1:03 pm - 01/16/2014

Roger Lloyd-Pack, star of Only Fools and Horses, dies aged 69

Roger Lloyd-Pack, the British actor known to millions as slow-witted roadsweeper Trigger in BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, has died aged 69.

Well-known for his rubbery face and lugubrious delivery, he also appeared as Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley.

Born in Islington, north London in 1944, he was the son of Hammer horror actor Charles Lloyd-Pack and the father of actress Emily Lloyd.

His agent confirmed he died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday night.

A versatile character actor who was at home with both comedy and drama, Lloyd-Pack studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) before making his stage debut in Northampton.

After appearances in The Avengers and other TV shows, his screen debut came in 1968 when he played a small part in The Magus.

His breakthrough came in 1981 when he was cast as Colin "Trigger" Ball, the dim but amiable roadsweeper who always called Nicholas Lyndhurst's Rodney character "Dave".

"If it's a girl they're calling her Sigourney after an actress," he said of Del Boy's child-to-be. "And if it's a boy they're naming him Rodney, after Dave."

Lloyd-Pack would go on to call the role "both a blessing and a curse" and express bemusement about his popularity with audiences.

'It's extraordinary to me as an actor to find oneself in a sitcom that's been successful and goes on being successful," he said. "I can't go anywhere without anyone going on about it."

A committed socialist, he campaigned for nuclear disarmament and was a supporter of Left Unity, a recently formed "radical political party of the left".

John Challis, who appeared as Boycie in Only Fools, said the news was "very sad and very distressing" and that Lloyd-Pack was "irreplaceable".

"My thoughts are with his family," said the actor. "He was a remarkable man and he'll be missed."

Father Ted creator Graham Linehan was among others to pay tribute, saying it was "very sad news".

"Trigger was an ancestor to Father Dougal and I'm glad I once had a chance to tell him so," he said on Twitter.

James Corden called him an "incredible actor and person", while Lord Sugar tweeted that Trigger had been "one of my favourite characters".

His death was also marked by CND, who marked his death by posting a picture of the actor campaigning against Trident.

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coconut 16th-Jan-2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
RIP :[
xdecadentx 16th-Jan-2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
I loved him as Owen

prochronism 16th-Jan-2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
Aw man, this perfect show. :(
xdecadentx 16th-Jan-2014 01:13 pm (UTC)
I love this show so much. I can watch it in just about any mood.

Richard Armitage being in The Hobbit seems to have led to a lot of people watching it recently.
alexlover14 16th-Jan-2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
This show was so brilliant, I can always watch its re-runs.
encyclopedicace 16th-Jan-2014 01:20 pm (UTC)
Me too. I need to go watch some re-runs now.
fantaesticbaby 16th-Jan-2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
loved this show sfm
kol123 16th-Jan-2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
Indeed :( growing up watching it, this show was the first thing I thought of when I heard the news. I've been watching re-runs a lot recently coincidentally. He was wonderful.
pastelstar 16th-Jan-2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
Me too :(
beesknees7 16th-Jan-2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
aww, man, it'll be so strange not seeing owen if they make any more follow up specials :(
she_who_dares 16th-Jan-2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
Me too. His performances as Owen were just perfect - you can't imagine anyone else at all in the role.
eomir 17th-Jan-2014 02:37 am (UTC)
Me too. I finally got the whole series set on DVD for Christmas. Love this show!
prochronism 16th-Jan-2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
Sounds like he was a great person.

Pancreatic cancer is awful.
who_love 16th-Jan-2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
RIP Trigger/Barty Crouch Sr :(
struckbyh3arts 16th-Jan-2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
Adored him as Trigger. Rest in peace :(
mmbien 16th-Jan-2014 01:21 pm (UTC)
RIP Trig <3
bringvodka 16th-Jan-2014 01:21 pm (UTC)
RIP :(
austin_mahone 16th-Jan-2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
bulastar 16th-Jan-2014 01:26 pm (UTC)
aaw, my dad is going to be bummed :(
kanimaki 16th-Jan-2014 01:27 pm (UTC)
3rd HP actor now :(
fantaesticbaby 16th-Jan-2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
RIP :(
identified_x 16th-Jan-2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
RIP Trigger :'(
iantoj 16th-Jan-2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
I just bought the complete Only Fools and Horses when I was in London last week. :( RIP Trig.

xdecadentx 16th-Jan-2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
Weren't they apparently shooting another episode soon too?
iantoj 16th-Jan-2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah they are doing a sketch for Sport Relief, I believe. Not sure if he would be in it if they knew he was ill :(
solsty 16th-Jan-2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
RIP. He was hilarious in OFAH.
o_teu_chule 16th-Jan-2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
RIP :(
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