‘Professionals’ Star Lewis Collins Dies

Lewis Collins, from 'The Professionals' dead

British actor dead at 67

Lewis Collins, the British-born actor who co-starred in cult 1970s TV show “The Professionals,” has died. He was 67.

“He died peacefully at his L.A. home surrounded by his family. Privacy is asked for at this very sad time,” his agent told the BBC.

It is understood that Collins had fought a five-year battle with cancer.

“The Professionals” was based around a fictional crime fighting unit called CI5 and ran for 57 episodes on ITV between 1977 and 1983. It was known for its rough and tumble action and car chases featuring a Ford Capri.

Collins’ film roles included actioners like “Who Dares Wins” and “The Commander.”

It was widely reported that he was considered as a candidate for the role of James Bond. But he later dropped out of acting and set up a computer business in the U.S.

“We spent a very tough four years together in making ‘The Professionals,’ and shared in the production of what has become an icon of British television,” said Martin Shaw, his “Professionals” co-star. “He will be remembered as part of the childhood of so many people, and mourned by his fans. I send my love and condolences to his family, and the great many who will miss him.”

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  1. Graham says:

    Thanks for a great Actor who entertained us so brilliantly in all the characters he portrayed. No doubt, he will be best remembered for his key role of Bodie in The Professionals. He deserved much greater stardom. Respectful wishes to family and friends. Thanks for what you gave us Lewis.

  2. gee gee says:

    RIP Bodie I remember being young an the highlight was to watch the professionals an today i still watch all the repeats so so sad deepest sympathy to his family at what must be a very sad time, i know what its like to loose someone to cancer my father passed away earlier this year an the very next day my mother to

  3. I loved The Professionals and especially Lewis Collins, it is one of the world’s great mysteries that he did not become a big star (he could have been the Jason Statham of his era) He was a genuine original.

  4. Lisa says:

    You’d have made a great James Bond, Lewis RIP x

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