Old 07-20-2013, 09:46 PM
RIP: Mel Smith (1952-2013)

RIP: Mel Smith (1952-2013)

Mel Smith remembered: 'A gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit'


Mel Smith, the British comedian, writer, actor, producer and film director, known for his long and popular television partnership with Griff Rhys Jones, died on Friday at the age of 60. He suffered a heart attack at his London home.

Smith's deadpan style, along with his lugubrious manner and large build, quickly established him as one of the country's favourite television performers in the early 1980s.

Jones, his friend for 35 years, said he had lost "a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit" and that he was in a state of shock. "I still can't believe this has happened. To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. He had a relish for it that seemed utterly inexhaustible.

"He inspired love and utter loyalty and he gave it in return. I will look back on the days working with him as some of the funniest times that I have ever spent. We probably enjoyed ourselves far too much, but we had a rollercoaster of a ride along the way."

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Old 07-22-2013, 07:40 PM
Yep, very sad. I grew up on Alas Smith and Jones and also saw Mel and Griff live, which I still remember very fondly. He directed Emma Thompson and Jeff Goldblum in The Tall Guy, and Rowan Atkinson in Bean, and starred in the brilliant adaptation of Tom Sharpe's Wilt - which if you have not seen I thoroughly recommend. He also set up Talkback Production which for us Brits has produced some fantastic comedy series'. Great talent ...
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:04 PM
Funny there's no mention of his most internationally famous role: the Albino in "The Princess Bride." But R.I.P. all the same.
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