Stephen Lewis, On the Buses’ Blakey, dies in London, aged 88

0
SC
Inspector ‘Blakey’.

THE actor Stephen Lewis, who played the dictatorial inspector ‘Blakey’ in 70s sitcom On the Buses, has died aged 88. 

Lewis also featured in the BBC’s well-loved Sunday night sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, between 1988 until 2007, as Clem ‘Smiler’ Hemmingway.

A statement from his family said he had passed away peacefully in an East London nursing home, early on Wednesday morning (August 12).

-- Advertisement --

On the Buses ran from 1969 to 1973, and Blakey’s often-repeated line ‘I’ll get you Butler!’ – as he was once again outfoxed by his archenemy, the crafty bus driver played by Reg Varney – was one of the series’ most memorable phrases.

A follow up set in Spain, called Don’t Drink the Water, also featured Lewis as Blakey, the luckless character having retired to the Costas with his sister.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here