Sunderland-born actor Maurice Roeves dies at 83
The Wearside-born veteran actor Maurice Roeves has died at the age of 83.
The star was an adopted Scot, but was actually born in Sunderland in 1937.
His face was recognised around the world after he went on to appear in a string of internationally successful films and television shows.
One of his best known roles was as rocker Vince Diver in the 1987 drama Tutti Frutti, alongside Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson.
In an extensive career, he also played the mercenary Stotz in Doctor Who, as well as Colonel Munro in Michael Mann’s big screen version of The Last Of The Mohicans.
He was most recently seen in the BBC drama The Nest.
Roeves also appeared as Geoff, the alcoholic father of Kate Morton in EastEnders in 2003, and made appearances in the 1995 movie version of Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone, the 1998 TV adaptation of Vanity Fair and TV staples such as Casualty and Holby City.
Another short, but memorable appearance was as an Irish folk singer in the final series of the US sitcom Cheers.
A statement from his agent, Lovett Logan, said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of our wonderful client #MauriceRoeves.
“Maurice had a hugely successful career in both theatre and screen which spanned several decades, starting in his home country of Scotland and moving to London and the United States.
“He was loved by his legions of fans for many of his performances, including Vince Diver in Tutti Frutti, Stotz in Doctor Who, a Romulan captain in Star Trek and Colonel Edmund Munro in The Last Of The Mohicans.
“Maurice loved nothing more than being on set with his fellow actors and worked right up until the end, recently being seen in the BBC series The Nest at the start of this year.
“As well as being a truly dedicated and gifted actor, he was also a real gentleman and a delight to have as a client. We will miss him greatly and our thoughts and love go out to Vanessa and his family.”