Obituary – Dennis Waterman- Actor in Minder, the Sweeney and New Tricks
Legendary TV actor Dennis Waterman has died at the age of 74, his family has announced.
Waterman was one of the most popular television actors of the 1970s and 80s. He starred as bodyguard Terry McCann in Minder after first finding fame as tough nut cop George Carter in The Sweeney.
In more recent years, he starred as Gerry Standing in the BBC’s New Tricks, and throughout his career other TV roles included ITV’s Where The Heart Is, The Canterbury Tales and Moses Jones, both for the BBC.
- Died: May 8th, 2022
- Details of death: Unknown at the time of writing this obituary.
The London-born actor, who launched to fame with a BBC drama based on the Just William books in his teens, had a major role in 1967 film Up the Junction.
He then went on to become one of Britain’s most popular TV stars in the 1970s and 1980s.
One of his most famous roles included Detective Sergeant George Carter in ITV police series The Sweeney, which he starred in alongside John Thaw.
He went on to play Terry McCann in Minder from 1979 to 1989. His character was the bodyguard of Arthur Daley (George Cole).
In the 1990s, he appeared in TV shows Stay Lucky, On the Up and The Knock. In 2003, he made his debut as a detective in the long-running BBC drama New Tricks.
He was the only constant cast member to star in the series. His co-stars included Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Tamzin Outhwaite. The show came to an end in 2015.
Waterman was also a singer who performed the theme tunes for both Minder and New Tricks.
The actor had two daughters, one of whom was Hannah Waterman, who is best known for playing Laura Beale in EastEnders.
He was married four times, including to actors Patricia Maynard for 10 years (1977-87) and Rula Lenska for 11 years (1987-98). He married Pam Flint in 2011.
Date of birth: February 24th 1948
Date of Death: May 8th 2022 (aged 74 years)