The actor, who also had roles in Duty Free and Where the Heart Is, died after a short illness.
His agent confirmed his death, saying in a statement: “He had a long and varied career which included The Nigel Barton Plays by Dennis Potter of which he was immensely proud, a Hollywood film The Land That Time Forgot, the television series Take Me Home, written by Tony Marchant and three series of Duty Free, the Yorkshire Television classic sitcom written by Eric Chappell in which he played David Pearce.”
Keith is survived by his wife Mary and son Jamie, who is also an actor.
The Yorkshire-born star hit the small screen back in the early 1960s as Detective Sergeant Swift in The Odd Man and its spin-off It’s Dark Outside.
He went on to play Nigel Barton in BBC One’s The Wednesday Play anthology series which is generally considered his major breakthrough.
After enjoying a career in television throughout the years, Keith landed a role on Coronation Street 10 years ago.
He played George Trench, and first appeared at the funeral of his ex-wife, Angela Hawthorne (Diane Fletcher).
Keith’s loveable character became good friends with Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) and the pair both competed for Doreen Fenwick’s (Barbara Young) hand in marriage.
His last role came from Being Eileen in February 2013 where he played the eponymous character’s (Sue Johnston) love interest, Maurice.
Published at Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:33:00 +0000