Alf Garnet actor Warren Mitchell has died aged 89.  A statement from his family said the star died in the early hours of Saturday “surrounded by his family”.

“He has been in poor health for some time, but was cracking jokes to the last,” the family added.

As Alf Garnett he appeared intially in the BBC TV series Till Death Us Do Part, the aged 40.  He continued in the part until the series ended in 1975.  So popular was the character, Alf was back ten years later in a new series In Sickness And In Health that ran until 1992.  There were also the ITV series Till Death and two movies.

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