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Jack Smethurst Love Thy Neighbor star dies aged 89

Jack Smethurst: Love Thy Neighbor music star Jack Smethurst died peacefully at home at the age of 89, his family said.

Smethurst played a major factory worker Eddie Booth in the 1970s ITV sitcom.

Confirming the news of his death on Twitter, his son Adam posted a series of photos of the life and work of the actor.

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“Today we say goodbye to our dear father,” he wrote. “She was very popular and brought joy to many.”

Tribute to Twitter

“Our whole family is grateful for the long and fruitful life,” he added.
Comedian Tommy Cannon paid tribute to Twitter, recalling how he and Smethurst enjoyed their first panto season working together.

It was so much fun working with him.”

Actor and musician Robin Askwith described Smethurst as “a thoughtful and talented actor”.
After the destruction of a Blitz family home during World War II.

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After joining his national ministry with the RAF, Smethurst went to the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1959 he joined the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theater. In John Arden’s war-fighting Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, starring Dudley Moore’s fans.

Debut film

Love Thy Neighbor made his debut film in the 1958 drama Carry On Sergeant. And then appeared in the 1960s production of kitchen scripts, A Kind Of Loving, starring Alan Bates, and Saturday Night And Sunday Morning, starring Albert Finney.

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But it was in 1972 that he discovered his well-known place Booth. Love Thy Neighbor on-screen wife Joan, portrayed by Kate Williams, had a more receptive attitude.
The show, which brought controversy at the time because of its handling of issues related to racism. Class and racism, ran eight series until 1976.

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Jack Smethurst also starred in the film Love Thy Neighbor, released in 1973.
After a brief appearance on the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, Smethurst appeared as binman Johnny Webb on Coronation Street.

Beginning in the late 1980s, he returned to his theater roots. In productions such as An Inspector Calls. The Taming of The Shrew, and Toyah Willcox, as well as A View From The Bridge, and Hobson’s Choice.

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His last television role was in Casualty during recent games.

In 2015, she was honored with a lifetime achievement award. By The Heritage Foundation, for her outstanding contribution to the arts and entertainment.

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