Monday, 23 July 2018

RIP Peter Blake

The details are sketchy but I received a text message from a friend earlier today to say that Peter Blake has passed away at the age of 69.

Blake was born in Selkirk, Scotland in 1948 and had a career in TV, film, theatre and music dating back to the mid '60s. An impressive career on the stage included roles in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Show and several pantomimes, including three years as Captain Hook in Peter Pan in the mid 00s. His most famous role however is undoubtedly that of the medallion man fantasist Kirk St. Moritz in John Sullivan's classic '80s sitcom Dear John. It was a role that perhaps owed a debt to the Fonz type character he played in a string of adverts for Pepsi which ultimately led to a number 40 chart hit in 1977 for him with the track Lipsmackin' Rock n Rollin'

On film he starred in the sex comedy Intimate Games in 1976, and Panic, an effective short chiller from 1978. Other TV roles included the DJ Andy Evol in Agony, Richard Briers' smarmy work colleague Rex Tynan in Ever Decreasing Circles, Michael Vincent in Penmarric and Pretty Billy Binns in Trevor Preston's Out. He would go on to provide the score for Preston's follow up series Fox, and had guest roles in a string of popular British TV productions including Shoestring, Minder, Z Cars, A Very Peculiar Practice, Just Good Friends, Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV, The New Statesman, Taggart and Jonathan Creek. In 2010, Blake starred in several episodes of EastEnders as Ken Tate and his last on screen credit came in the 2012 film Run For Your Wife

As I say details are sketchy just now but his wikipedia has been updated to note that he passed away sometimes this month.



  1. Very sad. He always gave a memorable performance.

  2. Great actor.

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