‘On the Buses’ actor Stephen Lewis dies aged 88

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Published: August 14, 2015 12:36:42 PM

Stephen Lewis, the actor who played Inspector Cyril Blake in 1970s sitcom 'On the Buses,' has dies. He was 88.

Stephen Lewis, the actor who played Inspector Cyril Blake in 1970s sitcom ‘On the Buses,’ has dies. He was 88.

According to his family, Stephen Lewis took his last breath “quite peacefully” in a nursing home in Wanstead, east London, in the early on Wednesday, the BBC reported.

Born in east London in 1926, Stephen Lewis began his career at the Theatre Royal Stratford East under Joan Littlewood, and had also memorably appeared as Clem ‘Smiler’ Hemmingway in more than 130 episodes of ‘Last of the Summer Wine,’ from 1988-2007.

Stephen Lewis’s nephew Peter Lewis said his uncle’s health had gradually deteriorated in recent years but that he had kept his spirits up right until the end.

Rashid Ebrahimkhan, manager of the Cambridge Nursing Home, added that Lewis was resilient until and had sustained his sense of humour.

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