British actor and comic Tim Brooke-Taylor, star of widespread BBC sequence “The Goodies,” has died of coronavirus at 79.

The actor’s agent confirmed to Selection that Brooke-Taylor died early Sunday from the virus.

Brooke-Taylor’s profession in comedy started at Cambridge College, the place he was a part of the famend Footlights Membership — a launchpad for such comedy skills as John Cleese, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson — earlier than transferring into radio at public broadcaster BBC, the place his reveals included comedy program “I’m Sorry, I’ll Learn That Once more.” He first appealed on panel present “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue” in 1972 and continued to make common appearances on this system.

His transition into tv included such highlights as “At Final The 1948 Present,” the place he was a writer-performer alongside Cleese, in addition to comedy sequence “Marty” and “Broaden Your Thoughts.”

His break-out success, nevertheless, got here with BBC Two sequence “The Goodies,” which ran from 1970 to 1982 — ending its run with a remaining yr on what turned ITV — and starred Brooke-Taylor and fellow comedians Graeme Backyard and Invoice Oddie, who had been tasked with doing “something, anytime,” leading to an array of antics that mixed slapstick sketches and scenario comedy throughout the present.

“The Goodies” was among the many first within the U.Ok. to make use of stop-motion methods in a dwell motion format.

Extra lately, Brooke-Taylor co-hosted Channel four daytime sport present “Beat The Nation” with Graeme Backyard. His remaining TV credit score was an episode of BBC One medical cleaning soap “Medical doctors” in 2015.

Brooke-Taylor was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) throughout the Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honors, for companies to leisure.

Brooke-Taylor is survived by spouse Christine Weadon and their two sons Ben and Edward.