“Goblet of Fire” Actor Eric Sykes Dead at Age 89

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Jul 05, 2012

Posted by Mel

Eric Sykes, who portrayed Frank Bryce in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” passed away peacefully yesterday morning. BBC News reports:

“Eric Sykes, 89, star of TV, stage and films, died peacefully this morning after a short illness,” said Norma Farnes. “His family were with him.”

Sykes found fame in a series of TV sitcoms from the 1950s, including Sykes And A… alongside Hattie Jacques.

Sir Bruce Forsyth paid tribute to the star, calling him “one of the greats of comedy in this country”.

“He was universally loved here,” the entertainer continued. “He was just one of the funniest men ever.”

Comedian Stephen Fry wrote on Twitter: “Oh no! Eric Sykes gone? An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man.”

Our condolences go out to the family.





26 Responses to “Goblet of Fire” Actor Eric Sykes Dead at Age 89

Avatar ImageDlcohm7 says: Our muggle caretaker god bless! Harry giving you big hugs now Avatar ImageG.Weasley says: R.I.P Eric SykesAvatar ImageHogwartsForever says: :(Avatar ImageMudblood_and_proud says: OH NO!!!!!!!!!!! im watching the 4th movie tonight in his honour!!!!!!Avatar Imagemuggle..andproudofit says: Oh that is really too bad!;(Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: The report above doesn't really do justice to his work, so please click on the link! I'm glad that Leaky has put this up here, but I wish they'd used an avatar of one of his scenes. I watched Goblet of Fire again a couple of weeks back, and admiring his performance in that cameo role.Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: I meant to say, 'and remember admiring...' He put so much into that little cameo.Avatar Imagehorcruxhunter7 says: Oh, I love Stephen Fry's comment! At least he died peacefully... Avatar Image says: @Moglet, they finally heard you and by Mel herself!Avatar ImageWeasleyisourking99 says: RIP Eric, we raise our wands to you.Avatar Imagemoglet says: It is sad news, and he was an amazing man; scriptwriter, comedian and actor. I'm glad he went peacefully, he was much loved and will be missed, I grew up watching him in his comedy series with Hattie Jacques (and various other things) and remember him with real affection. As Valeria-Johanna said, why can't they put a picture of Eric as Frank Bryce a the top of the article? I'm sure it would be perfectly easy to do, and it would show a bit more respect for this talented man. Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Most folks here in the US are not familiar with his career... Too bad that, he was quite talented & prolific. Another great one is lost. Rest in Peace Eric.Avatar Imagemoglet says: Please Leaky give us a photo of Eric Sykes as Frank Bryce instead of that one of Krum and the Goblet of Fire, it would be so much more appropriate.Avatar ImagePhoenixStrike16745 says: :( that's really sad. RIPAvatar Imagedoctorpope says: Frank Bryce? Muggle caretaker? Who is this person?Avatar ImageHarryLoverAllRound says: Rest in Peace Eric Sykes Avatar Imagemoglet says: @doctorpope181, Frank Bryce was the caretaker at the Riddle House in Goblet of Fire, and he was killed by Voldemort and is one of the people who appears in the scene when Harry is duelling with Voldemort and the wands connect and the last few people that were killed by Voldemort's wand reappear due to the Priori Incantatem effect. Both book and film open with the scene where Frank Bryce goes to investigate the intruders in the Riddle House.Avatar ImageHBPFan says: I admit I don't know Eric Sykes from any of his previous work, but I thought he was a very good choice for the role of Frank Bryce. He played his part very well in GoF, and I was sad to hear of his death..that's why I agree with people asking Leaky to change the photo, it's a bit misleading.. I got a little muddled while reading the headline - that Eric Sykes has died - and yet I was looking at a picture of the actor portraying Victor Krum putting his name in the Goblet of Fire.. wouldn't it be more appropriate and respectful towards Mr Sykes' memory to have his own photo to go with this report?Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: I think so.Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: Leaky has just eaten my comment! I'll try again - yes, I think so, too.Avatar Imagemoglet says: It would seem that putting a picture of Eric Sykes at the top of the article is beyond the powers of Leaky, or else no one is listening to us or has a proper sense of respect. I'm really quite irritated now.Avatar ImageHermioneGrangerrules says: He was such a good actor!!! :'(Avatar ImageHermioneGrangerrules says: He was such a good actor!!! :'(Avatar Imagehewy says: Peace be the journey Mr. Sykes! Your work in TV & film are preserved for posterity!Avatar Imageselenialovegood says: Aw, that's sad. Just got home from Ireland yesterday. Very sad news about his death. Fortunately he lived a long life. Rest in peace, and may God bless Your family in these very hard times. Avatar Imagehogwarts-is-my-home says: Aww, that's sad. :( I hope he can look back from wherever he is now and say he had a good life.

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