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Friday 22 August 2014

Film actor Graham Stark dies at 91

Graham Stark (centre) has died at the age of 91

Actor and director Graham Stark, who starred in almost 100 films including Alfie and Casino Royale, has died aged 91.

The star, who grew up in Merseyside and lived in London, died on Tuesday night after suffering a stroke in recent weeks.

Stark was good friends with Peter Sellers and was his best man on four different occasions.

He studied at RADA and made his film debut in 1939 before serving in the RAF during the war where he entertained the troops with future stars including Sellers, Tony Hancock and Dick Emery.

Stark also directed two films, Simon Simon and The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, and was a keen photographer who exhibited his work around the world.

He is survived by his wife, the actress Audrey Nicholson, three children and five grandchildren.

Joanna Lumley said Stark was "full of madness, energy, optimism, kindness and wild humour".

She said: "Being with him is like doing the Cresta Run on a bouncy castle: unpredictable and huge fun."

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