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John Challis, best known for playing second-hand car dealer Boycie in the show, died ‘peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer.
A statement from his family said: ‘It is with heavy hearts that we bring you such sad news.
‘Our dear friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer.
He was 79 years old.
Only Fools And Horses star John Challis Dies
Challis has died “peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer,” his family has said.
A statement from the family of John Challis, best known for playing second-hand car dealer Boycie in Only Fools And Horses, said: “It is with heavy hearts that we bring you such sad news.
“Our dear friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer.
“He will always be loved for being ‘Boycie’ and leaves a great legacy of work that will continue to bring pleasure and smiles for many years to come.
“Please respect the privacy of John’s family and friends at this difficult time, and be assured that in the future, there will be an occasion to celebrate John’s life – when everyone will be welcome to come along.”
John Challis’s family said donations in his memory could be made to his chosen animal charities Cuan Wildlife Rescue, Tusk, or the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
Their statement added: “As Boycie would have said… you know it makes sense!”
Challis starred in Only Fools And Horses for 22 years before going on to star in the spin-off The Green Green Grass.
He also portrayed Monty Staines from the seventh series onwards in the ITV sitcom Benidorm from 2015 to 2018.
Challis has had several stage roles, including the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1960s and the National Theatre. He starred in pantomime at the Plaza Theatre in Stockport as Captain Hook in Peter Pan, a role he reprised in 2018 at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.
He also appeared in pantomime at Weston Playhouse in winter 2011–12, playing Ebenezer in Aladdin and as King Rat in Dick Whittington at the Plaza Theatre in Stockport over Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014. In 2013 Challis occasionally contributed to The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Live Tour as the narrator.
In 2014, Challis began a theatre tour of his one-person show titled Only Fools and Boycie, which charted his life before, during, and after his time as Boycie.