Actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, best known for his deadpan delivery and demeanour as Trigger in Only Fools And Horses, dies aged 69.
His agent, Maureen Vincent, said he had pancreatic cancer and had “died at home surrounded by his family”.
Best known as Trigger in Only Fools and Horses and Owen Newitt in The Vicar Of Dibley, Lloyd-Pack played an incredible variety of roles during a TV, film and stage career which began in the 1960s.
Born in Islington in 1944 and educated at Bedales boarding school in Hampshire, Lloyd-Pack was regarded by colleagues as a gifted professional in productions as varied as pantomimes, police drama The Bill, and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
He was also a successful stage actor, appearing regularly at Shakespeare’s Globe in central London, but knew he would always be best known as Trigger.
In a 2012 interview with the Guardian, he said: “People will never stop shouting “Trigger!” at me in the street. The other day I jumped some lights on my bike because someone was hollering at me. A police van pulled me over, and when I stopped they also shouted: “Trigger!”. It can be very annoying.”
He was also politically active and a prominent campaigner for left-wing causes in the capital.
Lloyd-Pack’s daughter Emily shot to fame in the 1987 film Wish You Were Here before stepping back from the celebrity limelight after struggling with health issues.
John Challis, best known as Boycie in Only Fools, said: “I spoke to Roger two days ago. Roger said it was a bit awkward to talk at that particular moment. It is very sad and very distressing.
“My thoughts are with his family. He was a remarkable man and he’ll be missed. Roger is irreplaceable. It’s a very sorry day.”
I shall remember him with fondness and for all the good times we had together – Sir David Jason
Sir David Jason told of his “fondness” for his sitcom co-star and described him as a fine actor.
He said: “I was very saddened to hear of Roger’s passing. He was a very quiet, kind and unassuming actor who was a pleasure to work with.
“Although he played the simple soul of Trigger in Only Fools And Horses, he was a very intelligent man and a very fine actor capable of many roles. I shall remember him with fondness and for all the good times we had together.”
Shane Allen, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning, said: “The nation bids a fond and sad farewell to one of the most popular television sitcom actors of his generation.
“Roger Lloyd-Pack enjoyed a long and successful career which spanned everything from the hugely iconic Trigger to roles in Shakespeare at The Globe.
“He will be greatly missed and his work will live on for many years to come. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) January 16, 2014
@Channel4News RIPâ?¦ Legendâ?¦ â??Alwight Dave!â?
— Chris Campbell (@cclaptop) January 16, 2014
— Lisa Bailey (@lisa01403) January 16, 2014
— Simon Conway (@SimonConway) January 16, 2014
@Channel4News the bar scene.”brace yaself trig”
— matt corr (@mattcorr4) January 16, 2014
@Channel4News There were so many! Open 24hrs a day but not at night & naming the baby Rodney after Dave were two of my many favourites.
— Richard Harwood (@harwoodonline) January 16, 2014
@Channel4News what about Owen who he played in dibley
— simply caitlin (@sncjwinter) January 16, 2014
@Channel4News If it’s one line, for me it the scene in Sids cafe, the saying that all road sweepers have “Look after your Broom” By Trigger!
— Tom Davies (@TomDenovo) January 16, 2014
@Channel4News Trigger’s face when Del falls through the bar. Also RLP was very good as the Police inspector in Poirot – the Blue Train
— Iain (@Iain_33) January 16, 2014
Trigger on Gandhi: “He made one great film and then you never saw him again…”
— Conka (@conkamcbride) January 16, 2014
@Channel4News … an Trigger dithers about going through the shot from left to right then right to left so visually funny as well!
— Mark Harris (@ProfHarry44) January 16, 2014
— Christian Cerisola (@ChristianCeriso) January 16, 2014
@Channel4News so many as Trigger. Ghandi joke was a stand out
— (null) (@johns1984) January 16, 2014
Just awoken to terribly sad news that Roger Lloyd Pack has died. We loved playing with him At the Globe & the Apollo. Farewell, old friend.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 16, 2014