Belfast Telegraph

Friday 6 March 2015

Harry's Game star Ray Lonnen dies at the age of 74

Ray Lonnen in the 1982 TV hit Harry's Game
Ray Lonnen in the 1982 TV hit Harry's Game

Fellow actors have paid tribute to Ray Lonnen - the star of classic Troubles TV drama Harry's Game - who has died at the age of 74.

The star had a screen career stretching more than half-a-century with appearances in popular shows Doctor Who, Rich Tea And Sympathy, Crossroads and voicing the animated series Budgie The Little Helicopter.

His biggest TV hit was the 1982 IRA manhunt thriller Harry's Game, in which he played British soldier Captain Harry Brown who goes undercover in Belfast to capture a gunman.

He also starred alongside the late Belfast actor Jimmy Ellis –who died in March – in Z Cars.

He continued to work despite being diagnosed with cancer three years ago. He died on Friday, his family said.

Tara Ward, Lonnen's wife of 20 years, said: "Ray was a gentle man who showed great strength in his final years."

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