Lewis Collins who starred in cult 1970s crime-action series The Professionals has died at the age of 67.
The British actor had been battling cancer for the past five years and died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles, according to his agent.
“He died peacefully at his LA home surrounded by his family. Privacy is asked for at this very sad time.” – Collins’ agent
Collins starred alongside Martin Shaw in The Professionals which proved a hit with ITV viewers between 1977 and 1983. Other notable roles include SAS officer Captain Peter Skellen in 1982 film Who Dares Wins and George Godley in a 1988 drama about Jack the Ripper.
His acting career began in the early 1970s with Z-Cars, Crown Court, The New Avengers and The Bill among his credits. In the 1980s he auditioned for the role of James Bond but was considered “too aggressive” for the part.
“I thought he would have made a marvellous Bond,” The Professionals creator Brian Clemens told the BBC. “He was tough and he could fight, he looked good, he was handsome and he had this nice sense of humour. I knew he had auditioned [for James Bond] and I think they were wrong not to take him up.”
“We spent a very tough four years together in making the Professionals, and shared in the production of what has become an icon of British television.
“He will be remembered as part of the childhood of so many people, and mourned by his fans. I send my love and condolences to his family, and the great many who will miss him.” – Martin Shaw
Collins is survived by wife Michelle, whom he married in 1992, and their three children.
Lewis Collins 26 May 1946 – 27 November 2013