Robert Fyfe: Last of the Summer Wine actor dies at 90

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Juliette Kaplan and Robert Fyfe in Last of the Summer Wine
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Robert Fyfe as Howard with wife Pearl, played by Juliette Kaplan

Actor Robert Fyfe, best known for playing Howard in sitcom Last of the Summer Wine for 25 years, has died at the age of 90.

Fyfe joined the long-running BBC show in 1985 and remained until its final episode in 2010.

Howard Sibshaw was Pearl's henpecked husband who was always trying to hide his passionate affair with Marina.

Fyfe's manager Maxine Hoffman said the Scottish actor was "the most delightful client anyone could wish for".

He was "a truly talented and versatile actor and much loved by everyone he worked with", she added.

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Howard was continually sneaking off to be with Marina, played by Jean Fergusson

Fyfe appeared in the first episode of Dr Finlay's Casebook in 1962 and was also seen in Coronation Street, Z Cars, Angels, The Onedin Line, Survivors, The Gentle Touch and Monarch of the Glen.

His film credits included The 51st State, Cloud Atlas and Babel.

His wife Diana died a few weeks before him, leaving sons Timothy, Nicholas and Dominic.

Juliette Kaplan, who played Pearl, and Jean Fergusson, who played Marina, both died in 2019.

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