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"Goblet of Fire" Actor Eric Sykes Dead at Age 89

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Posted by: Mel
July 05, 2012, 07:15 PM

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.

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25 Comments

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Our muggle caretaker god bless! Harry giving you big hugs now

Posted by Dlcohm7 on July 05, 2012, 07:39 PM report to moderator
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R.I.P Eric Sykes

Posted by Acciobrooms on July 05, 2012, 09:05 PM report to moderator
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:(

Posted by HogwartsForever on July 05, 2012, 10:36 PM report to moderator
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OH NO!!!!!!!!!!! im watching the 4th movie tonight in his honour!!!!!!

Posted by Mudblood_and_proud on July 05, 2012, 10:53 PM report to moderator
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Oh that is really too bad!;(

Posted by muggle..andproudofit =:) on July 05, 2012, 11:14 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on July 06, 2012, 02:32 AM report to moderator
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I meant to say, ‘and remember admiring…’ He put so much into that little cameo.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on July 06, 2012, 02:37 AM report to moderator
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Oh, I love Stephen Fry’s comment! At least he died peacefully…

Posted by horcruxhunter7 on July 06, 2012, 02:44 AM report to moderator
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@Moglet, they finally heard you and by Mel herself!

Posted by Elodie Eeylop on July 06, 2012, 02:55 AM report to moderator
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RIP Eric, we raise our wands to you.

Posted by Weasleyisourking99 on July 06, 2012, 05:31 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on July 06, 2012, 06:12 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by Won_Two on July 06, 2012, 11:04 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on July 06, 2012, 02:24 PM report to moderator
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:( that’s really sad. RIP

Posted by PhoenixStrike16745 on July 06, 2012, 03:58 PM report to moderator
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Frank Bryce? Muggle caretaker? Who is this person?

Posted by doctorpope181 on July 06, 2012, 06:26 PM report to moderator
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