His agent, Maureen Vincent, said he “died at home surrounded by his family”.
Although best-known for playing the road-sweeper in Only Fools And Horses, Lloyd Pack appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including a regular role as farmer Owen Newitt in The Vicar Of Dibley.
Sir David Jason told of his “fondness” for his sitcom co-star and described him as a fine actor.
He said: “I was very saddened to hear of Roger’s passing. He was a very quiet, kind and unassuming actor who was a pleasure to work with.
“Although he played the simple soul of Trigger in Only Fools And Horses, he was a very intelligent man and a very fine actor capable of many roles. I shall remember him with fondness and for all the good times we had together.”
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Film star John Hurt said the news of Mr Lloyd Pack’s death was “shocking” and “completely unexpected”.
The Doctor Who star, who lives in north Norfolk, worked with Mr Lloyd Pack four times, most recently on the drama In Love With Alma Cogan - which was shot in and around Cromer Pier - and blockbuster, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Mr Hurt said: “He was terrific, he’s almost a talisman for me, I can’t do this unless Roger’s in it.
“If you worked with him, laughed with him and joked with him and had serious conversations with him, it’s of course a lament.”
Mr Hurt’s wife Anwen, who produced In Love With Alma Cogan, added: “Roger was a lot of fun, I enjoyed working with him. It’s just terribly sad. He was a lovely, lovely man and taken too young.”
Colleague John Challis, best known as Boycie in Only Fools, said: “I spoke to Roger two days ago. Roger said it was a bit awkward to talk at that particular moment. It is very sad and very distressing.
“My thoughts are with his family. He was a remarkable man and he’ll be missed. Roger is irreplaceable. It’s a very sorry day.”
Nicholas Lyndhurst - who played Rodney in the sitcom - also paid tribute to his former Only Fools and Horses co-star: “I’m so saddened to hear about Roger. He was the most accomplished actor and loved by millions. I will miss him greatly.”
Tessa Peake-Jones, who played Raquel in Only Fools and Horses, said: “Roger was an incredibly versatile actor but his understanding of the character Trigger was always filled with enormous humour whilst never straying from the truth. He was a very kind man and I will always remember him with admiration.”
Gwyneth Strong, who played Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses, said: “Today is a very sad day. I have lost a true friend and an incredibly gifted work colleague.”
Father Ted creator Graham Linehan was among those paying tribute online.
He said: “Very sad news about Roger Lloyd Pack. Trigger was an ancestor to Father Dougal and I’m glad I once had a chance to tell him so.”
Shane Allen, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning, said: “The nation bids a fond and sad farewell to one of the most popular television sitcom actors of his generation.
“Roger Lloyd-Pack enjoyed a long and successful career which spanned everything from the hugely iconic Trigger to roles in Shakespeare at The Globe.
“He will be greatly missed and his work will live on for many years to come. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”
Lord Sugar tweeted: “Sad news on the death of Fools and Horses actor Roger Lloyd-Pack (Trigger). One of my favourite TV characters. RIP”
Norwich comedian Karl Minns added: “RIP Roger Lloyd Pack: a brilliant comic actor. Lucky enough to work with him a few years back: a lovely fella.”
Cricket broadcaster Jonathan Agnew said: “Devastated to learn of death of Roger Lloyd-Pack. Good friend, loved cricket. Handled the constant ‘Alright Dave?’ brilliantly. Sad day. He used to learn his lines while watching cricket from the stands.”
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