“Only Fools and Horses” star John Charis died of cancer at the age of 79, his family said.
He was best known for portraying the beloved Sitcom and villainous used car dealer Voicy, alongside Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.
He canceled his 30-day speaking tour earlier this month after appearing only once due to poor health.
A statement from his family to PA News Agency said: Our dear friend John Charis died peacefully during his sleep after a long battle with cancer.
“He is always loved for being’voicy’and leaves a legacy of great work that will continue to bring joy and smiles for years to come.
“Respect the privacy of John’s family and friends during this difficult time and be confident that we will have the opportunity to celebrate John’s life in the future and welcome everyone to come with us.”
A cigar-smoker, ridiculous Voicy married Sue Holderness’s energetic Marlene and regularly faced Sir David’s Dell Boy.
Holderness said in a statement: John Charis has been my partner on screen and stage and my beloved friend for 36 years. RIP darling. I miss you every day. “
Charis was born in Bristol, but moved to southeast London when he was one.
He attended State Ottershaw School near Walking, Surrey, and worked as a trainee realtor before becoming a professional actor.
Early roles included a recurring role in the 1969 gang drama “Big Breadwinner Hog” and in “Z-Cars” as Sergeant Culshaw from 1971 to 1975.
From 1981 to 2003, Charis played Terence Aubrey Voice in “On Leaf Dolls and Horses,” as well as in the Voicy-focused spin-off show “Green Green Grass.”
He recently became an honorary citizen of Serbia, and the BBC’s sitcom remains very popular.
Charis produced the documentary “Boycie In Belgrade” to find out why the show was so loved in the Balkans.
He was also known for playing Montysteins on the ITV sitcom Benidorm.
Charis performed on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theater, and regularly appeared in Pantomime productions.
His family requested donations to his favorite animal charities, Cuan Wildlife Rescue, Tusk, and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, instead of flowers.
Their statement added, “As Voicy said … you know it makes sense!”