Gorden Kaye, who was best known for playing Rene Artois in ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died aged 75.

The actor’s former agency confirmed he died at a care home on Monday morning.

Kaye famously played cafe owner Rene Artois on the long running BBC show, which was based around resistance fighters in World War Two in German-occupied France, and featured his famous catchphrase…

He appeared in all 84 episodes of the sitcom, as well as a stage version.

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Vicki Michelle, who co-starred as waitress Yvette, praised Kaye as a “brilliantly talented actor, consummate professional, loved the world over”.

In 1990 Kaye was critically injured during a severe storm.

Strong winds sent an advertising board through his car windscreen, which left him with severe head injuries.

His last TV role was in a one-off reunion special of ‘Allo ‘Allo! in 2007.

Controller of BBC comedy commissioning Shane Allen, said:

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“Gorden Kaye was a terrific comic actor whose signature role, Rene Artois, earned his place in the comedy hall of fame,”  

“He was instrumental in making ‘Allo ‘Allo! such a long running and well-loved series. His work lives on and thoughts are with friends and loved ones at this sad time.”

BBC