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Friday, November 29, 2013


Professional: Lewis Collins as tough guy Bodie in the 1970s show EXCLUSIVE: Former British TV star of Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chris Capstick/REX (69104e) Lewis Collins 'The Professionals' TV Programme - 1978  
 67-year-old Lewis Collins has passed on.  He died in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday after a five-year battle with cancer.

Born in Birkenhead, Wirral, Collins started out as a hairdresser before he started playing drums and guitar in pop groups, and had a number of other jobs before he decided to become an actor.
After training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and performing on numerous theatre tours, he won the role that would make him famous in 1977, continuing until the series ended in 1981.

In 1982 he auditioned for the role of James Bond but his audition was deemed 'too aggressive'.
'I was in Albert R Broccoli's office for five minutes, but it was really over for me in seconds,' he reportedly said.
'He's expecting another Connery to walk through the door and there are few of them around.'
Outside of The Professionals, which is currently being re-shown on ITV Four, his best known role came playing SAS officer Captain Peter Skellen in the 1982 film Who Dares Wins.
He subsequently applied to join the Territorial SAS, a unit open to part-time reservists but was rejected because of his fame, despite passing the entrance tests.
He also appeared in 1970s sitcom The Cuckoo Waltz, which dealt with the comic complications that ensue when impoverished newlyweds Chris and Fliss Hawthorne, played by David Roper and Diane Keen, take in a lodger, Gavin Rumsey (Collins) to ease their financial problems.

increase-google-search traffic for Daredevil: Collins vaulting a railing above the streets of London in 1981. He auditioned for James Bond, but was told he was 'too aggressive' for the part to http://funmikemmy.blogspot.comR. I. P. TO THE PROFESSIONALS STAR, LEWIS COLLINS
R. I. P. TO THE PROFESSIONALS STAR, LEWIS COLLINSAdieu Lewis and may your soul rest in peace.

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