Actor Sam Kelly dies

London: Actor Sam Kelly, known for his roles in comedy series `Porridge` and `Allo `Allo!`, has died. He was 70.

According to reports, the British actor, died peacefully after a prolonged illness.

"He does not leave any family but a host of friends who were his chosen family. His death is a great loss to them and the profession," Kelly`s agent, Lynda Ronan said.

The actor was reported to have been admitted to a hospice on Friday.

Kelly played prisoner Bunny Warren in the `Porridge` between 1974 and 1978 and Nazi captain Hans Geering in the first four series of `Allo `Allo!` between 1982 and 1987. As Captain Geering he was best remembered for his cry `tler!`, an unenthusiastic salute to Hilter.

His other roles include the sitcoms `Barbara` and `On the Up`, as well as the 1993 prisoner of war TV comedy `Statagluft`, in which he played Hitler alongside Stephen Fry and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Throughout his career Kelly also received plaudits for his theatrical performances which included roles at the National Theatre and Old Vic.

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