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John Challis: Funeral for Only Fools and Horses star

The wife of Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis says fans' outpouring of support has been "overwhelming" in the run-up to his funeral. The actor, who played Boycie in the BBC sitcom, died in September, aged 79, following a long battle with cancer. He was interred on Saturday in...
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John Challis: Talented actor best known for his portrayal of ‘Boycie’ in Only Fools and Horses

While many actors remain in constant fear of being typecast, John Challis, who has died aged 79, embraced it. Both on and off stage, he positively revelled in his long-running role as Herman Terrance Aubrey Boyce, known as “Boycie” – the shady Peckham second-hand car dealer whose character catapulted Challis to fame as one of the mainstays of John Sullivan’s hugely popular BBC sitcom, Only Fools and Horses. A fine character actor, who enjoyed a richly diverse roster of roles throughout the course of more than half a century in the business, Challis never ceased to find it immensely flattering...
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John Challis obituary

The actor John Challis, who has died of cancer aged 79, was familiar to the many millions of viewers of John Sullivan’s long-running BBC television sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1981-2003), in which he played the used-car salesman Boycie. The series depicted the aspirations of the deluded but determined Peckham...
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John Challis: Why Serbians have soft spot for late Only Fools actor

There is a place in Belgrade which will always carry an echo of Peckham. Deputy Mayor Goran Vesic has not yet identified the precise location - but he revealed that Serbia's capital will name a road in honour of John Challis, who played Boycie in the long-running BBC sitcom, Only Fools and Horses.
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Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis dies aged 79

John Challis, best known for playing Boycie in BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, has died at the age of 79. His family said he died "peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer". Co-star Sir David Jason paid tribute to Challis as a "a wonderful actor" and...
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Ice-T Mourns Loss of Surprising Twitter Friend John Challis, 'Only Fools and Horses' Actor

John Challis, the British actor who starred in the long-running BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, died on Sunday following a battle with cancer. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Ice-T shared a tribute to the actor, noting that the two became unlikely friends on Twitter. Challis, who was planning a speaking tour until his poor health forced him to cancel, was 79.
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Poem of the week: Thames by John Challis

After a day of keeping tugs and waste disposal barges,. sailing racers, showboats and commuter clippers afloat,. to stretch out in, within a space no bigger than itself,. where every London intersects, to get its nose beneath the grave,. then flips the past up like a coin to send afloat.
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John Challis and Boycie - how one of TV's greatest comedy characters was born

As Only Fools and Horses' smarmy businessman Boycie, John Challis played one of the most memorable characters in one of the most memorable British TV shows of all time - not to mention having one of the most memorable (if irritating) laughs. Boycie was the sneeringly superior, shiny-suited, sharp-practising second-hand...
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‘Only Fools And Horses’ star John Challis has died, aged 79

The actor, known for playing Boycie in the long-running BBC comedy, had been suffering from cancer. His family said in a statement: “Our dear friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer.”. They added: “It is with heavy hearts that we...
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