Paul Shane, the British actor who became famous for his role on the show “Hi-De-Hi!” has died after a brief illness. He was 72 years old.
Shane actually got started in showbiz in an unlikely way; after a mining accident at the age of just 27, he sang in small pubs in the ’70s and was eventually offered television roles. His biggest role was that of entertainer Ted Bovis on the popular BBC series “Hi-De-Hi!”
Linda Kremer, Shane’s agent, had this to say about her client and friend:
“Paul Shane was a consummate professional, a true gentleman, a good friend, and a joy to work with over the past 15 years. He didn’t suffer fools, always maintained his sense of humour, never stinted on the time he gave to his fans. He lightened my life and I’ll miss him enormously.”
Shane is also being remembered on Twitter today by those who knew him and those who grew up watching him.
Very sad to hear about the passing of Paul Shane. A comedy genius full of joy, talent, and charm. ‘Goodnight campers.’
— westendproducer (@westendproducer) May 16, 2013
Sad to hear of Paul Shane’s passing – really loved him in Hi-De-Hi #massivepartofmychildhood
— Aled Jones (@realaled) May 16, 2013
I remember watching the first ever episode of Hi de Hi and just loving him. RIP PaulShane.
— Tracy Ann Oberman (@TracyAnnO) May 16, 2013
RIP Paul Shane I adored you in Hi-Di-Hi great comedy actor lost!!
— Lisa Jane riley (@Reallisariley) May 16, 2013
RIP Paul Shane. His Pebble Mill appearance scarred us all. With brilliance.youtu.be/ZJvGdOC6D1Y
— David Easson (@DavidEasson) May 16, 2013
I’m genuinely sad at the death of Paul Shane. He was a huge part of my childhood and had a really endearing way about him! RIP Ted!
— Kosmic Kris (@KosmicKris) May 16, 2013