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The telly legend – who starred in the long-running television advert for Oxo – has died at the age of 79, his son confirmed.
Beloved actor Michael – who appeared alongside his onscreen wife Lynda Bellingham in the nostalgic commercial – sadly passed away at his home in Spain following a lengthy illness las Friday.
The star was best known for his role as the Oxo dad in the advert sporting his trademark moustache which was on the airwaves for 16 years between 1983 and 1999.
His loving son Ashley confirmed the devastating news as he paid a sweet tribute to his late father.
Speaking to the Mirror, he gushed: "Over the years, he was cast in a variety of roles including leading parts in the soap opera United!, The Newcomers as well as roles in classics such as The Two Ronnies, Porridge and Some Mothers Do Av 'Em.
"He of course was best known for his role n the Oxo commercials, which he did for 17 years and became a much loved figure in one of Britain's favourite television families.
"He will be greatly missed by his wife Carol and his family," he concluded.
As well as Michael's success in the hugely popular TV commercial, the actor also appeared in a slew of other TV dramas and comedies over his lengthy career too.
Michael has performed roles in The Young Detectives, Crossroads, The Offence, And Mother Makes Five, George & Mildred.
He also appeared in Robin's Nest, The Young Ones, Filthy, Rich and Catflap, Boon and Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery.
The star recalled how much he loved working alongside Lynda who he fondly noted: "I was a face but she was a name and a very good actress."
His onscreen wife Lynda – who also appeared as a panellist on Loose Women – announced she had been diagnosed with colorectal canner in July 2013.
And less than a year later the brunette beauty confirmed she had months left to live in September 2014 after she decided to stop her chemotherapy treatment in August of the same year.
But Lynda went on to beat the odds, as she lived another two years with her loving family before she passed away on October 19 2016 with her husband by her side.
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