British actor Terence Rigby has died. He was 71.
The star, who is most famous for his roles in Get Carter and Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, lost his battle with lung cancer at his London home last week (Beg4Aug08).
Rigby became well known in his native England following his starring roles in popular TV series Softly, Softly: Task Force and the BBC's 1980s adaptation of Sherlock Holmes tale, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
His other film roles included Elizabeth and as the voice of Silver in beloved animated children's tale Watership Down.
Rigby began his career in the theatre, attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts alongside legendary British TV actor John Thaw.
The actor went on to direct a string of shows in London's West End, most recently Waiting for Godot in 2005.
A spokesman for Rigby says, "He will be sorely missed. There are not so many like him any more. He was a very powerful character actor, able to play villains and nice roles with ease."
Rigby had no immediate survivors.