SIR DAVID JASON LEADS TRIBUTES TO ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES CO-STAR JOHN CHALLIS
By Alex Green, PA Senior Entertainment Reporter
Sir David Jason has described John Challis as “a gentleman in the true sense of the word”, following his Only Fools And Horses co-star’s death aged 79.
The actor’s family said in a statement that he died “peacefully in his sleep” in the early hours of Sunday “after a long battle with cancer”.
He was best-known for his portrayal of unscrupulous second-hand car dealer Boycie in the beloved sitcom, alongside Sir David and Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Sir David, who played Derek “Del Boy” Trotter, said in a statement: “It is with much sadness to hear that John Challis, a dear friend, has passed away.
“He was a wonderful actor, a gentleman in the true sense of the word and I know he will be missed by so many.”