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Inman made his name in the 1970s show as Mr Humphries, whose catchphrase "I'm ...
Comedy actor Inman dies aged 71
Actor John Inman, most famous for the comedy Are You Being Served?, has died in London aged 71, his spokesman said.
Inman made his name in the 1970s show as Mr Humphries, whose catchphrase "I'm free!" entered popular culture.
In recent years he was a pantomime regular, most often taking the role of the dame. He also made appearances in BBC comedy show Revolver in 2004.
The Preston-born actor died in hospital and had been suffering from a Hepatitis A infection for some time.
"John was one of the wittiest and most inventive actors I've ever worked with"
The infection, usually caused by eating contaminated food, forced him to cancel the opening of a pantomime in London in December 2004.
It was initially hoped he would be able to return to the production of Dick Whittington, in which he was due to play Wanda the Cook, but he never worked again.
His manager Phil Dale said: "John was known and loved throughout the world. He was one of the best and finest pantomime dames working to capacity audiences throughout Britain.
"John was known for his comedy plays and farces which were enjoyed from London's West End throughout the country and as far as Australia, Canada and the USA."
Inman's Are You Being Served? co-star Wendy Richard told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "John was one of the wittiest and most inventive actors I've ever worked with.
"He was a brilliant, brilliant pantomime dame and he was a very good all-round actor, really. He was a true professional."
Are You Being Served? ran on the BBC from 1972 to 1985 and depicted the antics of the staff of Grace Brothers, an old-fashioned department store.
Mr Humphries became one of TV's best known characters, and in 1976 Inman was voted funniest man on television by TV Times readers. He was declared BBC TV's personality of the year the same year.
Trevor Bannister, who played Mr Lucas in the series, told BBC News 24: "The 'I'm free!' was something put in because that is what people in those stores really said.
"We didn't realise it would become a running catchphrase.
"It was that way about the whole show - we never realised it was going to as successful as it was."
Actress Rula Lenska, who worked with him on TV and in pantomime, paid tribute to his comic style.
"It was suggestive but never in your face or aggressive. It had an innocent quality that you rarely find today.
"He was a joy to work with and even after an exhausting day in pantomime he would have time for the fans who crowded round the stage door."
Inman's long-term partner, Ron Lynch, is said to be "devastated" at his death.
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Published: 2007/03/08 11:13:03 GMT
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Shame that,camp as anything but funny and clean humour as in suggestive but not foul or anything.
yep great shame, one of my favourite comedy shows of the 70's while growing up, very funny actor. RIP
Thought the guy was very camp , but very injoyable to watch , very similar to another great camp comedion kenerth williams .
IM FREEEE............ no thats a damn shame just goes to show unfortunatly that no one lives forever. rest in peace john.
what a shame rest in peace
sad loss was a good actor..
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