EASTENDERS star who played Arthur Fowler has died aged 92.
Bill Treacher was one of the BBC soap’s original cast members and appeared from 1985 until 1996.
Who was Bill Treacher?
Bill Treacher was a British actor born on June 4, 1930, in East London.
He was best known for portraying the role of Arthur Fowler in BBC Sopa Opera EastEnders.
In 2015, Treacher said he had been diagnosed with ataxia, a disorder which can affect co-ordination, balance and speech.
As a result, he was relying on a wheelchair and had retired from acting.
On November 8, 2022, it was announced that Treacher had died late on Saturday night (November 6) after suffering from declining health for some time, his family said.
A statement from his family said: "The family of the actor Bill Treacher are sad to announce that Bill died late Saturday night, 5 November 2022.
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"He was 92 years old and his health had been declining for some time. He was much loved by his wife, Kate, his son, Jamie and his daughter, Sophie.
"Bill was a brilliant actor and a wonderful husband and father, plus a very fine human being. He will be hugely missed.
"The family respectfully request privacy at this time."
When did Bill Treacher play Arthur Fowler?
Bill Treacher played Arthur Fowler from 1985 to 1996.
He was the first person to be cast for the show.
Treacher appeared in EastEnders until 1996, when his character was in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Treacher stated in a 2003 BBC documentary interviewing past stars of the show that he felt compelled to leave the show as he was getting old.
He said the gruelling schedule of working long hours was affecting his health.
The doctors told him if he does not leave the job soon and relax that it would kill him.
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What else did Bill Treacher do during his career?
In 2006, Treacher had a guest-starring role in the ITV police drama The Bill.
He also appeared as a security guard in an episode of Casualty in December 2007.
Treacher appeared in several films, most notably Pop Pirates (1984), The Musketeer (2001), Tale of the Mummy (1998), and George and the Dragon (2004).
Was Bill Treacher married?
Mr Treacher was married to Australian actress Katherine Kessey.
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The pair had two children Jamie and Sophie.
Jamie works as an actor, while Sophie is a production assistant.
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