News of yet another sad passing has just reached me; actor, comedian and singer Lance Percival has died aged 81 following a long illness.
Percival shot to fame in the early 60s thanks to the satire boom, performing calypso's and sketches on David Frost's That Was The Week That Was before appearing in sitcoms like Citizen James alongside Sid James, his own show Lance at Large and light entertainment and panel shows like Who Do You Do? You Must Be Joking and Whodunnit!. He lent his voice to the film of Yellow Submarine playing Paul McCartney and appeared in several other films including comedies like Twice Round The Daffodils, Carry On Cruising, The Big Job, On The Fiddle, There's a Girl In My Spup. Up Pompeii and Up The Chastity Belt, but he was also a noted dramatic actor too, starring in the Michael Caine war epic Too Late The Hero and the Burton/Taylor film The VIPs as well as the musical Darling Lili opposite Rock Hudson and Julie Andrews. He also appeared as one of the Radio West DJ's in the BBC crime drama Shoestring.
A noted speed demon, Percival found himself involved in a tragedy in 1970 that almost lost him his eye and caused the death of one man when, during a high speed race on a dangerous stretch of highway near Brands Hatch, he crashed his Jaguar XJ. Percival was summoned to court and agreed to pay substantial damages for his fatal cavalier actions.