'Harry Potter' star Eric Sykes dies at 89
Posted July 5, 2012
British comedy actor and writer Eric Sykes died Wednesday. He was 89.
Manager Norma Farnes said that Sykes died following a brief illness and was with his family when he died, reports AP.
Sykes began his career writing scripts for BBC shows, co-writing 24 episodes of the classic radio comedy The Goon Show with the late Spike Milligan. He went on to write and act in theater shows and movies, including an appearance in The Others starring Nicole Kidman and in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He played Frank Bryce, gardener of Riddle House.
TV star and former Monty Python member Michael Palin said Sykes was "one of the nicest, most decent men in the business and one of a kind."
Sykes was survived by his wife, Eith Eleanore Milbrandt, and his four children.
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