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Frank Thornton

15 January 1921 to 16 March 2013

A dependable straightman to a range of top comedians, Thornton appeared in Tony Hancock’s classic episode The Blood Donor (1961) before achieving wider recognition as Captain Peacock in the sitcom Are You Being Served? (1972-85). He subsequently enjoyed a regular role as Truly in Last of The Summer Wine (1997-2010).