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Minder and Zulu actor Glynn Edwards has died at the age of 87

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 07/06/2018 Rebecca Davison

Minder and Zulu actor Glynn Edwards has died aged 87.

According to The Sun, the actor passed away at home in Scotland on May 23 - although the cause of death has not yet been determined.

Born and raised in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Glynn was best known for his role as Dave 'the barman' Harris, the loveable owner of the Winchester Club in the iconic show.

Dennis Waterman et al. posing for the camera: Sad times: Minder and Zulu actor Glynn Edwards (right) has died at the age of 87 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sad times: Minder and Zulu actor Glynn Edwards (right) has died at the age of 87 Minder ran from 1979 and 1994, and focused around the exploits of Arthur Daley, who hires ex boxer Terry McCann, [Dennis Waterman] to be his 'minder'. 

However it was a role he almost didn't take on - until his agent persuaded him that it might come to something.

He previously told The Express: 'Playing Dave in Minder was my biggest TV role. Amazingly, it was just one day’s work initially, and seeing the script made me realise why: there was only a couple of lines to say. 

'My agent persuaded me to accept it, explaining that the part may grow and, of course, it did. One strange thing about the character is that he didn’t have a surname initially...

Glynn Edwards smiling for the camera: Iconic: Glynn was best known for his role as Dave 'the barman' Harris, on Minder © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Iconic: Glynn was best known for his role as Dave 'the barman' Harris, on Minder

I said to the director, "I can’t just sign as Dave; I need a surname." After much deliberation we chose Harris.' 

Glynn starred in over 100 episodes over 15 years and at its peak, the show was watched by 16million viewers.

He said he had 'fond' memories of his time on the show alongside Waterman and George Cole, [Arthur Daley].

a person standing in front of a store: A special time: Glynn starred in more than 100 episodes of Minder over 15 years and at its peak, the show was watched by 16million people © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A special time: Glynn starred in more than 100 episodes of Minder over 15 years and at its peak, the show was watched by 16million people He previously told The Scotsman: 'I can’t be anything other than fond in my recollections, can I, when it’s still part of my life after all these years? 

'Financially speaking anyway. It’s being screened three times a day seven days a week on satellite channels Paramount 1 and 2. And I get royalties.' 

In another interview, he said: Working with George Cole and Dennis Waterman was great fun. George was totally focused on the job. He’d come out of his caravan almost as Arthur Daley. 

'He didn’t want to get involved in funny stories, just to do the work and return to his caravan to complete a crossword. Both were brilliant and knew their business.

a man and a woman standing in a room: All the greats: Glynn starred alongside David Jason in Lucky Feller in 1975 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited All the greats: Glynn starred alongside David Jason in Lucky Feller in 1975 'When Minder ended in 1994, I more or less retired and haven’t done much since.'

Glynn was also famed for starring in Zulu alongside Michael Caine and alongside David Jason in Lucky Feller in 1975.

And of course, he played the very angry Mr Lewis in cult-hit Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, alongside Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice.

He told The Scotsman: 'Michael was a pleasure to work with. We’ve stayed in touch although it’s a year or more since I last heard from him, he’s so busy - a tremendous talent.' 

a person sitting on a table: Pucker up: Glynn enjoying a kiss in Down The Gate in 1975 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pucker up: Glynn enjoying a kiss in Down The Gate in 1975 Not to mention starring in an episode of Steptoe And Son as George in 1970.  

He was a regular on television commercials, once noting that they were more profitable than television shows. 

He said: 'I earned 10 times as much money from Bran Flakes as I did from the he whole of the movie of Zulu.' 

According to The Guardian, his hobby was boating, and he lived for several years on a houseboat on the Thames. 

a man wearing a red hat: Military: Glynn as Corporal Allen in iconic history movie Zulu in 1964 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Military: Glynn as Corporal Allen in iconic history movie Zulu in 1964 Edwards previously spoke about his start in life, telling The Telegraph: 'I was born in Malaya, where my father worked in the rubber industry. 

'When my mother died soon after my birth, I was shipped back to the UK to live with my grandparents in Portsmouth. By the time I started acting, I was in my twenties and working as an assistant manager at a country club in Trinidad.

'Eventually, I returned to England and spent a year and a half at drama school before running my own repertory company – partly because no acting jobs came my way.It was after joining Joan Littlewood’s famous Theatre Workshop that my career really began in earnest.'

a group of people standing in a room: Plum roles: An Argument taking place in the living room between Alan (Chris Strauli) and Cooper (Glynn), while Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) watches on © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Plum roles: An Argument taking place in the living room between Alan (Chris Strauli) and Cooper (Glynn), while Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) watches on Glynn retired in 1994 and settled in Spain with third wife Valerie Edwards, but flitted between there and Edinburgh.

He had moved back to the UK before he passed away. The couple had five children between them and had moved back to the UK before his death.   

In 1958 he married comedy actor Yootha Joyce, starring together in a play called Call Of The Flesh.

He told The Scotsman: 'We divorced in ’68 and Yootha became a big star in telly series like George and Mildred. She remained a divorcee and she died in 1980 aged 53. She was a lovely lady.' 

a man standing next to a woman: A comedy act: Glynn and Freddie Starr on the Freddie Starr Comedy Expression © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A comedy act: Glynn and Freddie Starr on the Freddie Starr Comedy Expression He went on to marry Benny Hill girl Christine Pilgrim, but they too, divorced. 

He continued: 'My second marriage, another ten-year association, was relatively uneventful and, I suppose, you could say that Val, who’s not in the profession, and I have put all that behind us. We are enjoying life, living in Spain with a house near Alicante. Val keeps me going.'

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